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  1. Hi, I am new here and just starting to find and purchase fossils for my collection. Up until now, everything I have purchased appears to be legit. Today, however, I just received a fossil that is not even the same rock as shown in the original auction photos. The first thing I noticed is that the fossil was leaving black marks, almost like a pencil would, on white paper. I decided to wash it off and saw a few patches that were a completely different color of grey and looked like a glue/putty material. Restoration, maybe? This grey stuff was soft and easily scraped off with a razor blade. Later, after I had it all washed off, I compared it to the original auction photos, and I realized that this is not even the same fossil. It's too bad because now I am not able to show before and after photos of the fossil that I received, though I will show the photos from the auction listing. Original auction photos:
  2. I was looking around on internet then i saw this Plesiosaurus tooth for sale and i wanted to get it but i wondered if it was a actual fossil or just a fake. It was said to be found in Khouribga Phosphate Mine, Morocco, is 100 million years old (Cretaceous) and is 45 by 15 mm
  3. I was thinking about buying this amber from this website online and I've heard about fake insects amber and i was wondering if this was one of the or not. The specimen is meant to be 5 million years old (Pliocene) measures 30 by 23 mm with unidentified insects and was found in Colombia
  4. 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 forensic reconstruction of this lumpy little embryo for the advancement of science. If I'm wrong and these are actual fossils, I apologize.
  5. Hi everyone, are parts of this Knightia painted? Bought from a pretty reputable dealer, not a dubious random online seller.
  6. Hi! I recently purchased the following Keichousaurus Hui. Although I have a modest fossil collection primarily consisting of Trilobites, this is my first Keichousaurus fossil. I had a chance to inspect the fossil first hand in the store before purchasing and while it looks quite nice to me, I would appreciate feedback from this group. IMHO, the piece is very attractive and presentable as a display piece (and it carried a correspondingly 'display piece' price!). I don't have any major concerns other than maybe the piece is too nice as it is nearly symmetrical, the detail is very fine, etc. Here is what I have observed: 1) The fossil is extremely 3D with well defined relief. Bones are thick, heavy, dark and well articulated. The fingers and toes in particular are very well defined. 2) The neck loop is very unique and the 'physical loop looks right' in that the bones go under and around each other in a believable way. 3) I did a very light acetone test on most bones, including the fingers and there was a bit of soil that came up. I did not see evidence of ink, nor did any of the bone detail wipe off. 4) The head is very detailed with needle like bones that might be teeth? 5) The matrix is soft and from the side is clearly layered. The back side of the matrix is flaking off and has a section that appears a little glossy... perhaps epoxy of some kind was used to shore up a weak back side? 6) There are thin cracks/striations that cross the specimen. These line up with the natural lines of the animal, so it does not appear that it is a composite. 7) There are no bubbles that I can see. 8) There appear to be a jumbled lump of bones in the gut... maybe the little guy's last meal? I have a ten day purchase guarantee from the seller and would love to keep this piece for display. Would appreciate the experts in this forum to help give me some confidence as to the quality of this piece, thank you! Jason
  7. Does anyone have any good articles to reference for identifying fake Chinese dinosaur eggs, outside of the fossil fourm? Thank you all!
  8. I am looking into buying one of these parts of a mosasaur jaw and wanted to make sure there real. I believe there is, but getting a second opinion always helps.
  9. I do not have a lot of experience buying insect fossils and was wondering if this ancestor to the modern dragonfly fossil is real?
  10. One of my first pieces I bought a couple of years ago was the one below. It came without ID and is supposed to be a part of a dinosaur bone from Morocco. It was quite inexpensive. But now after some reading about lots of 'fossils' from Morocco being fake/manipulated I got suspicious. Firstly, it was quite cheap. Secondly, it is very thick and smoothly carved out of the stone. On the other hand is the fact, that the visible bone structure with the small tunnels looks real. Has somebody seen something similar and can tell me if it is real or a fake? May be it is a real bone but not from a dinosaur that is somehow glued on a natural rock?
  11. Can you guys help me figure out if this Sinosaurus is genuine? It is on the ...auction site... and the seller has 4 total, they all look different from each other. I don't know enough (or anything, really) about these to determine if they're genuine or not. The description calls it a Sinohodrosaurus from a local auction, and that it has some reconstruction. I messaged the seller asking where it was collected and what the reconstructions are. I'll update if they get back to me!
  12. I am looking into buying the fossil shown below and I was wondering if any one can tell if it’s real or fake. I am leaning more towards real, but I would enjoy some second opinions.
  13. So, I found this guy on the auction site, really only this one representative photo. These are often fake or frakenfossils, but I didn't see anything that screamed fake to me in this one photo. Just wanted to put it out to the room for other people's input. It doesn't matter as I basically stole it for 9$, so even if it's fake, I don't much care. Just curious what everyone thinks. (I don't have more photos, I just bought it this morning, this is just the provided photo. I'll be able to tell if it's fake when it arrives this weekend for sure, but the suspense is just too much, lol.) Also, it's about 5" long, not that that matters.
  14. I was shown the photo of a juvenile Keichousaurus from the type locality in Guizhou this morning and was asked to check its authenticity. It looks real at a glance but when I look closer, it looks suspicious. I was told that this is a man-made one. Take a look.
  15. Hi again. im trying quite hard to find quickly a good spinosarus tooth thats real/not fully fabricated. ive done a bit more research this time for thoese who may see me for the second time. ive had a look at these and i personally thing this looks ok however im still a complete novice the tip has a bit of a bump on it not sure what thats about also im new to this forum apologies if me posting twice for the same topic is against the rules any help in identify these woud be very much appreciated
  16. Hi im new to this forum, and the buying of fossils. I've dona a bit of research in fossil to see if there real or not etc. I needed help in identifying if this spinosaurus tooth is real or not. apologies if the pictures aren't the best I've used snipping tool to grab them off of online. The length of one tooth is 2.5"and claim they are from morocco kem kem. Your help is greatly appreciated, thankyou
  17. What is this?

