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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. A Real Keichousaurus

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  2. Fossil lot

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  3. How valuable are dinosaur eggs? Fake or real Eggs?

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  4. Is this small aquatic reptile fossil real?

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  5. Mammoth Hair?

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  6. Is this dinosaur egg real or a composite?

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  7. Real?

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  8. Is this a real Dyrosaurus fossil?

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  9. Trilobite: Psychopgye

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  10. Mosasaur - composite or original?

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  11. Fossil frog Is it real

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  12. Megalodon tooth.. Real?

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  13. Is this real?

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  14. New Contest: 'Worst fake of the month'

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  15. ICHTHYOSAUR Bones

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  16. Fossil psittacosaurus real or fake

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  17. Stylemys auction nervousness

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  18. Claw Pterosaur

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  19. Help with Knightia fossil.

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  20. Definitely real dinosaur egg - WITH YOLK!

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  21. RED FLAG! Buyer Beware

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  22. natural color or dyed?

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  23. Turtle shock

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  24. Mammoth tusk?

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