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Found 13 results

  1. 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
  2. hello, new here. i already purchased a legit specimen from reputable dealer but looking to add some more, because why not pretty sure these two are too good to be true but would like your guys opinion. this one concerns me because soo many of them in small space, the ones that are presented with ventral view seem to have head detail that is normally seen with dorsal presentations if that makes sense?
  3. I'm sure these must have been posted in the past, but I couldn't find them in a basic search. They are truly horrible forgeries, of such poor quality that, to be frank, you'd need to be an imbecile to assume they were genuine. However, given that the world isn't short of complete idiots, I post them here for posterity. The seller actually tells us about his prep methods (hydrochloric acid), and each of these has many bids, exceeding $100 each at the time of writing. How many of these bids are from real people - if any - I don't know.
  4. Hi, I recently purchased some fossil titanothere teeth on eBay. I don't think the seller had ever sold or shipped a fossil before, when it arrived and I picked up the box it became immediately clear that it hadn't been packed well. When I opened it my worst fears were immediately confirmed. Lying there in a single piece of bubble wrap was my fossil in pieces . I'm hoping to repair it and I was thinking of using some plaster and paint certain parts black to repair it but people here are much more experienced than me and usually have better ideas then I do. Here are some photos:
  5. 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
  6. On our favorite auction site, a well-known seller has been selling a Claudiosaurus at US $13,950 for the past few months. This is most certainly an authentic specimen, with a price well beyond the usual collector. I logged on to eBay minutes ago, and was surprised to see a second Claudiosaurus up... on 0.99 bid with no reserve. Sounds too good to be true? Here's what it looks like: The copycat seller even had it down to the missing limb and ribs! A quick check on the 2nd seller's listings reveals multiple high-end specimens sold at impossibly good prices. As usual, buyer beware - especially when you are getting a rare specimen from China. If the price is too good to be true, chances are it probably isn't. When in doubt, ask us, and always ALWAYS check the seller's previous listings to get an idea of his usual stock.
  7. So, I'm new to this fossil forum as a user but I have looked around on here a lot for help with IDing fossils. I have been browsing online looking for a nice unrepaired megalodon shark tooth that is over the 6" range. I came across this one here, it seems to be very affordable and the seller claims that it is unrepaired, but to me the root of the tooth looks very fishy, I'd like some people's opinions before I decide on making the purchase or not.
  8. While I was browsing for some fossils on eBay, this one caught my eye. The seller described it as a "fossilized human finger". Probably not a finger, is it a concretion? Hopefully, nobody gets tricked into buying it, skin is rarely ever fossilized. Otherwise, it'd be bone.
  9. Hello all, as some of us may have noticed while skulking Ebay, there has been a trend with many "specimens" of certain Chinese vertebrates being listed and sold: Turtles(Manchurochelys), Birds(Confuciusornis) and even Reptiles(Monjorosuchus). Firstly, most of us here will agree that all of these specimens are faked! Since there was a recent thread asking about the authenticity about the turtles, it is clear that many amateur collectors(myself included) are considering buying or have bought some of these "fossils" and I hope my observations in this post can help prevent you from being scammed. Last year, before Ebay was flooded, I acquired two specimens(a turtle and reptile) against my better judgement from a different Japanese auction site. One of the pieces arrived broken cleanly in two, and I was able to tell that the reptile and the turtle(by association with the same dealer) are faked. To the untrained/unfamiliar eye however, it becomes hard to distinguish as these fakes are crafted with a level of detail rarely seen before. These are not churned out from an assembly-line, but rather painstakingly hand-crafted so that every piece is more or less unique. They are usually painted grey or in some cases a shade of brown like mine. Some of these specimens are even fabricated on the same Jurassic/Cretaceous matrix with remains of real Lycoptera fish. Also, as you can see from the following photos of the broken areas, the reptile in question is sculpted from some kind of