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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Hey, there, a while ago my dad bought a trilobite (flexicalymene?) from a trip, I recently found it in my pond and I washed away the algae and dirt and stuff, however the fossil (if real) seems really fragile, it broke into numerous pieces while cleaning. I noticed that there are two color layers in the cross section of the trilobite, and some of the pieces seem like they are just carved out of a rock, no bone structure or anything to separate itself from the rock. The only detail that is convincing me that this might be a real is that there are numerous little shell structures beneath the trilobite (see pictures). So please help me identify the type of trilobite and most importantly if it is real. Thanks in advance. (sorry for bad english) Sorry for tiny images, the forum won't let me upload more than 3 MB
  5. Hello! First time posting here, my in-laws run an estate auction business in Idaho and they recently came upon this fossil. We're trying to figure out if it's real or fake. We were told it's from Morocco. It's about 70cm by 50 cm, somewhere around 25kg. Let me know if there's a better image to take. Any help is much appreciated! Jeff
  6. I am taking a risk that some unprincipled Forum member will try and snatch this purchase from me. However, I thought the educational benefit of my evaluation system would outweigh that possibility. This beauty is currently available for sale via an Internet auction site. It is labeled as a "Rare Synanceia verrucosa (sic) Stone Fossil Fish Skeleton" Here are the reasons I am poised to spring for the $49.95 (free shipping) price. It's RARE. The seller says so right there in the offer. That makes the price a bargain. I know it's really rare, 'cause I've never seen anything like it. The seller provides the SCIENTIFIC NAME. That alone proves that the seller is a well informed individual, probably a scientist themselves. The seller has a 99.6% positive rating!!! The geological age is given as "unknown." This is additional proof of the items authenticity. A fraudulent seller would simply provide a fiction for age. Look at the robust preservation of the bone! Even from a photo one can see it's exquisitely preserved. No cracks or breaks are visible. Obviously there is no repair. The prep looks wonderful. The bone has been expertly freed from the surrounding matrix with no obscuring matrix left in place. You will note that the bone is preserved in 3D proving that this is no "painted on" forgery. I could go on and on with my scientific evaluative techniques. However, this should be sufficiently instructive to inform Forum members of some simple reasoning tools to assure avoidance of acquiring spurious fossil material. No need to thank me, gotta run and get that bid in.....
  7. I'm shopping for a mammoth tooth online, where I have no way of assessing the seller. Is there some way to be sure I'm buying a 20,000 year old fossil instead of a 200 year old tooth from an elephant? To a nooby like me, they look a lot alike. The web has lots of commentary on mammoth vs mastodon, meridionalis vs woolly, upper vs lower, and the like--but I'm not finding any guidance on how to tell if the tooth is the real McCoy.
  8. Last night I was contacted by a person on Facebook (red flag #1) who claims to have 7 Claudiosaurus fossils from Madagascar that he wants to sell me. While I would love to have these, I am of course very skeptical of their authenticity. Several of them consist of both the positive and negative plate which is a plus. When I asked how much he wanted for them his reply was "make me an offer" (red flag #2). So, can anyone tell from these photos he sent if these are real or fake? Any suggestions how I should proceed with him? I think he is in Mauritius (red flag #3) He says they're around 30cm / 1ft. in size. -Brian
  9. 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.
  10. Hi there! I was just wondering if anyone has experience buying and selling dinosaur tooth fossils. I was looking to purchase my first dinosaur tooth as a gift. Many prices on sites can be extremely pricey, I was taking a look on ebay and the prices are relatively cheap for what I'm looking for. I was wondering how to tell whether or not these are authentic tooth fossils. If someone could give me their opinion on purchasing a tooth I would greatly appreciate it! Thanks!
