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Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

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  1. Spinosaurus tooth real root?

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  2. Manchurochelys Turtle genuine?

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  3. Dragonfly vs Spider?

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  4. Morocco Ophiuroid fossil?

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  5. Is this a real Thescelosaurus tooth?

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  6. A little help for the new collector.

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  7. Spinosaurus Skull

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  8. is this a real Ankylosaurus scute?

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

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

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  11. Did I ruin a real trilobite???

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  12. Basilosaurid tooth composite

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  13. Is this a mammoth jaw?

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  14. Real trilobite? specie?

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  15. Super rare arthropod Bradoriida???

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  16. Fake trilobite?

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  17. Real trilobite? What specie?

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  18. Real Ceratarges trilobite?!

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  19. Spinosaurus tooth composit?

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  20. Real Walliserops trilobite?

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  21. Bizarre bone?

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  22. mosasaur jaw

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