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  1. I have a nice percoid fish, it comes from an old collection and should come from northern africa. Perhaps Lybia or Tunesia. But, I have never seen some from there on the market. Size is around 9 cm, what is bit less than 4". No idea about the age, might be upper cretaecous or tertiary... Stone is a fine laminated hard limestone. No other fossils could be seen, only perhaps some ichnos thanks for your support! e.g. could be morocco, too, I do not believe due to the type of stone, but someone says it might be...
  2. Libyan desert’s yellow glass: how we discovered the origin of these rare and mysterious shards, Elizaveta Kovaleva Lecturer, University of the Western Cape The Conversation, November 20, 2023 Strange yellow glass found in Libyan desert may have formed from lost meteor impact By Elizaveta Kovaleva Live Science, December 03, 2023 The paper is: Kovaleva, E., Helmy, H., Belkacim, S., Schreiber, A., Wilke, F.D. and Wirth, R., 2023. Libyan Desert Glass: New evidence for an extremely high-pressure-temperature impact event from nanostructural study. American Mineralogist, 108(10), pp.1906-1923. More PDFs of of Dr. Kovaleva's Publciations Yours, Paul H.
  3. Hello everyone, Recently just purchased this Auriculatus tooth from the Qsar-el-sagha Formation in Egypt. Whilst making a label for it I have learnt that there is a lot of debate on what genus it belongs to. The two options being Charcharocles and Otodus. It is my understanding that American Paleontologists believe it is from the Charcharocles genus as it has serrations (Otodus not having serrations). In juxtaposition eastern European Paleontologists believe that serrations vs non-serrations is not enough evidence for it to be consider a species of Charcharocles and believe it is a species of Otodus. Case and Cappetta (1990), the review of the Eocene fauna in the Fayum Depression of Egypt (where this tooth comes from) calls it a Charcharocles however several people have told me it does indeed belong to the genus Otodus. Was wondering if anyone here has followed this issue more closely and could inform me if there was now an “accepted” genus. Thanks in advance, Josh
  4. Another Late Cretaceous titanosaur has been found in the land of pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies: Gorscak, E.; Lamanna, M. C.; Schwarz, D.; Díez Díaz, V.; Salem, B. S.; Sallam, H. M.; and Wiechmann, M. F., 2023. A new titanosaurian (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Quseir Formation of the Kharga Oasis, Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. e2199810. doi:10.1080/02724634.2023.2199810. When I read the 2018 paper describing Mansourasaurus, the significance of this titanosaur wasn't lost on me because Mansourasaurus itself was the first sauropod of Campanian-Maastrichtian age to be described from an African locality besides Madagascar, but the recovery of that genus as closely related to European titanosaurs suggested that some Eurasian titanosaurs colonized North Africa in the late Campanian-Maastrichtian. Although Igai semkhu is now the second described sauropod from the Quseir Formation, its holotype remained forgotten for decades after it was found in 1977, but the available morphological data places it as a relative of European titanosaurs like Mansourasaurus.
  5. EgyptFossilHunter

    Shark or sawfish

    Hey guys, I'm trying to ID a collection of verts found in an area of the Egyptian desert known for Marine late Eocene fossils. I need some help with how to work out the difference between shark and sawfish verts please. Thanks in advance
  6. Hello, I just signed up here because I am looking for fossil data on the Cenomanian North African hybodont Distobatus nutiae. Information on it has proven to be elusive and I do not have the means to access the article in which it was first described. I am particularly interested in information relevant to the potential size and diet of this species. While I'm at it, in my research I've also noticed that hybodont reconstructions even of the same genus (such as Hybodus) are variously reconstructed with either one or two pairs of cranial claspers. Is it clear from the fossil data how many pairs of cranial claspers male hybodonts were equipped with? Did it vary at the family, genus, or even species level? Hopefully this is the right area of the forum to seek this information, thanks in advance.
  7. Forum, I am doing a Nile River trip. Has anyone did any fossil shopping in Cairo or Aswan. From other posts it might be dicey. I was just wondering if anything showed up in the markets? Anyone have any personal experience to share?
  8. Would you please help me to identify these coral species, from the Eocene strata of Egypt?
  9. tamer hassan

    What is it?

    I found this fossil beside the nile river in giza egypt Anybody here know what this fossil for which animal?! Thanks
  10. I am visiting my wife’s brother and he found these in the desert in egypt many years ago. He was told they are fossilized camel dung. Anyone out there know what they are for reals? They are very dense. I hope the pix are ok. This is my first ever post from my phone. Adult human hand for scale.
  11. I noticed this fossil in the limestone at the base of the great pyramid whilst on holiday. Reading online there are quite a few Nummulites in the rock of the pyramids themselves but not much information on larger finds and unlike the quarried and transported stone of the pyramids themselves this was seemingly part of the natural giza rock forming base around the structure. Im very much an amateur at this but out of pure interest I was wondering what you all may think of it?
  12. BBC article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-58340807 Academic article here (including co-authorship by our own @Boesse): https://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rspb.2021.1368
  13. davidsf

    Crocodile Egg or Sea Urchin?

