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Mystery Morocco jaw

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Aurelius

Hi everyone. Can anyone please identify this? I assume it must be a jaw of some kind, and is said to be from Morocco, but I've not seen anything quite like it before. I wondered if it might be something like Basilosaurus?

 

 

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ynot

Looks like a mastodon tooth to Me, but were they ever in Morocco?

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sixgill pete

Tony, you beat me too it. I agree looks like a mastodon tooth.

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Aurelius

Aha, that might explain it! I think the seller might be confused as to where the fossil is from.

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Tidgy's Dad

Never seen anything like it in Morocco, that's for sure. 

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RJB

From China. Use to have several of them myself.

 

RB

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abyssunder

Unfortunately we don't know the location of the find and the geological age.
It could be from China or from somewhere else. If it is from China could be of Middle Miocene to Pleistocene. I'd like to compare it to Platybelodon.

 

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mattbsharks
5 hours ago, RJB said:

From China. Use to have several of them myself.

 

RB

Thanks for those, I love them:D

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Harry Pristis

 

Compare with Sinomastodon:

 

 

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KimTexan

The seller could have just said it was from Morocco to avoid any issues with the prohibition of fossil exports from China.

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abyssunder

I don't see the resemblance with Sinomastodon jiangnanensis (Sinomastodon yangziensis) or the below Sinomastodontin, but It's just my perception, I could be wrong.

 

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Here are other Sinomastodon sp. molars from Thailand, for comparison.

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Sinomastodon sp. (c) PRY59, intermediate molar, (d) PRY 101, intermediate molar, (e) PRY62, left mandible with m3

 

It would be good to know where the specimen in question came from.

 

 

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