One of my favorite parts about being a fossil dealer is the detective
work involved in discovering the identity of a new unidentified
specimen. This large fish had the working title of Golema, a generic
working name used by the Moroccan dealer. Most likely referring
to the town it was collected by, Goulmima. With the assistance
of one of my Italian fish specialist associates a short French
research article was discovered in a European journal concerning
these new discoveries of Moroccan fish and other marine fossils.
fossil fishes come from the marine Lower Turonian of a locality
situated near Goulmima, a town on the southern slope of the Moroccan
Atlas (Cavin 1995). The fishes, generally well preserved, are contained
in calcareous nodules. They are prepared in acid baths and by air
have not been able to discern a genus or species name for the
fish. There is a high probability that it is still undescribed.
Hence, we are identifying it the family classification in which
The fish itself was found in a nodule. The nodule was encased
in a plaster jacket and some of it still surrounds the fish for
support. The fish fully displays all of its skin and scale patterns.
Very few bony parts and no teeth are exposed. The nodule was broken
and repaired in three segments. The fish is exposed in a ventral
position. The specimen is fully 3D and has wonderful presence.
The light chocolate skin color contrasts well against the white
matrix. These type fossil fish are new to the fossil market and this is
the only one I was able to acquire. They are very, very rare.