    During a trip to Egypt I found this potential fossil near the city of Aswan between the banks of the Nile River and Sahara Desert. I had thought it might have been a meteor and the sand fused around the meteor due to the Intense heat. But, I tested it with a magnet but there was absolutely no attraction. Therefore, I thought it might be a fossil given that I read about many fossils being discovered in the Sahara and the composition does appear to be any rock or stone that I've ever encountered. I assumed crocodile due to the spiky and bumpy texture, along with the historic prevalence of crocodiles in that region. What do you think this is? Thanks!
  14. Scylla

    New Egyptian Whale

    New protocetid whale was less of a leg swimmer and used more body undulations to swim than earlier protocetids. This transitional form was found in the valley of the whales world heritage site in 2007. http://www.sci-news.com/paleontology/aegicetus-gehennae-07905.html
  15. dinosaur man

    What is this

    Hi last year my moms friend went to Egypt and got me some fossils I was wondering what this was?
  16. The below paper is an interesting reinterpretation of the depositional environment of the Birket Qarun Formation of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wadi Al-Hitan, also known as either Valley of Whales or Zeuglodon Valley, in the Western Desert of Egypt. The paper is: Gee, C.T., Sander, P.M., Peters, S.E., El-Hennawy, M.T., Antar, M.S.M., Zalmout, I.S. and Gingerich, P.D., Fossil burrow assemblage, not mangrove roots: reinterpretation of the main whale-bearing layer in the late Eocene of Wadi Al-Hitan, Egypt. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, pp.1-16. The PDF file is at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326955395_Fossil_burrow_assemblage_not_mangrove_roots_reinterpretation_of_the_main_whale-bearing_layer_in_the_late_Eocene_of_Wadi_Al-Hitan_Egypt https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Paul_Sander2 The abstract is at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12549-018-0337-0 Yours, Paul H.
  17. Mystery of Libyan desert glass solved at last. Famous since the time of King Tut the origin of the scattered glass fragments has long puzzled researchers. Aaron Cavosie from Australia’s Curtin University explains. https://cosmosmagazine.com/archaeology/mystery-of-libyan-desert-glass-solved-at-last Planetary scientists unravel mystery of Egyptian desert glass by Curtin University, PyhsOrg https://phys.org/news/2019-05-planetary-scientists-unravel-mystery-egyptian.html https://www.sciencealert.com/exotic-glass-in-egypt-was-created-by-a-meteorite-impact-millions-of-years-ago 100-Year Mystery Solved, Yellow Glass In Egyptian Desert Caused By Meteorite Strike, Athena Chan, Tech Times https://www.techtimes.com/articles/243406/20190518/100-year-mystery-solved-yellow-glass-in-egyptian-desert-caused-by-meteorite-strike.htm The paper is: Cavosie, A.J. and Koeberl, C., 2019. Overestimation of threat from 100 Mt–class airbursts? High-pressure evidence from zircon in Libyan Desert Glass. Geology. DOI: 10.1130/G45974.1 https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article/570318/Overestimation-of-threat-from-100-Mtclass yours, Paul H.
  18. Ludwigia

    Microcyphus sp. (Agassiz 1846)

    From the album: Echinodermata

    4cm. diameter. Pleistocene From Hurghada, Egypt
  19. Ludwigia

    Echinometra sp. (Gray 1825)

    From the album: Echinodermata

    7x5.5x3cm. Pleistocene From Hurghada, Egypt
  20. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/deadthings/2019/01/09/basilosaurus/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A DiscoverHumanOrigins (Discover Human Origins)
  21. Oxytropidoceras

    Attempt to smuggle Egyptian fossils foiled

    Attempt to smuggle Egyptian fossils foiled By: Egypt Today staff Mon, Jan. 7, 2019 http://www.egypttoday.com/Article/1/63165/Attempt-to-smuggle-Egyptian-fossils-foiled Yours, Paul H.
  22. Hello everyone I’m new to this forum. My name is Tom, I’ve been collecting crystal rocks and fossils from the dessert area of Egypt, Sinai & southern Israel since the 1990’s. The one pictured here was recovered long time ago, It was 80 meters into the ground while digging in Granit rocks (construction in the middle of the desert..) I don’t know much about this and would love to to hear from the experts. I have so many fossils that I don’t know anything about, I’m planning to sell some to fund my college 2nd degree, so any info will be great. I’m very happy I found this forum Thanks in advance and I wish you all great day. Tom.
  23. Dear colleagues I found this strange small thin disk on the surface of the sand in the desert in Giza, Egypt (just outside Cairo). It's very thin and has concentric lines, each line being made up of small dots. I can't find anything like it on various fossil sites that I looked at. It's only 2.5cm (one inch) in diameter and very thin. Many thanks to anyone who has the time to reply, even if it's just speculation (it's fun guessing too !)
  24. Still_human

    Basilosaurus molar still attached

    From the album: Marine reptiles and mammals

    Basilosaurus isis molar(one side serrated, the other side smooth)still embedded in a small piece of jaw bone. sadly I don't have any information about the fossil other than it is B.isis, and was found in Egypt.
  25. Egypt’s Whale Valley home to ancient catfish An Egyptian team documents a new species of fossilized catfish. Aya Nader, Nature Middle East, March 30, 2017 http://www.natureasia.com/en/nmiddleeast/article/10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.57 The paper is: El Sayed, S. E. et al. A new genus and species of marine catfishes (Siluriformes; Ariidae) from the upper Eocene Birket Qarun Formation, Wadi El-Hitan, Egypt PLOS ONE http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0172409 (2017) http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0172409 Yours, Paul H.
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