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  1. I was reminded recently of a purchase I made back around the 1980s. A small museum had replica "dinosaur skin" for sale among a few other fossil replicas. It was very cheap, so I bought it. It was a square, about 2 inches wide x 2 inches high, made of plaster. This thing was awesome, it had so much detail in it. Still, something about it seemed familiar. About a decade and a half later, I was re-acquiring some of the old Aurora "Prehistoric Scenes" dinosaur model kits via eBay. It was when I got my hands on another copy of the Triceratops model that it hit me. SOMEONE HAD PULLED A MOLD OF THE SCULPTED SKIN PATTERN OFF THIS 1970s-VINTAGE MODEL KIT AND SOLD IT AS A REPLICA OF ACTUAL DINOSAUR SKIN. I wish I still had that plaster copy. It was kinda hilarious, in a way.
  2. Hi i bought a megladon tooth from a guy for $100. thought i was getting a good deal due to the high cost of megladon teeth but the more i look online the more i keep thinking it might be fake. I think its real because of the pebbles and dirt stuck in between the cracks and the weight is good but im not 100% on it. Not sure if i over paid or if I got a good deal, any info helps thanks. bought it in santa barbara if that makes a difference.
  3. Another fake claw. It's advertised as a Spinosaurus claw. While it might be real bone, this is a complete fabrication. It has probably been sculpted from a random bone piece to make it look like a claw. Notice how the structure is mostly the same all over. The grain of the bone also does not follow the shape of the "claw". All the details seem horizonal and don't curve along with the curve of the overall shape.
  4. I bought this Trilobite from Morocco about 11 years ago. I know there are many fakes out there, so I am asking for your opinions. There is a repaired crack through the center of the matrix which made me believe that it was real. You can see the crack in the photo, it goes from the upper left, through the trilobite, and over to center right. If it is real, is the black color natural to this type of trilobite from Morocco or has it been painted?
  5. 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 of bone also seem to stick out a little at weird angles. So it is likely that these are mostly just random pieces of bone made to look like a real skull. A scenario that is also very common is when partial real skulls get stuff added to them to make them look more complete. Those are some nice photos though.
  6. Good morning to everyone! Sorry my poor English ... Please like to hear from you. This my Mosasaur Jaw Bone Fossil is real? Thanks to everyone who can help me.
  7. I keep seeing this 'thing' pop up on my online searches, and I tried to ignore it, but... I can't. It's from an auction website, where it has been bid up to around $300. Obviously this would convince most experts, so I thought I should post it so that people could familiarise themselves with the tell-tale signs that it is, in fact, a very clever forgery; primarily, that it looks like it's been designed by a five year old who doesn't understand what skeletons are. The seller informs us that this specimen 'was found in the Liaoning Province, China'. Presumably in a skip (or 'dumpster' if you're American). Enjoy.
  8. Hi, I am posting a question to help my mom. She is very fascinated with ammonites after seeing my collection. She found this one online and she wants it but isn't sure if it's authentic or fake. I have a surriceras ammonite with similar markings but I can't personally tell with this one being uncurled. any help is appreciated
  9. Hello! First time posting here, my in-laws run an estate auction business in Idaho and they recently came upon this fossil. We're trying to figure out if it's real or fake. We were told it's from Morocco. It's about 70cm by 50 cm, somewhere around 25kg. Let me know if there's a better image to take. Any help is much appreciated! Jeff
  10. Hello everyone, This is my first time here, as well as my first time purchasing fossils. I'm interested in purchasing the attached fossils. How do I know whether or not they're authentic? I would really appreciate some help.
  11. I'm shopping for a mammoth tooth online, where I have no way of assessing the seller. Is there some way to be sure I'm buying a 20,000 year old fossil instead of a 200 year old tooth from an elephant? To a nooby like me, they look a lot alike. The web has lots of commentary on mammoth vs mastodon, meridionalis vs woolly, upper vs lower, and the like--but I'm not finding any guidance on how to tell if the tooth is the real McCoy.
  12. I am taking a risk that some unprincipled Forum member will try and snatch this purchase from me. However, I thought the educational benefit of my evaluation system would outweigh that possibility. This beauty is currently available for sale via an Internet auction site. It is labeled as a "Rare Synanceia verrucosa (sic) Stone Fossil Fish Skeleton" Here are the reasons I am poised to spring for the $49.95 (free shipping) price. It's RARE. The seller says so right there in the offer. That makes the price a bargain. I know it's really rare, 'cause I've never seen anything like it. The seller provides the SCIENTIFIC NAME. That alone proves that the seller is a well informed individual, probably a scientist themselves. The seller has a 99.6% positive rating!!! The geological age is given as "unknown." This is additional proof of the items authenticity. A fraudulent seller would simply provide a fiction for age. Look at the robust preservation of the bone! Even from a photo one can see it's exquisitely preserved. No cracks or breaks are visible. Obviously there is no repair. The prep looks wonderful. The bone has been expertly freed from the surrounding matrix with no obscuring matrix left in place. You will note that the bone is preserved in 3D proving that this is no "painted on" forgery. I could go on and on with my scientific evaluative techniques. However, this should be sufficiently instructive to inform Forum members of some simple reasoning tools to assure avoidance of acquiring spurious fossil material. No need to thank me, gotta run and get that bid in.....
