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  1. Hello, I've read some topics on this forum about how to recognise fake trilobites. These specimens I received as a gift so I don't know how much was paid for them but I think some parts are 'fake' or composits. I don't even know the names of these cuties. From the second piece I found that the eyes were made of resin (I heated up a needle and scratched a bit).
  2. Hi, Another trilobite question. Bought this recently and although every sign I've read about these creatures points out it is genuine I just thought to check it with you experts as well.
  3. Hi everyone, I'm relatively new to collecting and have gotten most of my fossils so far from one website that I think is reputable. I am trying out a website that I have purchased one fossil from already because I am interested in getting a dinosaur egg. It is a little pricey, so I just wanted to get some reassurance that it's the real deal before I pay for it. It says in the description that the original owner bought it 30 years ago and that its location of origin is unknown, which made me a little suspicious. I would greatly appreciate if I could get a little direction on this one before making a commitment.
  4. Is this fossil real or fake ? Please help me
  5. Hello everyone, this is my first post on the website though I've browsed many threads for useful information. I've been collecting fossils for years but only recently got into dinosaur fossils. Anyway, I bought this supposed Thescelosaurus dorsal vertebrae from a reputable shop that I've been a patron at for years. Everything until this that I have bought from there has been authentic, so when I wanted to buy a nicely preserved vertebrae as a center piece for my display, I didn't look this over enough before I bought it, having sort of trusted this store. Took a little look at it, it was packed for me and I was out the door. Got busy with work, didn't even take it out of the box for a week. When I finally did, it felt really light, lighter than fragmented dino bone fossils I have only half it's size, and when I tapped it, the vibration sort of sustained. Obviously shouldn't happen with a rock. Seen paint brush marks, which was the red flag that got me to do the following because who would paint an authentic fossil? Curiosity was killing me, so I decided to make a small break in it to see what the inside of the bone looked like, because seeing the middle would make it more obvious, and I was absolutely floored to find metal wire holding it together. Broke a few more pieces off, more wire. Nothing porous that would indicate it was even pieced together as parts of bone with fill in parts on or around it or inbetween the pieces, it seems to be completely fake. So long story short, seems I was duped. I'm going to mess with it some more today and see if there is ANY bone at all in this supposed vertebrae. "All sales final" with the store. A young idiot with more money than knowledge. (It wasn't cheap) I'll have to do a lot more research and be much more careful when I buy, and sort of made me mistrust any specimen I haven't surface collected myself. Just thought I'd share and ask if anyone has seen anything like this.
  6. Hello friends, nice to meet you. I am from Vietnam, my friends here dont know much about fossil. So can you help me? Can you tell me this is real or fake? It smells very pungent, i dont know why? I see some air balloon... Thank you
  7. Good Morning everyone, I have a toddler who recently got very much into dinosaurs and fossils which eventually brought back all my childhood afflictions and memories to same. We stopped my a small fossil shop near Austin where we both went crazy with all the variety. Needless to say he got some very nice, small items. I spent quite a lot on a few pieces with the hype and childhood yearn to always have in possession a few Real items. Upon our arrival at home and in closer inspection as well as researching online, I'm not sure if I purchased authentic fossils. PLEASE HELP ME! My first post with is a Megalodon Tooth that he said was fused on a crack. I’ll post some others thereafter.
  8. Hello everyone! So this fossil is being sold in the U.S. as part of an estate. It is labeled as compsognathus, but I am certain that it is not. It looks to me like some sort of marine reptile out of China. So I am wondering what it is, and if it is genuine. Thank you!
  9. Hey guys! Bought a Meg tooth from a trusted seller for my soon, but for some reason I want to confirm it is real. Here are a couple images. It is about 5.6inch in length and weights 1lb 8oz or 0.6kg. Looks great when I hold it but as you know they make great fakes... so if anyone can spot something please let me know. Thanks!
  10. A planted fake tooth??

    I am seriously stumped with this one. Maybe you folks can help me out. I found this during the weekend out near the bottom of the panhandle in the Jurassic Triassic undivided. It was found when sifting rubble through my mesh net and I won’t lie when I say I leapt with excitement when I found it. but... the more I look at it the more it seems like there is something off about it. For one, I already tried looking up known dinosaur fossils found in that region of Texas and I cannot find a tooth looking similar to this one. This tooth also doesn’t have the same coloration that other fossilized Dino teeth seem to have. The distinction between the crown and the root looks odd to me, and finally, the tooth is conical, with no notable serrations. This led me to begin wondering if it was possibly a fake?? I have heard of people planting fake meg teeth along beach shores but never out in the middle of nowhere. The tooth is hard, and I’ve tried a scratch test to see if there was any paint or epoxy and it doesn’t seem to have any. So what do you guys think? Any help is appreciated!
  11. Hello everyone, First of all I must say that I’m new to buying fossils and that I know nothing about Ammonites. Recently I saw this Ammonite laying around in a small home decor shop. I immediately loved it, so I decided to purchase it. However, I’ve got a suspicion that this one is fake (or at least heavily sculpted), for the following reasons: 1. It was quite cheap. The certified ones I’ve seen on the internet (same size, same price) are much less detailed than this one. 2. It has ‘flaking’ layers and some cracks (see close up pictures) 3. It just looks a little bit too perfect compared with the ones I’ve seen on the internet. I wouldn’t really mind if it were fake, because it just looks really cool. But I’m really curious what you people think. Is this real, fake or sculpted? Thank you!
  12. 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
  13. Morocco crocodile????

