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Fossils From Morocco,merzouga


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Hello everybody

I'm new on this forum and in need of small help. In attach are several fossils I obtain during my last trip to Morocco. Fossils are obtain in Merzouga, desert part of Morocco near border to Algier.As per locals in the village people are going in border mountains and dig tunnels in mountains to collect fossiles.I was looking on various web pages and have some pictures what these items could be but maybe some of you guys with higher knowledge could give additional confirmation and info. In particular I'm interested in the bone (item A1-A5).Hope it is not camel bone :-)

Bone is quite heavy and it is not restaurated.As per guy who dig it this is how he found it.

Also if you have any tip of cleaning these items to bring their beauty in full it would be appreciated.

Merry Christmas to all and thanks in advance

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Thank you for posting this amazing fossil. It appears to be a Spinosaurus metatarsal and substantially complete. You also have Carcharodontosaurus, Spinosaurus and giant sawfish teeth.

Re. the metatarsal I would be very careful cleaning it as bones from Kem Kem are notoriously fragile. My method is to brush lightly with dilute acetic acid (around 5% - pickling vinegar concentration) and leave for about a minute. Then scrape very very carefully with small sharp craft knife with pointed tip, held at a shallow angle to the specimen. Do not use much force, just scrape lightly many times until the sand grains are removed. This should be done under magnification to ensure that you are not damaging the fossil and can almost remove each grain of sand individually. Once cleaned, the specimen should be washed in water and dried, and then consolidated with paraloid B-72 dissolved in acetone at say 5% concentration.

Good luck!

Paul

P.S. did these come from El B----?

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Dang! That giant sawfish tooth is cool!

"They ... savoured the strange warm glow of being much more ignorant than ordinary people, who were only ignorant of ordinary things."

-- Terry Pratchett

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P.S. did these come from El B----?

Paul

Thank you very much for the info.Now when you put names I found plenty similar fossils on web.Glad I didn't end up with camel remains.Not sure what you mean by El B...

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Hi

For El B... read village east of Taouz. It is a scientifically important specimen - I'm not aware of another so be careful with it!

best wishes

Paul

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