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Found 13 results

  1. Hello, I found this trilobite on a estate sale and since I’m new to fossils I was wondering if anybody here could help me out and shed some light on it, is it a Cambropallas? And most importantly I was wonderingif it was real or fake The matrix seems weird... What do you all think?
  2. Hello fossil friends! While looking for some unique species to add to my collection, I came across this Cambropallas and was wondering if it looked mostly genuine or heavily restored? I know near complete specimens are hard to come by, but this seller says the trilobite was a part of their personal collection at one point and they took pride in it. Thank you
  3. I recently had the opportunity to obtain three specimens of the famous trilobite Cambropallas at a very low price. I've always wanted one of these; preferably a real one, although the fake/restored ones also interested me, if I could find one for the right price. So this was too good an opportunity to miss. Before I say anything else, I should say that I am a long way from being a trilobite expert. I only have half a dozen cheap examples in my collection, although I am interested in Moroccan fossils in general, and the repair/restoration/forgery that you often find in fossils from this country. I'll look at each of the three specimens in turn. If anybody has anything to add, or anything they wish to correct me upon, then please do! I apologise for any incorrect terminology or flat-out wrong information I may inadvertently give. Specimen A Matrix: 27cm This trilobite was complete and undamaged. At first glance, I thought the whole thing might be a cast, because it had an unreal orange hue. The photo below was taken after I had already rinsed a section near the head under the tap, to test my hypothesis that this was some form of pigment. It was, and it revealed the black surface seen towards the top. I decided to soak the whole block, and gently brush it with a toothbrush to remove all of the pigment, which came off easily. This was the result. Far from being faked, it appears to be approximately 65% original. Clearly, much of the right-hand side and the head shield was lost, presumably in a bad split. The missing pieces are constructed from an unknown substance, perhaps some kind of modelling clay (which is how I will refer to it for the sake of argument) or soft resin. It is soft when wet and can be cut away from the fossil with a sharp knife. I was interested to see that even those parts of the trilobite that are present are still covered in the modelling clay, presumably to smooth them out and improve the overall appearance - even though, in fact, it completely obscures all of the original detail. I don't doubt that virtually all of the left side of the thorax is present beneath the clay. I believe that this part of the trilobite is probably authentic: However, it may not be quite as simple as that, as the next specimen shows.
  4. Hello everyone, I'm an Italian amateur collector with a small but nice collection of fossils and minerals that I started when I was 5yo in 1995. Then at 15yo I put apart my passion until few days ago when, using my 3D printer, I made some nice modular drawer to reorder in my collection of +-1000 pieces. I will finish the project in the next weeks and I will share it with you, as it can be of inspiration for your collection as well. Doing this hard work, I looked with a more mature point of view some big fossils that my parents and friends (not experts!) gave me as present many years ago. I already noticed that some are painted or assembled, but I would like to hear your opinion about them. #1 Let's start with a good one. This was a present from my mom, so I know she spent not few moneys to buy this fossil fish. I think that it 99% real. My only concern is the right side/section of the matrix that has a change in color (you can see it in the video). Maybe just a not-too-bad restoration... I drew circles around fishes with the pencil when I was a child... I should delete them! #2 Now a bad one... In this example I noticed that maybe the fish body is real (but low quality), it is mounted on a new matrix, and fins are painted... Am I right? #3 Another bad one... This ammonoidea seems painted. The matrix has some fossil shells, it is cracked and repaired (you can see the crack in the video, back side). I'm wondering if it is totally fake/sculpted or only painted. What do you think? #4 The last assembled fossil fish. This one is funny! Sedimentary layers are not parallel with the fossil... Overall I think that the body is real but bad preserved and with some painting. What do you think? #5 This was one of the first fossils of my collection. I personally bought it in Morocco in 1995. I think that this is a real one, joint is perfect. Agree with me? #6 Finally, the last piece: a cambropallas trilobite. About this one, I know that it was bought in a good shop and I think it is not too bad. I'm not sure about the matrix (see the back side), but the main body seems real. It, of course, has some restorations. I'm looking to hear from you. Final thoughts... I'm considering giving away false ones, in particular #2, #3 and #4. But it is also nice to have them to show how fossils are faked/retouched - I think they're part of the amateur paleontology history. I hope you appreciate the photos/videos I took to show some of my fossils. Thanks in advance and best regards!
  5. Hi all Wondering if this Cambropallas andalusiana is real, it looks good to me. Description says: Location: Sahara Desert, Morocco Age: Cambrian 525 million years old Specimen is 190x150mm. Trilobite is 98x80mm "There is no visible restoration on the face of this specimen."
  6. true or false?

