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  1. Hello! I'm an amateur fossil collector who has recently bought two pieces online. I normally buy at museums or markets but these were a good deal. Wanted to check that these were genuine fossils and not a scam. Fossils came with certificate of authenticity from [seller name redacted] but I know that doesn't mean much. Pterosaur tooth - Tafilalet, Morocco Triceratops bone S.Dakota N. AMERICA Thanks !
  2. Hello everyone, I've been trying to gather a list of fossils for a wishlist for the upcoming September show in Denver. I've been looking in the fake/real section in the forum and it's seemed to sway my confidence for picking out real vs fake fossils in person. Is there any fossils or regions where fakes are common, or that I should avoid purchasing? Thank you for any help!
  3. Came across this piece on online auction site: [link removed] the seller has stellar reviews and I want to believe it it real, but it really looks like a crocodile jaw. Wanted to get other opinions.
  4. Hello all, I love reading the posts here and the knowledge base is amazing. Question, I came across these two specimens today and they seem really long "tall" and too perfectly straight to be real. They must be at least 4 foot tall. I have enclosed pictures and a close-up of a small section that is broken. Thank you all for the help. D
  5. Was recently in AZ and went to the 22nd street fossil and gem show. Found an ammonite unlike any other I have ever seen so I decided to grab it. Just curious whether or not it's a real sample or well dressed eye candy fake. Was told it was from Morocco not Madagascar. Any thoughts?
  6. Would like your opinion on a few Spinosaurus claws. They all look fake or heavily reconstructed to me. Have read the Moroccan claws thread, but would still like need an expert opinion. Sorry for the overload of photos. Claw #1
  7. Hey everyone, I have this specimen and i have serious doubts that it's a classic case of a composed trilobite. Here are the photos :
  8. Can anyone help me assess if this Trilobite fossil is true or fake? I bought it in an estate auction from a home in Hollywood with lots of significant art. I am looking very closely and see no bubbles, or other indicators that this is fake.
  9. Hello everyone, I'm a novice considering an online purchase. In my corner of the world even poor quality fossils are few and far between both online and and in shops, so I haven't had much oppotunity to get a feel for what's genuine or decent quality and could use some advice. The tooth is listed as a Dromaeosaurus from the not very specific location of North africa. I'd of course prefer if the location was properly specified, but because I rarely see anything worth purchasing, I've ended up considering this tooth in spite of that. I'm wondering whether the tooth h
  10. Hello, I recently bought this tooth that is said to be from a spinosaurus. Is it real? It was found in morocco... Thank you in advance!
  11. Hi I came across this Keichousaurus fossil online and was wondering if it is real or as major restorations of painted parts. Thanks!
  12. I was doing some investigating into different types of Trilobite fossils and I came across these images. I didn't know a Koneprusia, or any Trilobite fossil, could be this pristine (or that if fake that it could be so detailed a fake). It doesn't look like what I thought because the spines seem bendy here and I thought they would be rigid from seeing other (way less detailed) specimens. I also am not sure preparation could produce this level of clean detail on the "spikes" (?) show on all the spines. Could this be a real fossil, or could someone have created this level of fakery? I kept
  13. Hey, I have a question... what do you think of the fossil i found at a store? Is it real? It's from ca. 80 Million years from marokko.
  14. Hello everybody! Someone offered me a Scabrella to buy... As it is a rare trilobite I have doubts about its authenticity. Can you help me? Please!
  15. HI everybody, so i´m quite new in the fossil collecting business and started watching some auctions on an auction site, recently. My one and only fossil finding event was some years ago in the south of morocco with my wife in a jeep, where we could find trilobites easy on the side of the desert tracks. one of the locals also showed us the "production" of the 100´s of trilobites they sold as souvenirs, mostly made by casts... Well, what i´m looking for now is a selection of maybe a (or 2) handful nice objects of good size and quality, and one of this pieces sho
  16. I got it for Christmas the other day and it seems a little....off
  17. I'm thinking this is a fake but would appreciate some opinions.
  18. Attached are a few pictures of woolly mammoth teeth. Some of the pictures are real (per the seller) and some are replicas. My question is without additional information (which I think a seller could fabricate) how can you tell the real from the replica?! Thank you!
  19. Hello Could someone please give their opinion regarding if this an authentic Ceratopsian bone? Per the seller it’s from Wyoming. Thank you!
  20. Please some expert to answer me , I dont have any knowledge, please answer fast TY ! , Please as many honest answers as you can <3 I bought this , but before i pay can someone answer me is it genuine ? real mammoth tooth ?
  21. Hello TFF, Former lurker here, now fresh newbie. I've stumbled across a Psittacosaurus skeleton that seems too good to be true and I'd like to ask for your opinion(s). It looks real to me. No clear origin, sold from Taiwan, length 1.2 meters, weight 3.5kg (mistake, red flag or nothing?). I've asked for additional details (that I will or won't get), but meanwhile I can't decide if it's real and I'm paranoid or ... not So, what do you make of this specimen? Anything suspicious or noteworthy about it? Any input would help, thank you!
  22. Hi there everyone! I’ve been wanting to expand my amber specimen collection for quite some time now and I recently came across a seller (which will remain unnamed per the forum rules) with some very interesting and unique listings posted on their page. I’ve included images of the specimens below; I was really hoping that y’all could give them a look and let me know what y’all think. The first specimen looks to have a lizard/snake skin inclusion. The second specimen contains small feather inclusions along with some even smaller organic matter. Both of these specimens are
  23. Hi, I found this fossil sold online, what are your opinions about it? In general, are auction sites good websites to buy fossils or have you a website to suggest where I can buy fossils original? Thank you for your help!!
  24. A friend of mine gave this to me recently and I was wondering if it was legitimate or not, because neither of us could easily tell.
  25. Just wondering if you see anything fishy about this small but pretty megalodon tooth. Thanks!
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