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  1. Beyond the mispelled name (Auronis in lieu of Aurornis) this horrible thing is clearly described by the seller as a fake, so there is no need of further discussions on that. I'm however curious about 1) the tecnique used, and 2) the commercial logic of producing such things and then selling them as fakes. It doesn't seem carved to me, and the posture is identical to the well-know first fossil that led to the species being identified. Perhaps someone managed to obtain a negative cast of the original, and now is using it as a mould to produce "n" copies? In any case, the whole affair requi
  2. Hey all, I have a fossil in my collection that has a fossil on matrix. I am unsure as to if this fossil was placed there unnaturally or not. Under black light no obvious signs of glue (nothing glows) Though the suspect part to me is what appears to be holes or bubbles on the rock at the base of the specimen. I guess it’s possible that the specimen was completely removed cleaned and popped back on, or it is possible that the specimen was found and later placed on this matrix. What are the chances though that this fossil and matrix go tog
  3. On our famous auction site just popped out some incredibly detailed fossil insects and amphibians. Although there are no info from the seller (who probably got them without being aware of what they are), those are unfortunately not real. The matrix is clearly a limestone from Solnhofen, easily recognisable by the floating crinods (Saccocoma) and by manganese dendrites. There are highly detailed insect on them that have never been found in Solnhofen (including a giant spider). Also the amphibian column is probably a fish spine. There are already some bids on them, but please be aware
  4. Hi all, Well here it is. Oviraptor egg from a 30 year old collection located in the United States. Bought first and read posts on here about fakes later. Smart right? I'll attach pictures but my concerns are 1. It isn't pancaked like most ones I see, 2. Texture changes on the surface could be matrix repairs, 3. On broken areas shell thickness is not consistent. I'll add the best pictures I can. Almost looks like it was painted in the last picture. Thoughts on this would be appreciated. Good or bad lol.
  5. Real or fake? It’s a nice looking piece, so I might be interested in it still if it is a cast or a combo, but also don’t want to overpay if that’s the case.
  6. Hey y’all, I just wanted to know if this tooth is real or not . My dad bought it for me as a kid at a fair in Virginia in 2013 . As you can see it’s not in the best of shape . But this tooth holds a lot of sentimental value because this tooth sparked my interest in fossil collecting and I just want to know if it’s real or not. I would love any thoughts and input .
  7. Hi all, I’ve just purchased a large Agadir Ammonite from a dedicated fossil shop and am wondering if it at all real? I would appreciate any inclination!
  8. Hi I am totally new to buying fossils online and need a bit of hand-holding. Dear experts: would you say this is fake or real?
  9. Hey everyone! I made an account just to ask this question from some real experts: is this Mosasaur jaw real? I bought a tooth from the same shop and the matrix looked the same: some bones scattered about in the dirt and rock. (It’s the one right under my pinkie I’m the image) I’m a little thrown off because, well firstly, the shop traveled to vendor at a fair and that seems a little suspicious. Secondly, they’re selling other items that are commonly faked from Morocco like Trilobites. I really want this to be real but I can’t justify buying a fake…
  10. Just for fun... Anyone tried to crack these so called "Native American Indian Game Stone Artifact with patina" open and check if there are fossil crabs inside?
  11. hi folks, Im thinking of buying a cluster of Oviraptor from a seller who says he got these at a gem/fossil show over 10 years ago. He says he preps fossils and has extensive experience but has not finished prepping these particular eggs and won't get around to abrading them out of the matrix. I told him they are fake but he insists they are not, so I wanted to put it to the test here. thanks for your help.
  12. Hello everyone, I hope everyone is doing well I have recently started getting myself into collecting fossils and I came upon this lot of jellyfish fossils so I purchased them because they seemed interesting and it’s something I never had. Do these look fine ? To me they just look like stained rocks but that could just be because jellyfish are soft bodied organisms. Thanks for your input
  13. Hello, I apologize in advance as I'm sure questions like this come up a lot. I'm thinking about purchasing this dinosaur egg which I believe is from a fairly reputable seller. I've always wanted a real dinosaur egg for my collection, but I just wanted to get some opinions on whether you think this one is real or a fake? Thank you very much for any assistance!
  14. Hi there members of this forum! Made the mistake(prety probably) and impulse bought this piece,which went by the name: "Mosasaur Dinosaur Jaw Teeth fossile" Im not shure it said from Morocco,but most stuff in the shop was there,so this one is probably i guess... Well now im kinda shure its "Jaw" section is made out of 3 pices,so im not shure if the rest is allso "legit". (I hope at least the theeth is real) So if any of you great fellows can help ID this.(Probably turns out to be some dessert folkart:) Sorry for the meh cellphone pictures ,and thanks
  15. Hello all. My first purchase. I'm pretty confident of they're authenticity. But I just want any concern settled. Slight impulse buy as they were in an auction and it almost ended. Tooth #1: Actually has sand still stuck in its crevices and still smells like the sea. This might make it an obvious real specimen but I don't know how far fakers are willing to go. The white striations are a lot more prominent in the pictures. They don't really look like that in person. Polishing compound? Reportedly Otodus Megalodon from South Carolina. Tooth #2: Very little sand
  16. I got this fossil today. But it looks a little bit suspicious to me. Especially the color and the light yellow tips of the brittle star. Can you please have a look for me? Thanks.
  17. I bought this piece online and it just looks too good to be true, especially for the price.
  18. Recently I've read about fake Moroccan trilobites, so I'm afraid every fossil in my collection is fake Could you help me figure out if these two specimen are genuine or not? One is Hollardops, the other a Barrendeops (I think).
  19. 3'5 inch Carcharodontosaurus S. Tooth from the regular KemKem beds. However, I do have some suspicions of the root. Can anybody help
  20. I could have this very nice looking Trilobite ID "ogyginus corndensis (murchison 1839) from gilwern hill, powys, wales. lower llanvirn, darwilian, ordovician"but i have a doubt,the sample seems for me too perfect to be real,the matrix is very light brown,could it be a fake?I only have this picture ,an Opinion? The prodactylioceras davoie Ammonite lower Pliensbachien carixien Cote d'Or - France on the side looks good for me but the trilobite is too perfect to be real,isn't it?Museum shop trilo resine cast?
  21. I am very interested in purchasing this brittle star from Dorset, UK. It is not cheap. so just want to ask your opinion ☺️ do you think it is 100% natural and real? Thanks!
  22. Saw this tooth while browsing. Looked so off and maybe entirely reconstructed or fake. Any ideas?
  23. Hey! I have just been given this fossils, the previous owner could not find the certificate of authenticity, and I am not sure if it is real or not. It's very heavy, the teeth stand out a lot, and they feel smooth. Could please someone help us identify if it could be real? Thanks.
  24. Hi dear friends, I am thinking of purchasing a brittle star fossil like this. But the majority of brittle star fossils I have seen are orange color . So I am not sure why this one is in pink color. Do you think it is natural and genuine (why it is pink)?☺️thank you for your help in advance!
  25. Hello, experts, I need your help and advice. Do you think it is a real or fake fossil? The last one shows the original slab. Thanks! I appreciate!
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