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Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

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  1. Petrified Wood - Is it real?

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  2. Is real? Rib or a Skull Fragment of Kem Kem?

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  3. Mosasaur tooth with root- what do you think?

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  4. Real Hollardops mesocristata?

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  5. Need some help with keichousaurus shenanigans

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  6. Real Knightia?

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  7. Real Morocco Mosasaur teeth?

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  8. Spinosaurus tooth real root?

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  9. Manchurochelys Turtle genuine?

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  10. Dragonfly vs Spider?

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  11. Morocco Ophiuroid fossil?

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  12. Is this a real Thescelosaurus tooth?

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  13. A little help for the new collector.

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  14. Spinosaurus Skull

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  15. is this a real Ankylosaurus scute?

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  16. It's real? I have no idea what this is!

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  17. Red Flags on Guizhou Crinoid fossil - China - Be careful!

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  18. Did I ruin a real trilobite???

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  19. Basilosaurid tooth composite

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  20. Is this a mammoth jaw?

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  21. Real trilobite? specie?

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  22. Super rare arthropod Bradoriida???

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  23. Fake trilobite?

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