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  1. I know I'm not the only one that doesn't live near good fossil deposits, which means that i'm not the only one that has to buy or trade fossils from time to time to build the collection. I thought it would be fun to have an ongoing thread to share our latest great score that we didn't personally find in nature, a thread to share your latest fossil purchase or trade. Let's see what you found at the local fossil show, online or anywhere else other than in the ground.
  2. Whole dinosaur eggs are highly sought-after fossils. The ones usually available to collectors are Hadrosaur eggs, Oviraptor eggs and Segnosaur eggs from China. This thread deals specifically with hadrosaur eggs. Hadrosaur eggs (Dendroolithus sp.) as we know from the market are in fact various dinosaur species, often hadrosaurid (many collectors/dealers lack the tools or discipline to examine eggshells under microscopes or have accredited museums examine them). Commercially available eggs vary greatly in price, anything from 150 USD to 1,500 USD depending on quality, size, hatched/u
  3. A new "T-Rex" tooth just showed up on our favorite site. It is not a Tyrannosaurus rex tooth however but a more common and far cheaper Carch tooth. We know this because of its more blade-like morphology, its slender profile, its shape, its smaller denticles and the sand on the base I already notice multiple bids on it and I have no doubt the price would escalate as many hopeful collectors would try their hands on getting a cheap T-Rex tooth for themselves. For anyone looking to buy a true T. rex tooth, there are several factors to take note of: 1) Thi
  4. https://de.reuters.com/article/us-france-allosaurus-auction/remains-of-the-day-dinosaur-skeleton-fetches-three-million-euros-idUSKBN26Y2JY
  5. Sales just concluded a min ago. I definitely wasn't expecting it to reach this insanely high amount. No word yet AFAIK on whether he's going to a private collection or museum Is this the highest a dinosaur has ever been sold for? I wonder what precedence it'd set for fossils and paleontology moving forward On the pro side, it'd encourage more folks to go out there looking for fossils and possibly finding rare and important finds. On the con, more fossils might be priced out of the reach of museums
  6. Ludwigia

    Oreodont, but which species?

    I picked this up recently from an internet auction house. The seller had no idea about it, since he knew absolutely nothing about fossils. I was hoping that someone might be able to guide me to at least the genus, when not the species and maybe also an idea about where it may have been found. The jaw partial is 5cm.long.
  7. seen this for sale and to me it looks genuine but i am wondering about its authenticity, its location has no red flags as is Washington (not Cincinnati) any input would be appreciated.
  8. KingSepron

    "The Auction Site?"

    I'm sorry if I'm breaking some unspoken rule here or something, but I've seen multiple references to "the auction site" What auction site is this? If no one wants to tell me (or pm me) that's understandable I guess
  9. Ptychodus04

    Auction Prep

    I started the preparation that @snolly50 won on my auction. Here's a pic of the fish as I received it.
  10. Do you have thousands of dollars? How susceptible are you to financially ruinous bouts of pareidolia? I've been sort of fascinated by online sellers who seem to be genuine in their passion for paleontology but completely clueless, so I thought I'd share. There honestly doesn't seem to be any purposeful shenanigans here to shame, but I really hope nobody buys these. The item description for a sad looking cycloptic dinosaur head reads: (Seller ad copy removed by moderator) Lastly there's my favorite, a triceratops hatchling. I've included my professional f
  11. Today I decided to drive 75 miles to a auction that was taking place near my house, yes I consider 75 miles near my house. This auction usually runs for several hours and has various items for sale, the bulk being Native American artifacts from the area and on most occasions, fossils. I had checked the info on auction prior to deciding if I wanted to go and seeing that they had a couple large mammoth teeth, I decided to go. Unfortunately when I arrived I learned that some of the pictures that were posted were from an auction several months ago that I did not attend. There were oth
  12. Tonight I decided to stop by the Chicago Rock and Mineral Societies 70th Annual Silent Auction which ran from 6pm - 9pm. This was the first time that I have attended this event and since it was a rainy night and only 40 miles from home I figured I stop by to see what they had. Here are a couple pics of the event- Most people were interested in the Rocks and Minerals and not the few fossils that were offered, and I hate seeing fossils up for auction and no one bidding, so I did and picked up a couple items that I did not need. This first p
  13. Was just looking through online, and found this item. Now, to me at least, I cannot see if this is just a regular rock. There seems to be some sort of honey-cone (bone) structure in some places, but I just cannot see how this is a real deal psittacosaurus skull. Seems a little too good to be true. What are your opinions guys?
  14. Nimravis

