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Found 67 results

  1. 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.
  2. 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!!!
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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!
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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!
  14. 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?
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Another fake claw. It's advertised as a Spinosaurus claw. While it might be real bone, this is a complete fabrication. It has probably been sculpted from a random bone piece to make it look like a claw. Notice how the structure is mostly the same all over. The grain of the bone also does not follow the shape of the "claw". All the details seem horizonal and don't curve along with the curve of the overall shape.
  19. I bought this Trilobite from Morocco about 11 years ago. I know there are many fakes out there, so I am asking for your opinions. There is a repaired crack through the center of the matrix which made me believe that it was real. You can see the crack in the photo, it goes from the upper left, through the trilobite, and over to center right. If it is real, is the black color natural to this type of trilobite from Morocco or has it been painted?
  20. I came across this composite turtle skull and thought it was a nice example that I should share. This looks like a pretty classic example of how Moroccan reptile skulls are faked. There's a number of pieces of real bone that are embedded into what is possibly partially real matrix. the lower jaw looks like the two pieces might actually be real lower jaw pieces. But it's hard to tell if the pieces belong together. The main skull itself though is kinda of a monstrosity. Notice how between the plateaus of bone there are areas that lack any detail. These areas are completely fabricated. The pieces of bone also seem to stick out a little at weird angles. So it is likely that these are mostly just random pieces of bone made to look like a real skull. A scenario that is also very common is when partial real skulls get stuff added to them to make them look more complete. Those are some nice photos though.
  21. Good morning to everyone! Sorry my poor English ... Please like to hear from you. This my Mosasaur Jaw Bone Fossil is real? Thanks to everyone who can help me.
  22. Found these online. I suspect they're fakes. Beware. Not surprising if they are fake, besides, they're from China. (not saying that all fossils being sold from China are fake.)
  23. I keep seeing this 'thing' pop up on my online searches, and I tried to ignore it, but... I can't. It's from an auction website, where it has been bid up to around $300. Obviously this would convince most experts, so I thought I should post it so that people could familiarise themselves with the tell-tale signs that it is, in fact, a very clever forgery; primarily, that it looks like it's been designed by a five year old who doesn't understand what skeletons are. The seller informs us that this specimen 'was found in the Liaoning Province, China'. Presumably in a skip (or 'dumpster' if you're American). Enjoy.
  24. Hello everyone, This is my first time here, as well as my first time purchasing fossils. I'm interested in purchasing the attached fossils. How do I know whether or not they're authentic? I would really appreciate some help.
  25. Hi, I am posting a question to help my mom. She is very fascinated with ammonites after seeing my collection. She found this one online and she wants it but isn't sure if it's authentic or fake. I have a surriceras ammonite with similar markings but I can't personally tell with this one being uncurled. any help is appreciated