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  1. Need fossil ID

    3 1/2 in. X 4 1/2 in. 2 in. Wide
  2. There are lots off fossil eggs popping up on the market. Would be nice to get some opinions on the following one: middle one
  3. Yet Another Egg ID Request

    Hi! Yep, this is the ten thousandth request to identify an "egg". I am pretty sure it's a fossilized egg and not a concretion, but I don't expect it to be from a dinosaur - maybe an ancient turtle or prosauropod or something, or possibly an Archosaur like Aetosaurus (which has been found in the same area). I have read the basic and advanced topics on egg identification on the forums, and I hope I can provide enough information for a clear identification. I found this "egg" a few days ago along the south shore of the Merimere Reservoir in Connecticut. This reservoir is located in a glacier-cut valley about 10 miles (16 km) southwest of Dinosaur State Park. It is in the town of Meriden, where remains of the small Hypsognathus were discovered. Here's a bit about the geological history of the area (which is an 1800 acre preserve called Hubbard Park) from the official website: "These areas, known as the Hanging Hills of Meriden on the west and Lamentation Mountain on the east, were formed by volcanoes 200 million years ago when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Two of three major lava flows covered the red sandstone valley in Meriden. Each one cooled and hardened into trap rock known as step (basalt) and was gradually covered by sand and mud eroded from the surrounding hills. Through time, these sediments were buried by new sediment and cemented into brownstone by the slow trickle of groundwater. One exposure of the contact between the sandstone and basalt is in the cliff Northeast of Mirror Lake, 0.15 mile south of the Southern tip of Merimere Reservoir. A two foot thick layer of sandstone covers light-brown to light-red-banded silt stone and lays on top of two (2) inches of red clay with overlying basalt. Once the volcanic activity stopped, the whole region was fractured and tilted to the West. Since then, hundreds of feet of the softer sandstone bedrock have eroded from the valley leaving the dense, hard volcanic trap rock ridge layers standing out far above the surrounding landscape." What remains of the "egg" is about 11 cm (4") long and 5 cm (2") thick. It could have been round but I think more likely elongated (elongato/dictyo) and appears to have been squished a bit before fossilization, as you might expect from either being stepped on or crushed by earth or mud. It appears to have had a thick, leathery hide-like "shell" around it, in which tiny evidences of porosity can be seen, along with irregular cracks from the compression. There is a noticeably flatter side (the "bottom") which has a pattern of cracks that would be consistent with something like a crushed soft-shelled turtle egg. Unfortunately, it has been damaged and parts have broken off. The interior appears to be darker than the "shell" and the center of that core darker yet. I created a Google Photos shareable folder for the pictures since the total would be more than 4MB. You can access it HERE (I hope!). Photo comments (starting from the top, left to right): This pic mainly to show thickness of and striations in the "shell". Note the cracking pattern and the porosity of the "shell". This is what I am calling the bottom; it's very flat and also cracked. Close-up of the bottom cracks and holes. Another, closer shot of the "shell" for thickness and pattern. Side view more clearly showing the core of the "egg". Bottom again from another angle. Top view for measurement (cm). Side angled view for measurement (cm). Thank you in advance for your help. I'm happy to take any additional photos required (and maybe with better lighting!). Chris
  4. Hello again everyone! i received the egg I purchased. I took pics outside in sunlight so hopefully some of the can “shed light” on whether this is real or faked. Again, I greatly appreciate everyone’s input. Thanks! Aaron
  5. Hi all, please be careful whenever you purchase Chinese vertebrate fossils or dinosaur eggs, especially turtles and birds. While some of these may look laughably fake, a search on purchase history reveals that these fossils have been sold over and over again. No prize for guessing which auction site these fossils were sold. I notice three devious techniques used by these sellers: 1) Issuing a certificate, claiming it's been examined by experts etc - Certs mean nothing, unless they are provided by actual museums 2) Selling some real fossils - I've been monitoring this seller's listings for years. Every now and then, a real one shows up. His victims may have bought something genuine from him before, and assumed all his listings are good. 3) Selling replicas alongside his fake fossils - By outright proclaiming some of his listings as replicas, this seller creates the impression that he is a responsible seller who would inform people about the true nature of their purchases. "The best lies have an element of truth" Remember, if you aren't absolutely sure of your purchase, post some pics here on TFF. We have experts who would help you if they can. Also, if you need more info about this listings or the seller, feel free to PM me.
  6. Hello everyone! I’m Aaron and I’m new here. I just purchased an egg online. I then started reading about how many fakes there are and now I’m very worried. Can anyone give me the skinny on whether it’s real or not? It’s coming from Malaysia and claims to have been part of a private Japanese collection prior to the 80s. I appreciate all your input, thanks!
  7. Fossilized Egg?

    I found this sometime in the 1970’s State: New York, County: Suffolk, Township: Brookhaven, Hamlet: Rocky Point on Broadway Beach on the shore of Long Island Sound. The fossil weighs about one ounce. The hole was there when found, through it there is hollow space, but I can also see that there is some structure or substance inside.
  8. Dino egg?

    Going thru my box of geodes and found what possibly could be Dino egg...need help to identify this fossil...found this in northern Iowa in my husband’s grandmother’s rocks outside in her flower bed...may not originally be from Iowa. Approximate Measurements: 5” long. 10.1cm wide 4” wide. 7.6cm wide
  9. Plain ole rock or possible egg?

