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Found 74 results

  1. what is jade ammonite? im hesiting if buying one,but i do not want a fake fossile. also,haw can i tell if it real only by the pic online?
  2. This elrathria kingii was bought last winter in Okinawa. This is a pretty weird case because when I flipped it over, there seemed to be some weird markings. Furthermore, the trilobite did not seem to be casted from the outside, there is some cracking and no air bubbles visible. Also, there were quite a few for sale, and none looked the same. Plus, this species is so common, there shouldn't be any economic value in faking it. Any help is appreciated. See what I mean?
  3. Hi all. eBay is generally a good website for us to get fossil specimens as long as we do the proper research, and seek out reputable sellers. However, certain fossils pop up every now and then that are obvious fakes, and not every buyer is diligent enough to know so. What we can do is to report these listings. Believe it or not, sometimes they do get taken down. To begin, say you notice a fossil you know is fake. Click on Report Item on the top right, it's above the eBay item number. eBay takes you to another screen: Choose Listing practices > Fraudulent listing activities > You suspect that a listing is fraudulent Hit Continue, and you'll be given an item number. Hit 'Send Report'. You do not need to be a bidder to make this report. You'll know the report is made when you're taken to this new screen: Ultimately, the best practice if you shop on eBay is to do your due research. Ask the experts here; they are more than willing to point out when a fossil is fake. I've personally saved thousands just by helpful advice here. Also, if you notice any fake fossils, do us a favor as well by posting about it here, but do not mention the seller's name or identity; we are here to learn, not conduct a witch hunt. Good luck
  4. 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 where he points out some of the most common examples of mass manufactured fake eggs.
  5. As the title says.. Just saw this for 400 on our favorite auction site as 100% authentic. One can clearly see its plaster and you can see the work marks..
  6. There are a lot of Asaphus kowalewskiis on a particular auction site, that range in price from 100-300 dollars. Are these legitimate? They all come from Russia, Finland, Estonia, and that region. I know there's always some restoration to the shell, but are they ever faked outright? Example attached
  7. We've all laughed before at the nodules/concretions sold as eggs on popular auction sites, either by the ignorant or deceitful. However, most of the things I've seen advertised previously have been at least moderately egg-shaped. Not so with these stunning examples, which tend more towards being rock-shaped. I can only imagine how valuable these ordinary rocks - the exceptional colour and beauty of which are plain to see - were to the native Americans. I think it is a reasonable conjecture that they kept their favourite ordinary rocks in some sort of display cabinet, or possibly locked away in some kind of safe, to negate the risk of theft. I can now only marvel that these beautiful ordinary rocks have survived intact, and were not made into grinding stones, carved into bows and arrows, thrown at buffalo, or used to prop up tables on uneven surfaces.
  8. Hey all, I came across this thing and wanted Your opinions on whether it is a fake or real fossil. Please let Me know what You think. Thanks, Ynot
  9. Hello community. I would like to buy a Keichousaurus for a long time and I have now discovered an interesting offer. Unfortunately, I do not know if it is a fake, or whether it is a real fossil. Can you look at the pictures and give your opinion. That would really help me. Many Thanks
  10. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since July 6, 2017. Fossil Fakes and Composites Aguirre, J. (2004). Plagiarism in Paleontology: A New Threat Within the Scientific Community. Revista EspaƱola de Micropaleontologia, 36(2). Balter, M. (2013). Authenticity of China's Fabulous Fossils Gets New Scrutiny. Science, Vol.340. Bednarik, R.G. (2013). African Eve: Hoax or Hypothesis? Advances in Anthropology, Vol.3, Number 4. Branch, G. and E.C. Scott (2013). Peking, Piltdown and Paluxy: creationist legends about paleoanthropology. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 6: 27. Corbacho, J. and C. Sendino. Fossil fakes and their recognition. Corbacho, J., C. Sendino., and M'H.Tahiri (2011). Palaeontological Fakes. Batalleria, 16. (Thanks to xonenine for finding this one!) Dawson, C. and A.S. Woodward (1913). On the Discovery of a Paleolithic Human Skull and Mandible in the Flint-Bearing Gravel Overlying the Wealden at Piltdown, Fletching.Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 69. (NOTE: 'Piltdown Man' was later proven to be one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated in science. This article is included for historical value only.) Eriksson, M.E. and G.O. Poinar (2015). Fake it till you make it - the uncanny art of forging amber. Geology Today, Vol.31, Number 1. Espinoza, E.O., et al. (1990). A Method for Differentiating Modern from Ancient Proboscidean Ivory in Worked Objects. Current Research in the Pleistocene, Vol.7. Kosmowska-Ceranowicz, B. (2003). Amber Imitations in the Warsaw amber collection. Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 46 (suppl.-Fossil Insects). Lerosey-Aubril, R.. A fake Inca trilobite from Chile. The trilobite papers, 16. Massare, J.A. and D.R. Lomax (2014). Recognizing Composite Specimens of Jurassic Ichthyosaurs in Historical Collections. The Geological Curator, 10(1). (Note: Article begins on page 9. Thanks to doushantuo for locating this one!) Mateus, O., M. Overbeeke, and F. Rita (2008). Dinosaur Frauds, Hoaxes and "Frankensteins": How to Distinguish Fake and Genuine Vertebrate Fossils. Journal of Paleontological Techniques, Number 2. Olson, S.L. (2000). Birds-Dino Flap - Countdown to Piltdown at National Geographic. The Rise and Fall of Archaeoraptor. Backbone, Vol.13, Number 2. Raducanu, I. (2006). Actual Exigencies Concerning the Quality of Amber Pieces Commercialized in Romania. Buletinul Universitatii Petrol - Gaze din Ploiesti, Vol. LVIII, Number 2. Rowe, T., et al. (2001). The Archaeoraptor forgery. Nature, Vol.410 (brief communications). Ruffell, A., N. Majury and W.E. Brooks (2012). Geological Fakes and Frauds. Earth-Science Reviews, 111. Padian, K. (2000). Feathers, Fakes and Fossil Dealers: How the Commercial Sale of Fossils Erodes Science and Education. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.3, Issue 2, Editorial 2. Senter, P. and D.M. Klein (2014). Investigations of claims of late-surviving pterosaurs: the cases of Belon's, Aldrovandi's, and Cardinal Barberini's winged dragons. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.17, Issue 3. Senter, P. and P.D. Wilkins (2013). Investigation of a claim of a late-surviving pterosaur and exposure of a taxidemic hoax: the case of Cornelius Meyer's dragon. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.16, Issue 1; 6A. Stone, R. (2010). Altering the Past: China's Faked Fossils Problem. Science, Vol.330. Straus, W.L. (1954). The Great Piltdown Hoax. Science, Vol.119. Turrittin, T.H. (2006). An annotated bibliography of the Piltdown Man forgery, 1953-2005. PalArch, 1, 1. Vanlandingham, S.L. Extraordinary Examples of Deception in Peer Reviewing: Conconction of the Dorenberg Skull Hoax and Related Misconduct. Wang, X. (2013). Mortgaging the future of Chinese paleontology. PNAS, Vol.110, Number 9. Wing, O. (2009). A simulated bird gastric mill and its implications for fossil gastrolith authenticity. Fossil Record, 12(1). Zhou, Z., J.A. Clarke and F. Zhang (2002). Archaeoraptor's Better Half. Nature, Vol. 420. Zipfel, B., C. Yates and A.M. Yates (2010). A case of vertebrate fossil forgery from Madagascar. Palaeont.afr., 45, Technical Note. Pseudofossils Breton, G., M. Serrano-Sanchez and F.J. Vega (2014). Filamentous micro-organisms, inorganic inclusions and pseudo-fossils in the Miocene amber from Totolapa (Chiapas, Mexico): taphonomy and systematics. Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana, Vol.66, Number 1. Jenkins, R.J.F., P.S. Plummer and K.C. Moriarty (1981). Late Precambrian Pseudofossils from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Transactions of The Royal Society of South Australia, 105. Knaust, D. and R. Hauschke (2004). Trace fossils versus pseudofossils in Lower Triassic playa deposits, Germany. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecoloty, 215. Queensland Museum (2011). Pseudofossils - Fact Sheet. The State of Queensland (Queensland Museum). Schopf, J.W., et al. (2010). Precambrian microbe-like pseudofossils: A promising solution to the problem. Precambrian Research, 179.
  11. Hi! Below I have some pictures of dinosaur eggs. Picture 1 is stated as a dendroolithus egg. Picture 2, 3, 4 and 5 are stated as "Hadrosaur" eggs. Picture 6 is stated as a segnosaur egg. Picture 7, 8 and 9 are stated as "Raptor" eggs. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The price ranges from a few hundred dollars up to $2,500. And my questions are, how much is a dinosaur egg really worth, depending on the quality and species? And when is this kind of deals "to good to be truth"? How common are real dinosaur eggs? What can you do to avoid getting scammed? I might be interested in buying a dinosaur egg, and since there is so many fake ones out there it is good to be aware of as many signs as possible, that might indicate a "to good to be truth" or a "fake" deal.