    in German: Write-protected,so no outtakes! Acanthopyge,Selenopeltis,Acadoparadoxides,Cambropallas St. Petersburg trilobites seem to be subject to this blight as well Nice example: Dysplanus glued to an earlier Aseri-stage matrix!.Why?That matrix looked better,thus enabling the dealer to up the price! other: Paralejurus without terrace lines Tutorial_zum_ErkeTrilfakehungen.pdf
  7. I went with a few friends to browse around a antique mall today, and i came across some cool pieces. I think i got a pretty good deal on some nice fossils. But i really do not buy fossils enough to know if a price is really good or not. I'd like to hear your opinion. The first one that caught my eye was a 7" Cambropallas pos/neg from Morocco. Now i know these are notorious for being faked, so i examined it as best as i could. It definitely is real, but has some repair. The negative side has the most repair. But i thought the $75 was worth a talk. So we talked and i got 10% knocked off. $68 sold!!! Next i spotted some nice Argentine pine cone fossils. I know they don't export them anymore, so the prices have rocketed to outrageous amounts. All of the pine cones were listed from $9-15. I picked out three nice pieces. (BUT i left about a dozen there. So if anyone has interest in get a few I'll go back and grab em'. I just ask you pay for the cost of item plus shipping. PM me.) Sure they're not complete, but they look good. Did i do good? more pics.......
  8. I was perusing our favorite auction site and saw two specimens of purported Cambropallas that look exceedingly different than the usual squished-in-a-shale-nodule sort of bugs that traditionally are found for sale (and faked with reckless abandon). These look more like a Cambrian form of the Moroccan Devonian bugs - preserved in limestone in inflated, 3-dimensional form, complete with axial spines toward the rear. If you search for: "Cambropallas sp. telesto Flying Free" you will see more pictures of these highly suspicious items than the ones I attached. I am deeply suspicious of these, although the particular vendor has not posted anything that I could point to being an outright fabrication before. Thoughts? ---Prem
  9. From the album Cambropallas telesto

    Positive impression of Cambropallas telesto from Morocco. There is a US quarter for size reference.

    © &copy Prem Subrahmanyam, 2016, All Rights Reserved.

  10. From the album Cambropallas telesto

    Negative impression of Cambropallas telesto from Morocco. There is a US quarter for size reference.

    © &copy Prem Subrahmanyam, 2016, All Rights Reserved.

  11. Hi all, as we know, Cambropallas trilobites are one of the most highly faked of all trilobites. Still, I am keen to get a real pair. I notice more positive+negatives popping up in the market, sometimes for 150 USD or less. How safe are these type? Have fakers found a new method to create pairs now? What do you think of these two in particular?
  12. Cambropallas telesto

    From the album Morocco

    Please DO NOT... 1) Repost this without my permission 2) Claim this as your own 3) Post it elsewhere without stating permission situation If you are planning to change this image in any way, please contact me before you do so. This image has been copyrighted. ------------------------------------------------------------------- This Cambropallas has no restoration done to it. It measures 22 cm in length. Original location is unclear, but it is from the Cambrian of Morocco.

    © ©2012 ~quicksilver123

  13. I 've got questions about these trilobite species. Basically, when I search for Cambropallas, I also get search results of Andalusiana. Sometimes the results even show Cambropallas (Andalusiana). The same occurs for Metacanthina and Hollardops, where results of Hollardops (Metacanthina) occurs. Are Metacanthina and Hollardops the same family of trilobites? Which is the scientific name? Are Andalusiana and Cambropallas the same family too? Which is the scientific name? Thanks!
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