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  1. Hi all, I've been offered these two teeth that I've been told are pliosaur teeth. They're from Morocco. They must have a fair amount of repairs due to the glued matrix and cracks etc, but do they look legitimate? The shape looks like pliosaur to me
  2. Foozil

    Scale bars

    Lately I've been experimenting with photographing fossils and creating composite plates in photoshop. To do this, I take individual photos of specimens at various angles and combine them on a blank canvas in PS. They look reasonably good IMO, but would appreciate advice on how to present the scale bars in the plates. I'd love to hear about the methods used by others, ie shape and features of the bars themselves, positioning and measuring. Should I use a consistent unit to measure every object in the plate like the below examples (1cm and objects to scale), or use a line to measure the exact le
  3. Hi I realise a lot of these jaws are faked now from looking online, I wonder if you had any thoughts on this jaw, I’m leaning towards your usual Moroccan forgery but would love to get your input, thanks!!
  4. I need help. WHAT IS THIS? It is being sold as a Moroccan mosasaur tooth and jaw section. I suspect the jaw part probably comes from the phosphates and is genuine mosasaur, but is the tooth, spinosaurid? If this is a fake, it is a much higher quality fake than normal. The change in texture at the base of the crown is suspicious, though. I’d like to hear some of your opinions. Thanks.
  5. FossilFascination

    Help to identify this please

    Hello, first post here! I found this strange object at low tide on the shore of the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada, just near the Agassiz bridge. I have no idea what it might be, but it appears to be at least partially composed of some sort of mineralized strands with what might have once been mud stuck into the crevices. It has been thoroughly cleaned, so everything you see here is rock, not dirt.
  6. Hello all, I'm thinking of buying this carcharodontosaurus tooth, it's 78 mm long, but it looks a little restored in my unprofessional eyes. What do people here think?
  7. Hi everyone, I just recieved this skull which I bought as an impulse buy. I normally do some research before I buy anything and I usually try to stay clear from fossils from China, but this skull got the better of me and without thinking it through I purchased it. I bought the skull as a Felis sp. skull found in the Gianhe Beds, Gansu Province, China (Miocene, 10 mya). I've been wanting some feline or mustelid material for quite some time and I bought this specimen without keeping a clear head, knowing all to well in the back of my head that many of these fossils are composites
  8. Hi! I’m new in the forum. I'm an Italian naturalist, sorry for my english. I wanted to ask for an opinion about this spinosaurus tooth .. I don't think it's a single tooth, in your opinion how much is it composed and restored? thanks!
  9. This fossil caught my eye the first time I saw it, and I keep going back to it, but I haven't gotten it for two reasons: first, it's a little out of my range, and secondly I want to be sure about it before doing anything foolish. It's advertised as a Vinctifer Comptoni, and I have no doubts about the identification, but in researching these fish I saw mention of many fakes and/or composites. However, I've tried to see any composite work or "fakery" on this particular fossil and I don't see any. The problem is my complete inexperience, so I thought I'd bring it to the experts here.
  10. An acquaintance of mine bought this at the Tucson gem and mineral show two years ago. He is now interested in selling and I am interested in buying. The price seems fair but of course the big question....is it real? I may add is it all real, is it a composite of different pieces, or is it a fabrication/replica? The whole piece is close to 15 inches at the tallest point, and close to 13 inches at the widest point. Thank you for your help.
  11. Fossil legend

    Morocco crocodile????

    This is a “pterosaurs” jaw I got as a gift a little bit ago. It was sold as a pterosaurs jaw with composite teeth the species is Siroccopteryx But Am almost 100% sure that it is wrongly identified it looks like a crocodile jaw maybe. So if someone can help me identify the jaw that would be amazing.
  12. Hello all. I am looking into getting a nice decorative crinoid fossil without breaking my budget. I was considering getting one of the Moroccan ones that are commonly painted for contrast, then washing the paint off. I know these aren't very often completely faked, but are often composited. I have a couple that I am looking at and just wanted to check if they are genuine, and how much (if any) is composite. I would also like to know if you all think they will turn out nice once the paint is removed. I included pictures of two, labeled fossil A and fossil B. Sorry for the blurry photos, it's al
  13. I purchased a unsightly Franken-Basilosaurus tooth a few weeks ago for pretty cheap. Seeing as though i don't have $400-700+ to spend on a nice basilosaurus tooth i saw potential and a fun project in this cheap ugly duckling. Yes, it's Moroccan. It came with the typical glue/sand mix covering it, filling all cracks, voids and roughing out transitions of deceptive franken composites. How it came: Ok, first things first. Clean it. I used acetone, a razor, a needle, a tooth brush and my engraver. Hours o
  14. I am certainly not getting my hopes up for this fossil, because from experience of seeing theropod teeth placed in croc jaws and people labeling it as a 'rare Spinosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus jaw" on the market, the likelihood of finding an original jaw with associated teeth not from different animals is extremely rare (at least in the case of theropods and pterosaurs). However the seller has this as a Pterosaur jaw piece with one associated Pterosaur tooth and wanted to see whether you all think this is a composite or not. From what i know, there have only been two toothed Pterosaur jaw sec
  15. I saw this item for sale which is of interest. Dercetis sp from Lebanon - Cretaceous. Contacted the seller who informed me that the crack is a repair, not a composite. Thoughts?
  16. Fossil Claw