  12. Hi, I'm about to purchase this Dyrosaurus fossil from a seller but just wanted to make sure it's not a cast or fake. He said a few of the teeth were reinserted after they came loose but that's about it. It's originally found in Morroco, and he's had it over a year in storage. It's about 5 feet across diagonally. Here's some more pics It looks real to me but I'm not an expert so I want to make sure first.
  13. So I may or may not get killed for my recent purchase, I jumped at it when I received a offer and now I'm freaking out a bit. Could you please help confirm that this indeed real and then possibly I'll be out of hot water. Thanks!!!
  14. Hi, I'm a beginner with fossils and recently purchased a Knightia fossil for 50 New Zealand dollars. When I got home I took a look and noticed it appeared painted. I've researched and apparently people often paint over to enhance it and make it look better. The question is, is it fake? I don't mind if it's painted over for looks but I will be disappointed if it's completely fake. Has to be painted, now I'm just wondering whether it's a genuine fossil or not
  15. Just spotted this beauty on a well known auction website. Looks like you could crack it into a pan and have a lovely fried egg sandwich, doesn't it? It had bids, up to a reasonable sum of money (a lot of money, considering that it's just a rock). I messaged the seller to tell him it was just a rock. He replied 'I've had 2 collectors look at it since I listed it, it is a fossilized egg'. Fair enough. I know better than to argue with two collectors. He did, however, close the auction immediately after my email, despite his reply. Part of me hopes a greedy collector nabbed it with a cash offer.
  16. Shark teeth

    I bought the big one at a car boot this morning and the small one off eBay, the small ones description on eBay said it was real but the fact it's only yellowish I just aren't sure now, and if you could tell me what shark you think these are from it would be great and a UK site where I could get genuine ones from
  17. Well my wonderful and well intentioned girlfriend wanted to purchase me a fossil and just sent me a link to a eBay listing. The seller is located in the states but specifies the "fossil" is from China. It seems fake to me but I would much appreciate some feedback as to not make her feel bad by fighting for a return. Thanks!
  18. Here is a new one - Although the seller does state in the description that they are sculptures, they are being sold under fossils, and there is no mention of the fact in the title, which advertises it as "dinosaur fossil" Combined with the ridiculous prices, it seems a bit shady to me. Most people will easily be able to recognize this for what it is, but, I am disturbed by the lack of info in the title. I hope no one is naive enough to pay the price. Buyer beware.
  19. This is my first post ... patience please. I collect amber with insects under normal circumstances. I have inherited a box of different fossil teeth from a relative. I am told the pieces are from Morocco he brought back in the early 70's. The more I read and research online, the more I hear "fake Moroccan fossils". I have no idea but would like to confirm either way. I have followed several threads on this site researching this. If these are real, how is quality determined? Do I need to clean them up or will I damage them? I find a tremendous range in pricing online. I collect amber and know how to value quality but this is a different thing to me. I assume I need to get past the "fake" issue first. I can see what I think is repair (maybe glue or epoxy) on some of the teeth from being broken but not sure. There are quite a few pieces. Any help would be appreciated thanks B
  20. Hello, I was browsing through our favorite auction site, when I stumbled upon an offer for a Stegosaurus rib fragment. The price was quite low, especially compared to offers from other sellers. I generally don't trust online auctions, so I wanted to make sure what I was buying was really a Stegosaurus rib fragment. If you find that this rib belongs to another dinosaur, please tell me. Could you help me? I know the pic isn't of great quality, and I don't know if a way of getting a better photo.
  21. I recently brought these teeth from a website (they deal with fossils) and was assured they are 100% real. I am newbie to this so I would just like some assurance that these are in fact real or fakes. Any comments would be much appreciated. The biggest one is about 2 1/5 inches. Location: Kem Kem, Morocco Age: 65-95 million years Thanks!
  22. Hi all, I just got back from a Gem and Mineral show. I got some great trilobites, in particular this one. But now I am concerned it is a fake. I paid $40 and it seems too good to be true, but I don't know much. The trilobite itself is about 5 inches or 14 cm long. Any thoughts?
  23. Greetings Fossil enthusiasts- My sister brought me a wonderful gift when she got home yesterday. It will always keep its sentimental value to me, but I'm curious if this fossil is real or fake? I've been looking up and down all over the internet and I have no clear cut answer so I'm hoping one of you can help me. I have a hunch it is a fake of some sort- but it's still neat nonetheless. I appreciate any and all feedback. Thank you, and have a wonderful day friends. Pictured is the specimen flipped to show both sides.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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