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  1. hafa adai, I'd really like to buy one or two of those detailed trilobites with spines, appendages and all, either Russian or Moroccan. I see prices all over the map, and have observed a few really bad fakes. I'm sure that there are also a lot of really good fakes (hence the wild price differences). Can anyone recommend a checklist/things to look for and/or a reputable dealer (preferably one that doesn't charge mortgage-level prices)? I don't want to keep bothering folks with repeated queries of Is this one good?" "How about this one?" I've read a number of posts in this form, and they tend to refer to individual specimens. I"m looking more for something that I can save to my HD and refer to while I"m shopping online. thank you in advance, hemi
  2. Hello im new here im looking at buying this megalodon tooth its nearly 5 1/2" in size to me its looks like a near perfect tooth but im not a proffesional is there anyone that can help me with this has it had any restoration? or faked? or been polished? would you consider it a good quality tooth or are their problems im not seeing thankyou for your help
  3. hi ive always wanted a megalodon tooth i just bought this one...does this tooth look in anyway restored or faked? please let me know thank you.
  4. Hello, fellow fossil people! I am extremely new to the fossil scene and have almost no experience identifying authentic versus real fossils. I recently received a large trilobite fossil as a gift from my parents. The seller claimed that it was an authentic Moroccan trilobite, but I'm not so sure. Any information on the fossil's authenticity and/or identity would be greatly appreciated!
  5. I just noticed on one of our favorite auction sites a fellow selling fossil crabs from Java and called Lophoxanthus scaberrimus. My jaw dropped to the floor! Just another reminder to be watchful and careful what you purchase. Good luck RB
  6. Last year when I was still a rookie in the dinosaur tooth collecting hobby I acquired a rooted Carcharodontosaurus in a trade. I was advised shortly after receiving it by a few people that it looks pretty fake. I have only just got the time to look in to this properly and my findings astounded me! Attached is a before and after image. The root is completely fake and the crown is made up of at least two different carch teeth and then glued together and painted. I have now thrown this tooth in the bin. My advice for all collectors so they don’t make the same errors as me and others I’m sure is to get second and third opinions before buying or trading!
  7. Hello clever people, Got these from online. Let me know what you think of them, are they fake? Especially the Spino... Thanks! JP
  8. 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:
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. Hi everyone, are parts of this Knightia painted? Bought from a pretty reputable dealer, not a dubious random online seller.
  13. 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
  14. Does anyone have any good articles to reference for identifying fake Chinese dinosaur eggs, outside of the fossil fourm? Thank you all!
  15. 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.
  16. I do not have a lot of experience buying insect fossils and was wondering if this ancestor to the modern dragonfly fossil is real?
  17. 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?
  18. 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!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. What is this?

    Hey there! Today I've encountered this piece and I would like to know anything about it. Thank you!
  25. 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!
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