    This is a “pterosaurs” jaw I got as a gift a little bit ago. It was sold as a pterosaurs jaw with composite teeth the species is Siroccopteryx But Am almost 100% sure that it is wrongly identified it looks like a crocodile jaw maybe. So if someone can help me identify the jaw that would be amazing. It was found in the kem kem beds and is 2.3 inches long
  14. Morocco crocodile????

    This is a “pterosaurs” jaw I got as a gift a little bit ago. It was sold as a pterosaurs jaw with composite teeth the species is Siroccopteryx But Am almost 100% sure that it is wrongly identified it looks like a crocodile jaw maybe. So if someone can help me identify the jaw that would be amazing.
  15. 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!
  16. Hi everybody, I have been looking everywhere for a decent keichousaurus fossil for the past few months, but everything on that popular bidding site seems low quality. I came across this one and was wondering if it is legit. Thank you in advance!
  17. Manchurochelys liaoxiensis from Liaoning province. These turtles have shown up in the forum before, some with the conclusion they are real, some not. Here is an incredible display of turtles with fish! However, I am highly skeptical despite coming from a reputable source. They seem to have a halo of color all the way around them. On extreme angles there are some parts where the shell is not attached to the matrix. Even the fish are "on" the matrix, not in it. It is not resin, as I have exposed many parts to a soldering iron. The crack on that back seems to run under, not through, the turtles but is visible on the front where the turtles are not. It even runs under, not through, a limb. To me, a best case scenario is that these "real" fossils were placed onto a stone slab, but that seems like a lot of unnecessary work. If the turtles are casts that are put onto the matrix, is there an easy way to tell? Would x-ray be useful as the turtle and the matrix are likely different densities if the turtles were added on? And can anyone recognize the fish? If they are millions of years apart, that might answer the question. but where are the heads of the fish? Llastly, for a fascinating read on fakes, check this out: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265208436_Fossil_fakes_and_their_recognition This is not the site of a seller, so it should not break the rules of this forum...if I am not mistaken. Thanks for your thoughts!
  18. Hi everyone. This recently came in the mail. I’m almost positive that it’s real as I bought it from a reputable dealer, but just wanted to make sure. What does everyone think?
  19. Hello all, I started collecting fossils as a hobby a few years ago, trusting sources without question. I recently bought my first expensive fossil (Keichousaurus) online. I know they are often faked (or at least heavily restored) so I want to confirm that mine is legitimate. I did a scrape test which revealed more bone so that was good. However, I did an acetone test on a couple of the bones and the bones faded a little bit and the q tip I used picked up some dark grey/black. I also tried it on the matrix in three places which pulled up even more black on the q tip (more than the fossil had done). I was wondering if this is normal or not. Can you please help me determine if my Kiechousaurus is genuine? The picture shows one arm untouched (the top of the picture) which you can see is a bit darker than the bottom arm which has been swiped with acetone. Thanks for your help!
  20. Hi there! I would like to know if this megalodon tooth is real or fake. My son says it's real due to all the damage on it, but I'm not so sure. The Seller says it's 5 and a half inches long and say the bought it at an estate sale in Texas. Thanks!
  21. Hi guys, Could anyone Tell me if this Fossil Is real? I bought in México, it Is supposed to be from the State of Coahuila, it Is over 600 mm. The specimen was kept in an old man garaje not for sale, i saw it and i bought it from him.... He had another one from different genus that definetly was real from the same location but it was in a very bad condition, so i only buy this one. Thanks for any help!!
  22. I am pretty sure that this is a fake but mind if I get some opinions? Thanks! Here’s some pictures. https://imgur.com/gallery/GipDlU3 https://imgur.com/gallery/Ua7bFVV https://imgur.com/gallery/6X5VBVH
  23. Hello can anyone help does this tooth look like its had any kind of restoration or polishing or does it look fake? im not a expert but as it will cost me a good chunk i just want some help as i know alot of you know alot more then me any help is much appreciated the tooth is 4"1/2 .
  24. 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
  25. 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
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