    Hey there! Today I've encountered this piece and I would like to know anything about it. Thank you!
  18. Hello all. I saw this brittle star fossil up for sale, and wanted to check if it was genuine. It says it is from Morocco, and from the Ordovician period. I know a lot of sea stars and brittle stars coming out of Morocco are carved. I am not as educated on echinoderm fossils as much as others. I've included pictures. What do you all think? Thank you!
  19. I have just come across some newly made fake dinosaur eggs from Ganzhou, China. Ganzhou has a large number of dinosaur eggs dug out from development sites but recently some people are producing fake eggs and sell them at a high price with real eggs from Ganzhou. Take a look of the fake eggs.
  20. Real Or Fake Megalodon Tooth?

    Hi everyone, I just purchased this megalodon from the fossil store I work at (they are very kind trustworthy people). It looks pretty real to me and microscope pictures look real too (I can include if needed) I wasn't skeptical until I saw how uniform the broken basal looked. I heard fakes are usually perfect but maybe this fake is broken so people would assume it wasn't a fake? Anyways, everything looks pretty nice and real and there is even a slightly visible white spot under the black on the front of the tooth (where maybe the real enamel underneath is showing.) Please, any feedback would be great.
  21. Real or fake trilobite?

    Hi, can anyone tell me if this is real or fake? I can see there are repair work done on it (which I dont mind). I just want to know if its real. Thank you!
  22. Hi, I will like to seek advise regard this ammoniteis it fake. As the shape and structure is something I never come across. I do not have any information where the ammonite was it found, so I post it here and hope someone ever come across it and can advise.
  23. Fake or Real Megalodon?

    I work at a fossil and mineral store and they own a 3.5 - 4.0 inch megalodon tooth (the basal of the tooth is broken slightly but its still beautiful) The serrations are smooth but visible, the bourlette is defined and a darker color than the enamel. However I have my doubts about buying it. They went to a fossil show in Colorado years ago and bought it from someone at a stand (none of my employees or boss are "fossil savvy".) I'm worried about spending $ on a fake megalodon tooth. I work this Saturday and will upload photos of me holding it from the case before I decide to buy it. I saw no seams on it from a possible mold but it just seems too cheap for the size. Its color is all black, which is a good sign but those can be easily faked too. I know, nobody can determine until I post a picture, However I did want to ask if there was any specific way people use to identify if a megalodon is fake or real? I heard megalodon teeth are cold to the touch and the plastics are slightly warmer.
  24. Hey! Is this tooth real? It's suppose to be covered in resin to protect it.
  25. Reptile

    The following fossil is offred on a local website. Would be nice to know what kind of fossil it is. The seller doesnt has any idea.
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