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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. Fossil Fakes and Their Recognition

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  2. "Fossilized Turtle Eggs"

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  3. 4 trilobites: real?

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  4. 50% Carcharodontosaurus Tooth?

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  5. 6 1/2 " Spinosaurus Tooth Red Flag

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  6. 6.12" meg tooth. Is this restored?

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  7. 6" Composite Spino Tooth

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  8. A fossil Mickey Mouse?

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  9. A gorgeous tooth, but.......

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  10. A little help for the new collector.

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  11. A New Technique from a New Area

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  12. A Purty Darn Good Fake

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  13. a real dinosaur (hadrosaur) egg?

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  14. A Real Keichousaurus

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  15. A scarily good fake

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  16. A Way To Identify A Fake

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  17. Add Mexican Fossils to Your AVOID List...

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  18. Advice whether these are real or not?

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  19. African T-Rex Tooth Red Flag

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