  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 came across this absolutely bizarre looking skull on our favourite auction site. Most of the bones look pretty real. It looks nothing like the known Elasmosaur from Khouribda. Zarafasaura has a really short nose and gigantic jaw muscles. Besides the teeth this looks nothing like it. Most of the bone seems to be real and while there definitely seems to be some repair/construction. Most of the real bones seem to fit together. Some of the teeth are definitely plastered in. Though there seem to be some unerupted teeth that do actually belong to the jaws. The top of the snout also looks completely bizarre. What I think has happened here... Is that someone took a crocodile, mosasaur and elasmosaur and mashed them together. Look at the back of the skull. This looks like the back of a crocodile skull to me. I'm not sure where the jaws come from (maybe croc?) but the teeth are definitely those of a plesiosaur, probably Zarafasaura. The top of the snout had me confused for a few minutes but I think that this is actually the frontal and parietal of a mosasaur. Notice what looks like the parietal eye filled in with a chunk of bone in the middle top off the skull. So yeah I think this is an absolute abomination. Steer clear folks...
  14. As with this hideous pteranodon, I have begun to notice a recurring pattern with fake verts that alerts you to a faker. The main thing I see with fake verts like this is that their bones are seemingly fused together. It doesn't matter if it is horse, pteranodon, or turtles, the bones are seemingly just one big bone. Anyone else notice this recurring pattern?
  15. Hi all. On an auction site, I found these "crab fossils" for sale. Seller says they're from Guangdong. One person left a message saying the fossil was a fake, and that it was just a recently dead crab engaged in a mass of sand and resin. Not really sure on this one.
  16. 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.)
  17. 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.
  18. I bought this trilobite for 48 dollars and I was wondering if it is authentic.
  19. Here's a fossilized "Octupus", or, ahem, a trilobite. Is it real? What species is it? And if it is real, is there any restoration? Here's the link: I can't upload the pictures, they're too big. EDIT: Tell me if I need to remove the link. Thanks.
  20. I guess restoration is OK up to a point but are overly restored Heteromorphs common coming out Drôme? I've picked a couple up at what seems to be an average price for these examples in this condition. There's some resin between the ammos and matrix maybe as support. Do they often come out broken and are stuck back together? Certainly there is something going on as there is little room twixt ammo and matrix and ammos have been prepped there which looks far too clean to have been done on matrix. I've not yet had time to look for minute resin air bubbles on the fossils but the resin support doesn't look like it was hidden too well. I guess this could be intentional to show or a rubbish enhancement. One is soaking in water at the moment, acetone and UV lights are in my studio so can't do those tests tomorrow tho I might use Mrs B's nail polish remover to look for resin/colouring on the fossils. I'll get a hot needle out too. Rough images with not much info below, I'll take better pics later. Thanks John In an act of stupidity I think this should have been posted in the 'Is It Real' section so admins if you think I have please move. Edited for stupidity.....
  21. Hi, i have a question...This is a real trilobite or a fake one? Thanks very much!
  22. Ok before I get laughed off the forum, I have to state that I purchased this not knowing if it was real but loving it for the aesthetic factor. Been a long time beachcomber/shell collector and as a result have found some sea fossils over the years, like shark's teeth and fossil shells. I do not know anything about ammonites. I bought this at a store that specializes in home décor and often has a mish mash of imported items. I have seen real shells there as well as agate décor items. I basically love anything with a seashell or sea fossil on it, real or not! Began to look at rough fossil ammonites on line and really can't determine how to tell difference. I do not see any holes in this one produced by air bubbles, which was one thing to look for. I smelled it and I get a clay smell. Have done pottery with clay so I know the smell. It measures about 7" x 7" widest part and about 2 5/8" deep. Weighs 5 lbs 15.9 ounces. I know this came wrapped in plastic with an "India" stamp on plastic before they unwrapped to sell. So you ammonite experts have a go at it and tell me what you see! I love to learn!
  23. 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?
  24. Please help me to identify if my necklace is Amber . Thank you.
  25. I was perusing trilobites on e-bay and came across this gem: the seller makes no bones about the fact that it is a resin cast of a Phacops mortality plate. What is interesting is the level of detail of the cast, including individual lenses on the schizochroal eyes. Most of the websites discussing trilobite fakes indicate that if you see details like terrace lines and individual eye facets, there is a very good chance that it is not a fake (at least those parts of the trilobite). This cast changes those rules, it seems. In the close-up views, you can see bubbles from the setting resin (another tell-tale sign of a resin cast). So, in conclusion...be watchful...the level of detail in resin casts has just gone up a notch. ---Prem