    I went home to help clean out my family storage unit. While home I found a rock that resembles an egg. I used to do landscaping in Illinois and I believe that's when I found it. I haven't looked at it in over 20 years. When I saw it again it made me curious. The lines on it do look like breakage and the most interesting part to me is that it has indentations on both sides which makes me think it was soft at one point. Also, on the rock seems to be compressed into an elongated shape which coincides with the indentations. Its about 7 inches in width and about 8.5 inches in diameter. It seems to be slightly porous under close examination. The open end leads me to believe that its not an egg but some of the smaller cracks that are raised look similar to shell. I appreciate everyone taking the time to look at it.
  10. Novice to identifying fossils, if there's a lower rung on the knowledge scale it would probably be more applicable. Found this about 30cm deep in north central West Virginia about 12 miles south of Cumberland MD. Our yard is about 10cm of topsoil and at least a meter of hard packed shale (that's as far down as I've had the pleasure of digging for my projects). I've found other similar items but this one split to show the interior which caught my interest.
  11. help, what is this urchin, egg, geode?

  12. ¡Hola! Compré este huevo de dinosaurio de China. El huevo mide 20cm y tiene una forma perfecta. Quiero prepararlo para resaltar la cáscara de huevo (tiene mucha cáscara de huevo) ¿Qué opinas sobre su identificación y calidad? Muchas gracias! Hello! I bought this dinosaur egg from China. The egg measures 20cm and has a perfect shape. I want to prepare it to highlight the egg shell (it has a lot of eggshell) What do you think about their identification and quality? Thank you! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RFQY9_A2utpgT-jLOOHHlQUsNITqMEGK/view?usp=drivesdk
  13. Sauropod Egg?

    I am wondering if anyone can identify this as a possible sauropod egg. I found it on my property, roughly 1/2 mile from Riggs Hill in Colorado. Riggs Hill is the location of the first discovery of the Brachiosaurus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brachiosaurus Thank you
  14. ID Fossil Egg

    Hello, Can anyone help identify this fossil we found on the Yorkshire Coast, UK? Thanks
  15. EGGceptional or a SHAMrock?

    I’m new to this forum so I’ll start out by saying HI y’all...need some help from y’all in identifying this wanna-be bowling ball...Dino egg or no Dino egg? I found this out-in-the-middle of nowhere outside of Wimberley Texas....it would be cool if this was an egg but I’m not gonna get EGGcited or put all my eggs into 1 basket...ok ok I won’t “crack” any more lame jokes...thank y’all for your
  16. UPDATE: I politely messaged the seller with the correct ID and have received a very friendly reply thanking me and that there was no intent to deceive. They say they'll change the listing when back from a foreign holiday. UPDATE 2: 3 June 2019 This has now been correctly relisted as a coral - at a much, much lower price (but still a lot more by several times than I'd be prepared to pay if I wanted it, which I don't! - it's a common species). ORIGINAL POST:Described as a dinosaur egg with worm infestation, and with a very high price tag! It's obviously a coral colony, probably Diphyphyllum sp.
  17. Which came first? Dinosaur or Chicken?

    As promised, here are 2 photos with measurements showing an egg that was in the collection of fossils found in a storage locker. Again, no known location of origin. There appears to be an embryo still attached, which is pretty dang cool if you ask me, but not enough physical detailed features to be able to identify what class of animal it belongs to. I've considered chipping away a bit of the surrounding stone to see if I could acquire more detail of the egg itself, but I'm "chicken". (mic drop) Anyway, I've been corny enough. If anyone has any idea on what this may be I'd be eternally grateful.
  18. I recently found something amazing for sale,it is claimed to be a fossilized dino embryo. It is said that this is fossillized seed or brain but later identified it as a dino.I found something similar but throw it away because mom said that it was just a stone :(.
  19. Hello dear members of the forum. Very interested in the question of the eggs of which species of dinosaurs are currently found? I mean fossils of course And why not found eggs suppose stegosaurs or pterosaurs? Thank you very much.
  20. Turtle like embryos three hook together

    Hi I found this it looks like three embryos hook together with a small snake at the top small centimeter please take a look closer this has real life in this rock
  21. One of my favorite fossil types. Dinosaur eggs come in all shapes and sizes — from an oval as small as a thumb, to a sphere as big as a basketball. These fossils are often faked by the hundreds, if not thousands, in Chinese factories (China is also the world's richest source of true dinosaur eggs). However, there are also many natural-occurring objects mistaken as dinosaur eggs such as concretions or even fortuitously-shaped rocks. Despite these hurdles, dinosaur eggs remain one of the most desirable of all fossils. NOTE: Dinosaur egg and eggshells, by their nature as an ichnofossil, are challenging for private collectors to identify. None of the IDs I provide here are acceptable on a scientific level as I lack the tools to examine the cross section slices of my eggshells. However, for the sake of documentation I will still provide accurate names and locality here to the best of my ability. First up are my Oviraptorid eggs "Common" Name: Oviraptor egg Elongatoolithus sp. 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Basin, Guangdong "Common" Name: Citipati egg Macroolithus yaotunensis 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Basin, Guangdong Length: 8.78 inches (Note: Has composited eggshells) "Common" Name: Oviraptorid(small type) Nest Elongatoolithus sp. 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Formation Guangdong
  22. Fossil ID

    Found this 20 years ago. have packed it around always wonder what it is ..found 20 miles due West of Ellensburg Wa ..I see the head of something looking from left to right . opposite in picture .the head is almost the size of the rock .the white mass is center of it's mouth and eye is located just above that ..there appears to be scales of some kind on the back of it and a patch of green on the bottom. It is all coiled up hope the pictures I have are good enough to ID it ...it is roughly the size of a good potatoe ..
  23. Is this a petrified egg??

  24. 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.
  25. Hello! Well following the thread of the other post I found 3 eggs of better quality but much more expensive ... What do you think is better preserved and is of better quality? Right now I can only choose one ... Thank you so much.