    Auction

    Well I decided to take some time off of painting the house and drove 45 miles to an auction. This auction goes on about 5 times a year and has Native American artifacts, military items, old fishing gear and yes, fossils. The majority of the fossils are fake Moroccan, but sometimes they have other things- today they have a large slab of trackways from the Coconino Sandstone that I am interested in, but it is so far down the list, I do not think I can wait. Here are some pics of The offerings- most of the flats will sell for about $50.00. Trackway Slab- standa
  15. Ptychodus04

    Another Auction Prep

    @holdinghistory was the winner of the most recent prep auction that I held to support our great community here. He sent me a Diplomystus from the Green River Formation 18” layer. I finished up some other preps and got started on this today. Here’s how this started out:
  16. Ludwigia

    Mammoth vertebra?

    I've been watching this vertebra on our favorite auction site and am not quite sure if it's from a mammoth, and neither is the seller, since he's placed a question mark along with it. Could someone more knowledgeable than myself please confirm or deny this? I'm thinking that it may be from some other kind of animal. I'm afraid there's only one photo. It measures 11.5 x 11.3 x 10.5cm.
  17. Ptychodus04

    Auction Prep Part Deux

    I'm almost caught up on prep jobs (3 going concurrently now) so I figured it's time to start in @RJB's monster fish. Here's how it arrived at my humble abode... Wow, what a fish!!!!! It rests in a 1" thick slab of 18" layer matrix (read hard as concrete) and Ron was nice enough to mount it to a 1/2" cement board... I think I got a hernia lifting it to the prep table. Needless to say, it is rather stable. Now for the prep...
  18. Tidgy's Dad

    MOROCCAN DINOSAUR TAIL AUCTION

    From Morocco World News. https://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2018/01/238640/moroccan-dinosaur-tail-auctioned-mexico-rebuilding-mexican-schools/
  19. Posted are a few concerns I found wandering through the internet. These are but a few examples of the type of issues you may encounter. I send this out as a reminder if you're shopping for fossil presents of any kind. Sellers mis-identify material simply through lack of knowledge but it's up to the buyer to know what they are looking at. Don't hesitate to post interests BEFORE you buy. BUYER BEWARE when it comes to fossils of any kind. Seller wants huge money for this Saurolophus osborni lower arm from the Two Medicine Formation. Looks like a nice ar
  20. Almost can't believe this... "Mastodon tooth"
  21. Tidgy's Dad

    $640,000 MAMMOTH

    A snip at this price http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42379425
  22. There are a lot of Asaphus kowalewskiis on a particular auction site, that range in price from 100-300 dollars. Are these legitimate? They all come from Russia, Finland, Estonia, and that region. I know there's always some restoration to the shell, but are they ever faked outright? Example attached
  23. So I may or may not get killed for my recent purchase, I jumped at it when I received a offer and now I'm freaking out a bit. Could you please help confirm that this indeed real and then possibly I'll be out of hot water. Thanks!!!
  24. Strepsodus

    Fossil auctions

    Hi. I have an ammonite block which I would like to sell in an auction to support the forum. Am I old enough to sell fossils in an auction? (I am 15.) Thanks, Daniel
  25. Please be aware there's a bunch of supposed Ankylosaurus fossils on our favorite auction site. They are sold as Ankylosaurus armor, or tail plates. There are other similar pieces of maybe-fossils sold as Ankylosaurus parts, along with pieces of rocks sold as dinosaur eggs. I admit my knowledge in Ankylosaur fossils is limited, but I see absolutely nothing about these that's indicative of authentic Ankylosaurus fossils. No locality is given either. Please be on alert when you see these, along with the sellers' other suspect items. Real Ankylosaurus fossils
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