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Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

This forum is devoted to illuminating the pitfalls to be avoided when considering the purchase of fossils. 

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  1. Examples of Commonly Faked Dino Eggs 1 2 3 4 6

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  2. Fossil Fakes and Their Recognition

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  3. Fossil Fake ID: Mosasaur-Spino Composite?

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  4. Indo Meg real or fake

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  5. Dinosaur egg

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  6. Help with this spiny trilobite purchase

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  7. Is this Megalodon tooth real?

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  8. Trilobite - Is it real and what species is it?

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  9. Russian Pliosaur Tooth?

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  10. Raptor skull?

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  11. Triceratops Tooth

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  12. Bivalve Shells

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  13. Psittacosaurus brood

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  14. Fake root at this carcharodontosaur tooth

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  15. Found this online, something feels off about it

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  16. Dunkleosteus jaw: Is it real?

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  17. Otodus bought is it real?

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  18. Carcharodontosaurus teeth - serrations

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  19. Indonesian Meg - Restorations?

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  20. Lobopyge trilobite is it real?

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  21. Need help on id and on much is real

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