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  1. Hi everyone! i found this psittacosaurus skeleton on an auction site. At first glance I noticed that something as off. It’s supposed to be from an old collection and the juvenile specimen is about 50 cm in length. These are my issues with it (would be great to hear your opinions about this). 1. The spine, neck and tail doesn’t look at all like vertebrae. 2. In the skull there’s some black mineral left in the eye socket and in the mouth. But it doesn’t match any mineral I’ve seen around these specimen before. 3. The mounting and position is just very off. 4. The ribs are clearly replacements. What’s your view on this? Is it worth buying and further restoring?
  2. Hello, could you help me what do you think about this Spinosaurus claw and bones? I´m thinking about buy it. I know, that is reconstructed, but I hope is not fake, or is it? Thank you very much for help.
  3. Hello guys . I need some help. I just bought some eggs (i think) they were not to expensive so i had to take the risk before someone else got them I will try to post them one at a time Thanks in advance
  4. Hello, and thanks to everyone who helped with my last trilobite that I had inquired about. I had a bad feeling about it from the start, so I wasn’t surprised that it turned out to be mostly fake. I have a few more trilobites here that I’ve acquired over the years that I was hoping to get some more opinions on, and if possible maybe get the species identified, as not all of them were identified when I bought them. I'll start with just this one for now (I was going to post more, but I seem to have reached some file limit and can't post any more photos in this thread). It is about six inches outstretched. I am certain that it is at least partially real, as there is some good eye detail, but there is also some very obvious restoration work on one of the eyes, which indicates that at least some portion of the fossil is not original, and I was wondering if anyone can say which parts of this trilobite are original fossil and which are not. Also, there is a split in the rock which divides the fossil in half at about the point where the cephalon meets the thorax (it looks further down from the bottom of the matrix, but from the top that’s where the crack is), so I suspect that this may be a composite. Thank you
  5. Hi everybody I found another seller who is wanting to sell this fossil - about 80 cm (Mosasaur vertebrae). Decent price, but maybe a bit to good to be true. Because I'm very new to the 'bigger specimens'-collecting (only bigger items from mostly quaternary/tertiary), I would like to get your opinions on it. Can ask for further detailed photos if needed. Kind Regards Max (Belgium)
  6. Hi everybody I found a seller who is wanting to sell this Mosasaur matrix-specimen. Initial photo's look ok, but I would like to get your opinions on it. Can ask for detailed photos if needed. This would be my first 'major' item that I would add to my humble collection, so naturally, I'm cautious. Kind Regards Max (Belgium)
  7. Saber-tooth Canine

    Need help with this sabertooth canine! Wanted to know if its ever been repaired or not(in its original state). The canine looks superb to the naked eyes, but under a magnifyer, I can see white residue in the crack or fractured area. The line of the crack or fractured area goes all the way around the canine. One would assume that its been fractured and glued back together, yet it could been molded to make replicas leaving some molds in the cracks. But I noticed that the serrations are not alligned. One side sits higher than the other of the fractured or cracked area. All together it weighs light, but its lighter on the root side. Please look at these photos and help me out with your experience, knowledge, and expertise! Can the canine have these cracked or fractured lines but was never broken or fixed?
  8. Hi. I was wondering if or how to tell if this Meg tooth is real? It almost sounds like obsidian when I tap it. I have held quite a few teeth, it does feel and sound authentic. The lady I got it from salid there is papers to authenticate it, but cant find it. Thank you!
  9. This rock is listed as "Ocadia messeliana" fossil turtle from Messel, but is obviously a septarian nodule (you can clearly recognise it by the patterns and by the fact that there isn't a shell). It is indeed at first glance very similar to a turtle, but is not.
  10. 3.6 inches. Some restoration on the tip.
  11. Hey guys, Recently my friend bought a trilobite and the seller told him it was a reedops, but I checked some pictures on the website and found that it should be a drotops? Both eyes showing good details but still quite doubt that this one is a fake trilobite cuz the seller just gave him a wrong information. I don't have any experience on how to recognize these kind of fossils. The last picture was send to him by the seller. Please help me T T Many thanks!!
  12. I bought this egg from years ago Do you think this egg from henan is genuine? I'm concerned about the texture that seems too glossy IF this egg is real May I know this egg ID? Thank you in advance for your help.