  13. Last night I was contacted by a person on Facebook (red flag #1) who claims to have 7 Claudiosaurus fossils from Madagascar that he wants to sell me. While I would love to have these, I am of course very skeptical of their authenticity. Several of them consist of both the positive and negative plate which is a plus. When I asked how much he wanted for them his reply was "make me an offer" (red flag #2). So, can anyone tell from these photos he sent if these are real or fake? Any suggestions how I should proceed with him? I think he is in Mauritius (red flag #3) He says they're around 30cm / 1ft. in size. -Brian
  14. I'm sure these must have been posted in the past, but I couldn't find them in a basic search. They are truly horrible forgeries, of such poor quality that, to be frank, you'd need to be an imbecile to assume they were genuine. However, given that the world isn't short of complete idiots, I post them here for posterity. The seller actually tells us about his prep methods (hydrochloric acid), and each of these has many bids, exceeding $100 each at the time of writing. How many of these bids are from real people - if any - I don't know.
  15. Hi there! I was just wondering if anyone has experience buying and selling dinosaur tooth fossils. I was looking to purchase my first dinosaur tooth as a gift. Many prices on sites can be extremely pricey, I was taking a look on ebay and the prices are relatively cheap for what I'm looking for. I was wondering how to tell whether or not these are authentic tooth fossils. If someone could give me their opinion on purchasing a tooth I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!
  16. Hey, there, a while ago my dad bought a trilobite (flexicalymene?) from a trip, I recently found it in my pond and I washed away the algae and dirt and stuff, however the fossil (if real) seems really fragile, it broke into numerous pieces while cleaning. I noticed that there are two color layers in the cross section of the trilobite, and some of the pieces seem like they are just carved out of a rock, no bone structure or anything to separate itself from the rock. The only detail that is convincing me that this might be a real is that there are numerous little shell structures beneath the trilobite (see pictures). So please help me identify the type of trilobite and most importantly if it is real. Thanks in advance. (sorry for bad english) Sorry for tiny images, the forum won't let me upload more than 3 MB
  17. Every day I look through a collection of websites and online auctions for any good deals on dinosaur fossils. Occasionally a real steal of a deal is found, but when it comes to eggs most of what I see is fake. Counterfeit dinosaur eggs are continually found, mostly being sold by the same sellers from China and Malaysia. I personally fell for this trap last year and spent a lot of money on "eggs" that were man made. This is a topic that is brought up every few months on this thread to warn fellow collectors and I think its time again to repost what many others have posted before. There was a good short article that was written by Bill Merz and distributed at last year's Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in the EZ-Guide where he points out some of the most common examples of mass manufactured fake eggs.
  18. I came across this absolutely bizarre looking skull on our favourite auction site. Most of the bones look pretty real. It looks nothing like the known Elasmosaur from Khouribda. Zarafasaura has a really short nose and gigantic jaw muscles. Besides the teeth this looks nothing like it. Most of the bone seems to be real and while there definitely seems to be some repair/construction. Most of the real bones seem to fit together. Some of the teeth are definitely plastered in. Though there seem to be some unerupted teeth that do actually belong to the jaws. The top of the snout also looks completely bizarre. What I think has happened here... Is that someone took a crocodile, mosasaur and elasmosaur and mashed them together. Look at the back of the skull. This looks like the back of a crocodile skull to me. I'm not sure where the jaws come from (maybe croc?) but the teeth are definitely those of a plesiosaur, probably Zarafasaura. The top of the snout had me confused for a few minutes but I think that this is actually the frontal and parietal of a mosasaur. Notice what looks like the parietal eye filled in with a chunk of bone in the middle top off the skull. So yeah I think this is an absolute abomination. Steer clear folks...
  19. As with this hideous pteranodon, I have begun to notice a recurring pattern with fake verts that alerts you to a faker. The main thing I see with fake verts like this is that their bones are seemingly fused together. It doesn't matter if it is horse, pteranodon, or turtles, the bones are seemingly just one big bone. Anyone else notice this recurring pattern?
  20. Hi all. On an auction site, I found these "crab fossils" for sale. Seller says they're from Guangdong. One person left a message saying the fossil was a fake, and that it was just a recently dead crab engaged in a mass of sand and resin. Not really sure on this one.
  21. Found these online. I suspect they're fakes. Beware. Not surprising if they are fake, besides, they're from China. (not saying that all fossils being sold from China are fake.)
  22. On our favorite auction site, a well-known seller has been selling a Claudiosaurus at US $13,950 for the past few months. This is most certainly an authentic specimen, with a price well beyond the usual collector. I logged on to eBay minutes ago, and was surprised to see a second Claudiosaurus up... on 0.99 bid with no reserve. Sounds too good to be true? Here's what it looks like: The copycat seller even had it down to the missing limb and ribs! A quick check on the 2nd seller's listings reveals multiple high-end specimens sold at impossibly good prices. As usual, buyer beware - especially when you are getting a rare specimen from China. If the price is too good to be true, chances are it probably isn't. When in doubt, ask us, and always ALWAYS check the seller's previous listings to get an idea of his usual stock.
  23. I bought this trilobite for 48 dollars and I was wondering if it is authentic.
  24. Here's a fossilized "Octupus", or, ahem, a trilobite. Is it real? What species is it? And if it is real, is there any restoration? Here's the link: I can't upload the pictures, they're too big. EDIT: Tell me if I need to remove the link. Thanks.
  25. Hi, i have a question...This is a real trilobite or a fake one? Thanks very much!
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