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Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

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  1. Examples of Commonly Faked Dino Eggs

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  2. Fossil Fakes and Their Recognition

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  3. Mosasaur Verts from Morocco

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  4. Spinosaurus Claw, fake or not?

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  5. Megalodon tooth real or fake

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  6. Red Flag on Kem Kem Dinosaur Material

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  7. Trilobite Comura Walliserops?

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  8. Is this a fake keichousaurus?

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  9. Old box of shark tooth “fossils”

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  10. Pachycepalosaurus 3 claws

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  11. 3 edmontosaurus claws

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  12. Majungasaurus Tooth?

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  13. Kerosene smelling amber?

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  14. Crinoid - real, composite, or replica?

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  15. Is this egg for real?

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  16. Baryonyx tooth shard?

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  17. Another trilobite

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  18. Does this Otodus matrix look ok?

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  19. Anything wrong with this fish?

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  20. Psittacosaurus skull

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  21. Is this fossil real or fake ?

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