epoxy material. One of the limb bones even fell off cleanly! The details of this specimen has some resemblance to real examples of Monjorosuchus(Manchurosuchus). Not everyone will be able to tell the difference! Thanks to the advice of Scott(Piranha) on TFF, I stopped myself from acquiring a "Confuciusornis" as well and was able to claim back my money from postal insurance. I will say with 100% certainty that all these vertebrate fossils are crafted by the same process as the "Monjorosuchus" above. Edit: Here are a couple more pictures of the faked Confuciusornis, the skull looks completely iffy but everything else is very intricately crafted! More pictures of the bird here. A few last observations, I noticed that these listings on Ebay started popping up last year. At first, it was just a few turtles, but have now expanded to this so-called "Trinity" of vertebrates. It is clear that there is big money being made from this and amateur collectors need to know what is going on. There are multiple sellers taking advantage of this new cash cow(or belonging to the same syndicate) who build up their Ebay rating by selling small cheap electronics/hardware before listing these fakes in an attempt to fool you. Also bear in mind these are all private listings and it is not possible to tell if they are shill bidding on each other's items to drive prices up. Ebay used to have people moderating their fossils section for fakes, but this is not the case anymore and I doubt reporting these listings will have much impact. I urge you all to consult TFF members for advice before making any purchase if you are uncertain! I have included more photos at higher resolution at the following imgur album(warning:large size): http://imgur.com/a/076uT. I hope that any prospective buyers out there will learn from my experience. Also, if there is anyone here with more experience with these kinds of vertebrates, please share your thoughts!
  10. Hey guys! If you have bids on hadrosaur eggs currently being sold on Ebay STRONGLY RECONSIDER your purchase... There are several of them being auctioned right now from two different sellers. I bought one and received it on Monday. I was pretty suspicious from the get go, but my curiosity got the better of me. It came from Malaysia (red flag), was packaged well, and came quickly. It looked nice, but a little sketchy. Texture wasn't great. Already I decided I wanted to return it...but I also needed to know if it was really a hoax. That's when I decided to take a knife and scrape away the matrix from the egg for a few hours (I don't have any prep tools). Eventually my knife plunged through a hole. Within the hole I could see there was a small space between the base of the egg and matrix. At this point I decided, what the heck, and grabbed a nail and a hammer. I hammered away until eventually the matrix came off in chunks. One chunk came away with a piece of egg shell. Under the egg shell there were large amounts of glue. It was quite obvious at this point that this was just a piece of junk... With that said, don't make my mistake. I'm sure most people on here are wiser than I am, but the eggs looked reasonable, and the guy offered a full return. Maybe if I hadn't hammered at it I could have gotten my money back, but I had to know. At least I may save other people from getting scammed . Kind regards, Lauren
  11. Hello I see a lot of this fossils on ebay and some with good prices , are they real or not ? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rare-BIG-Chinese-Best-Triassic-Keichousaurus-Real-Turtle-Fossil-FREE-SHIPPING-/321348971186?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ad1e42ab2 Thanks for your time.
  12. Okay. So today I decided to expand my trilobite collection to all kinds of countries. North America, check. Africa, check. Asia, no. Now, I must find an Asian trilobite! So one of the trilobite species I know about is Ductina vietnamica. eBay seemed like a good place so I search it. I find Ductina vietnamica for only $12! These trilobites are found in China and I have had a bad experience with Chinese fossils (as a kid, I found one of my Chinese fish fossils to be a fake!) Due to my experience, I immediately start doubting if this is real. It's only $12! Here are some pictures of the eBay listings and you can see the prices. Any suggestions on whether it's the real deal?
  13. http://www.ebay.com....9#ht_500wt_1156 As some of you might know, I have been on the hunt for various Cretaceous marine predators, one of which is a marine crocodile. i came across this Elosuchus tooth in Ebay and snatched it up quickly, as I 've never seen an Elosuchus tooth being up for sale before. I would appreciate it if any experts could look at it and judge if it's a genuine Elosuchus tooth. Thanks!