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  1. Hi, I am new to fossil collecting. My main interest is Invertebrates & Fish Have seen some suppliers on online (UK). There are 2 big advertisers / shops that have some items that I am interested in. How do I know if the items being offered are genuine? If I am correct, I am not allowed to name them or post a link? Advice welcome Thanks
  2. Was just looking through online, and found this item. Now, to me at least, I cannot see if this is just a regular rock. There seems to be some sort of honey-cone (bone) structure in some places, but I just cannot see how this is a real deal psittacosaurus skull. Seems a little too good to be true. What are your opinions guys?
  3. Hello! I'm a pretty new collector, and I'm currently looking to purchase a Megalodon tooth for myself. They've been a dream of mine to have for a long time now, so I'm happy I might finally have a chance! I took a glance at a few websites, and found this. Is it real? Is it fake? (And, whichever it is how can you tell?)
  4. I've noticed that two popular websites seem to be selling the same fossil. Thoughts? Edit: I've edited the images to remove any identifiable information, but they are well-known sellers.
  5. I saw these beauties on a popular auction site a few days ago. They are described as authentic dinosaur eggs. Clearly, they are anything but, and they appear to be simple septarian nodules. Anybody interested in how to determine whether a dinosaur egg is fake or not should do a forum search, since the subject has been comprehensively covered. This first one, you'll be fascinated to know, actually shows the preserved embryo. They have a couple of hundred watchers, and are already at a remarkable price for ordinary rocks. I informed the seller that they were not dinosaur eggs, in the interest of giving them the benefit of the doubt. They thanked me, but a day later they are still online, so I know what I think about that.
  6. Hello, While on a trip through Yellowstone country with the family last summer we stopped at fossil/rock shop in West Yellowstone and my son became interested in fossils. Fast forward to today I happened upon several "fossils" for sale semi-locally but on-line. I think my son would love to have them for his birthday, but it would be a fair drive to check them out in person, so before doing that, or buying them on faith I was hoping perhaps someone from this forum could take a look at the pics and give me your assessment of the potential authenticity. Thank you in advance for sharing your knowledge and passion with me. I love people who love their hobbies, and enjoy sharing knowledge.
  7. I had purchased a lot of Madascar banded agates, and it looked too good to be true. So one was broken only to find a clear, banded pattern underneath about a millimeter thick colored outside. If one is like this, then I presume all is. I have spent alot of money purchasing these just to be fake? Please help me to be sure.
  8. Hello everyone I am Elsa from China and i live in Washington D.C. now. I bought a dinosaur eggs from one of my friend in China and it took me $1500, it's very very big and heavy, but i have never bought fossils before now. If you can help me to confirm the fossils in the pictures below are authentic i would be very thankful. And if they are real what kind of eggs are they?
  9. This guy wants to sell these eggs to me but I don’t know if they are real or not someone please help. And if they are real what kind of eggs are they?
  10. So this has cropped up on an auction site. My friend is tempted by it, however I believe it to just be a rock. It is claimed to be a Psittacosaur Skull. The seller claims that they acquired it off a 'geologist' however to me, it looks like an eroded rock, and lacks any characteristics of being a skull? I feel like it could potentially mislead uninformed newbies? Pictures aren't fantastic. I could be totally wrong of course, however can anyone else see if it is a skull or not?
  11. Look at these wonderful eggs. If I tell you that they are all man made, do you believe it?
  12. They are both about .5” and look real just want a second opinion. Thank you
  13. Hey guys I just got this and when I first looked at the photos I thought it was real. So I bought it but now that I see it in person seems doctored or fake maybe???? What do you guys think real or fake?
  14. There is a continuous discussion on whether eggs sold online from Malaysia sellers are real or fakes. There are some eggs which are clearly fakes and other which look real. I am not sure about the oviraptor eggs. I put some photos here from an egg that was recently auctioned. What do you think? Fake? Heavily restored? Real in a very good condition?
  15. Against better judgement, I acquired a "keishosaurus" fossil. I trust the dealer - but not necessarily their source. I'm attaching some photos - please let me know your opinion - do you think it's a real one, "restored/painted", or a complete/near complete fake. The chip in the left forearm looks concerning to me. Any insight is appreciated.
  16. 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!
  17. Take a look of this spectacular reptile fossil from Yunnan, China from the Triassic Period. Said to be all natural. I have never seen any fossil that is as well preserved as this one.
  18. Dear all, I'm a small collector from Geneva, I already have several fossils and I would like to acquire a Dino egg. I finally found one but I wanted to be sure that's a real one... Honestly, I'm not confident with all the fakes we find on the market... I have seen that your are experts in this domain and it would be very kind if you can help me to decide Thanks to all Cheers Franck
  19. My father was a geologist. I found this in his stuff. On the bottom it says “tyrannosaur Rex Tooth from the largest specimen ever found. University of Calif., Berkeley 1977. Is this real or fake?
  20. Purchased this one from an auction site for fairly cheap. I'm sure actual tooth is real but is the root matrix real as well especially if coming from Morocco? Thanks!
  21. Trilobite drotops Fake?

    Hi guys, Recently I purchased my first fossil and was wondering if it's a fake as it was listed on the auction site as coming from Morocco and was fairly preserved and cheap as compared to others. It's a 3.3" Drotops Megalomanicus and has a crack going through the cephalon and the matrix all the way. I don't see any reasons to believe it was glued to the matrix and eyes have details as shown. Don't see many scratches so it's probably painted Thanks!
  22. These labmade fossils could reveal how dinosaurs really looked.... or flood the market with even more fake fossils http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/08/these-labmade-fossils-could-reveal-how-dinosaurs-really-looked
  23. Hello all. I went to a show recently and purchased this piece of amber with an apparent spider inclusion for $78. I don't have all the materials to do testing, but the piece has no taste. Could anyone help me determine if this is legit by looking?
  24. Are the fossils that the Aurora museum sells authentic? I'm skeptical because their selling fully rooted mosasaur teeth for $6. Seems too good to be true
  25. New to buying fossils and need some help. My friends birthday is coming up and her favorite dinosaur is a spinosaurus so I bought her two teeth on ebay. The listing says they are authentic "rooted" spinosaurus teeth with no "restore". I have read online that sometimes people will attach cement to the bottom of the teeth and I'm wondering if that's what they did here. I have two weeks to return them so any help would be appreciated. Thanks for the support!
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