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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. Crocodile Vertebra?

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  4. Is this real Spinosaurus claw?

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  5. Silurian Eurypterid Balteurypterus head cephalon: Real?

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  6. Large Trilobite

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  7. Cave bear paw

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  8. is this juvenile t rex skeleton real?

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  9. Brazil Insects - 100% natural

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  10. Carcharodon hastalis - Chile

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  11. Real Meg Tooth?

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  12. Real or fake? rare fish from the US Eocene.

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  13. Fun with Fakes- Moroccan Mosasaur

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  14. Spinosaur Tooth - Comoposite?

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  15. Are these real mosasaur teeth?

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  16. Real dinosaur egg??

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  17. Mastodonsaurus Rib Bones, Real?

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  18. Jeholosaurus Limb?

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  19. Green River Fish question

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  20. Psittacosaurus bone?

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  21. Dinosaur fossil

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  22. Are these real?

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