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I bought these at a Rock Shop in or near Moab Utah. Pretty sure the dude said they were from around there.

What do you guys think?

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rebu

Don't know much about Utah's fossils, I am sure people here will give you more information about this region but I also think that these teeth are from Morocco.

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Pemphix

I like the small one without root...

On the first view i thought they were from Morocco, but matrix looks not so typical.

Maybe the moroccan-experts can tell more...

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Tidgy's Dad

Lighting's not great, but they look Moroccan to me. 

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Pemphix

Yupp, lighting is not great, but matrix has usually more vertebrate remains as far as i saw on most of these pieces.

But sure, can be difference in the density of vert remains....

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gigantoraptor

Typical teeth from the phosphate mines around Khouribga. So yeah, these teeth are Moroccan. Would need beter pictures but from what I can see I think the roots are composited.

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Well... sorry about the lighting boys. We don't really get good natural lighting here in Redwoods very often. And now it is overcast again. :( 

14 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

but from what I can see I think the roots are composited

what does this mean? 

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There is also a bit of mold growing on the root of the larger tooth. Like i said. We have a very wet climate here. This piece has been sitting on my desk for more than 11 years now?

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gigantoraptor
26 minutes ago, Spoons said:

 

what does this mean? 

Both the tooth and the root are real, but they don't belong together and are thus placed in the rock.

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5 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

Both the tooth and the root are real, but they don't belong together and are thus placed in the rock.

thank you for sharing. Im trying to learn as much and as fast as I can.

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caldigger
52 minutes ago, Pemphix said:

Yupp, lighting is not great, but matrix has usually more vertebrate remains as far as i saw on most of these pieces.

But sure, can be difference in the density of vert remains....

Many of those composite/ man made display pieces are made with man made matrix. Just mix a bit of glue and sand together into a "mud pie" form, stick a fossil on it and you have a sellable item.

This can easily account for the lack of other bones in the matrix block.

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2 minutes ago, caldigger said:

Many of those composite/ man made display pieces are made with man made matrix. Just mix a bit of glue and sand together into a "mud pie" form, stick a fossil on it and you have a sellable item.

This can easily account for the lack of other bones in the matrix block.

there are fragmentary bones and the like in the matrix though.

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let me take a photo of the backside of the rootless tooth

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The Larger piece w/ root seems like it has far fewer fragments of bone throughout the matrix. It also seems artificially flattened on the bottom as well. Like it was sitting in a mold.

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gigantoraptor
6 minutes ago, Spoons said:

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This might be the fang of Enchodus libycus.

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abyssunder
3 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

This might be the fang of Enchodus libycus.

That was my thought, also.

The last pictures remind me of Moroccan matrix with its usual fossils.

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11 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

This might be the fang of Enchodus libycus.

really? thats awesome. 

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Pemphix
On 7.3.2019 at 8:13 PM, abyssunder said:

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The last pictures remind me of Moroccan matrix with its usual fossils.

Yes, now that we have better lighted photos it is obviously that what is known as typical from Moroccan matrix...

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