  13. Hi there i continue to maintain my very very amateur status but I've been trying to read the different threads on here regarding spinosaurus jaw and what I gathered so far is pitting is reflective of croc jaw and if it only has a single socket or also makes it difficult to determine if its spino or croc. I found this one on our favorite auction site and wanted to get your opinion
  14. I bought this YEARS ago and it has been sitting on a shelf ever since. Never took the time to verify it's authenticity, but from what I have seen on this site it definitely appears to be fake.
  15. Good afternoon. May I know the claw of fossil is real or not, please? Thank you.
  16. Hi everyone! New to the forum. I went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum last summer and purchased this Trilobite in their giftshop. I just realized it may be a fake. Looking at it closer I think I may be correct... can someone please help me out to see if it is real or fake. I would really appreciate it. Being the Smithsonian I thought it would be real. I saw no information tags saying it was not real so Im not sure. Thanks!
  17. Hello! i posted a different real or fake question earlier (brittle starfish) and was told It was fake and to keep looking for other gifts. It was suggested that it’s better to be safe than sorry and to post other items I’m interested in. Since i really appreciated the input last time, I’m here to ask again This time it’s a zoom in of an ammonite slab (holzmaden shale from Germany). It looks real to me but I just wanted to check. Thanks for all the help in gift searching!!
  18. Hello everyone! first time poster here. I wanted to gather some opinions on whether this is a genuine or carved brittle starfish. I found it for sale online and wanted to purchase it for my collector wife (as a surprise). However, I heard/read there are many fake fossils and I don’t have enough confidence to make a call on its authenticity. What do you all think? thanks a lot for the help and advice. -Robert
  19. Seller says It has field crack repair but I was wondering if it looks restored. Thanks
  20. I bought this one already, my very first fossil of any kind. Is there anything that sets off any alarms? I know people usually enquire about longer teeth which might show signs of extension, but I would feel better just making sure. I also have my eyes set on a batch of 5. From what little I've researched, those 5 set off more alarm bells but I'm at my max total for attachments.
  21. Hello all! ive recently purchased this piece (I know I should have consulted beforehand) but I only saw it the last minute before the auction ended. I would still love some insight on it and maybe an actual idea of its locality and species (or genera). The seller claims there is no restoration other than gluing different parts together. He also claims its Enlongatoolithidae either raptor or oviraptor or other therapoda. I would love to have better information on it and even its locality in China, since I assume that’s where it’s from. The fossil is 15 cm long. Unfortunately these are the best photos I could get for the timebeing until it arrives. Best wishes to all, Mohammed
  22. Hey everyone, I'm new to the site so hopefully I read all the posting rules correctly. Having said that, I was given this meg tooth as a gift. I am unsure however if it is real as it's missing the serrated edges and has a remarkable polish that gives it a glassy texture. I am not aware of any restoration methods or what not when it comes to selling to the general public so I can only go off my own knowledge of meg teeth. It's also heavier than my phone. Is there anyone who could maybe point out some red flags (or green ones!) to let me know if she was sold a replica? I can also add more images if need be. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1bcvrtv7m6d7q13/AAD-RcmDpOCMgeJ6aJ_Xh40Pa?dl=0 Please click that link to view all 6 images. (For some reason I can't upload them here)
  23. Just got an offer for this 5 Megs. Do they look suspicious? I don`t have any experience with Megs from this location. Thanks
  24. I am looking into building a project for my partner, and she loves the Stegosaurus...so I go looking at whats out there....seems like fossil dorsal armor plates are extremely pricey and other fossils are rare. I know many of them come out of the Morrison Formation and I found some small fossils for sale that claim they are neck scutes...but they are VERY small and the price seems ridiculously low for how rare they are supposed to be. Is there anyway to tell if these are real and actually from the correct species?
  25. Hello all, Recently I purchased a pair of tooth from a seller who sold me real keichousaurus and another real frog fossil based on forum opinions. He says this pair is from the same animal. I don’t even know if it’s Smilodon or Machairodus, nor do I have information about locality except that it was originally from China. Main reason I’m asking the forum is that as this is my first time owning saber cat teeth I’m not sure if they are always this light? 31-33 grams per piece only. It doesn’t seem cast with the great amount of detail. And about restoration it was broken and repaired, which is what the seller also said. Best wishes
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