    Composite tail

    I bought this cool composite amphibian/dinosaur tail from a forum member. He does not remember the species or location for these vertebrae. I am thinking they might be Apachesaurus sp. as I have seen similar composite tails for sale. Any idea how I can identify the species?
  17. I'm interested in this skull, I have always wanted a Halisaurus specimen! Region -Morocco, Khoribga Size- 16.93 Inches This skull looks good to me, but is obviously missing parts, such as the rear of the lower jaw, some teeth, areas around the Eyes2. I'd like to get people's opinions if possible? The seller is very honest, and trustworthy in my opinion, The skull does look like its gone a few rounds in a ring, however this is my holy grail and something I've wanted since being a kid! which is what its all about right? However, I don't want the 5 year old within me to make silly
  18. Fake or Fossil? Ichthyosaur to ‘iffyosaur’ Part #1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okjpbpD_My0 Fake or Fossil? UV exposes plaster Part #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCss3BWohPI Dean R. Lomax - Life as a palaeontologis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnuR8gNE-GXYyiA8eE-5p2w A published paper about composites is: Massare, J.A. and Lomax, D.R., 2016. Composite skeletons of Ichthyosaurus in historic collections. Paludicola, 10, pp. 207-250. PDF file at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303932537
  19. Good morning. I live in Oregon and I am looking for people that can “Professionally” do fossil preparation and restoration. I have specimens that are still in their field jackets. I have some specimens that just need some touch up. I have contacts in other states that are more than qualified that I have used in the past. But it always makes me nervous shipping specimens anywhere to be honest. I have had femurs that were packaged extremely well and still showed up snapped in half. Or on the smaller boxes for like teeth or claws end up missing. To say the least, it’s very frustrating and nerve r
  20. I am definitely an amateur when it comes to collecting and need some advice: I recently purchased my first 'larger' Spinosaurus tooth from a small gem/fossil shop in Seattle. The owner told me that it had no repairs or restorations, and that it of course came from Morocco. I tested the tooth under a UV flashlight and there were no anomalies, but I just wanted some more experienced opinions. The enamel looks good- no apparent cracks or suspicious color variations, root still has some of the matrix on it, but the tip seems a little suspicious to me... maybe I'm just being paranoid, but I have re
  21. This specimen caught my eye and I was wondering if the two trilobite were put together artificially? My second question is about the black color on these trilobites. I am not sure if they have shoe polish coating over them or the black color occurred naturally? I am still waiting for the seller to send me better close up pictures on the eye of Paralejurus, although it has nothing to do with the topic I will update the pictures when I get them. Of course any additional assessments on the fossil are greatly appreciated.
  22. Can anyone advise this piece of Russian ammonite Audoliceras is real or composite?
  23. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since July 6, 2017.
  24. gigantoraptor

    Composite skeletone

    Hello all, I already posted this topic in Paleo Re-creations, but nobody answered there. I want to make a composite skeleton from an extinct animal, but I don't know witch species I take best. I already tought about Oreodont, cave bear, bison... Do you guys know an animal whose it is possible to collect all the bones (skull is not necassary, but I would love a real skull) Keichousaur is not a good example, because I want have the fun for searching, buying and making a composite. It think mammals are the only option, because reptiles are expensive and diffic
  25. I came across this composite turtle skull and thought it was a nice example that I should share. This looks like a pretty classic example of how Moroccan reptile skulls are faked. There's a number of pieces of real bone that are embedded into what is possibly partially real matrix. the lower jaw looks like the two pieces might actually be real lower jaw pieces. But it's hard to tell if the pieces belong together. The main skull itself though is kinda of a monstrosity. Notice how between the plateaus of bone there are areas that lack any detail. These areas are completely fabricated. The pieces
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