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  1. Hi all! I'm very new to fossil collecting, (I haven't even got my first fossil yet!) and I'm hoping to learn more about fakes so I can make an informed decision by myself. What are some good rules of thumb you experts go by? Thanks!
  2. Hi I'll pre-face this by saying that I collect fairly cheap fossils as a little hobby and am very far from an expert! So I bought a fairly inexpensive moroccan cornuproetus cornutus trilobite fossil which has just arrived today. I opened it and immediately was was taken aback by how clean the fossil looks compared with any other trilobite fossils I own (although most of these I have picked up from market stalls for cheap or found myself). I'd expect to see little dints, fade, discolourations etc. but the whole thing just looks a little too good to be true to my admittingly untrained eye. Pics here; When looking closely as edges, it kinda looks like it's been painted at points. Almost jade black colour. Underside Description on the site was Cornuproetus cornutus Mid Devonian, Eifelian Jbel Issoumour, Near Alnif, Morocco So is it real? Has it been painted? Or is this just a very nicely detailed model?! Thoughts much appreciated Thanks Thomas
  3. Hey, I was wondering if these were real or fake, they look off to me but I’m not by any means an expert, so I’d love some help! TIA
  4. Bought from a fossil website. Considerably new to fossil hunting/collecting. Please help me out:)
  5. Crabs?

    Hey, I was wondering what you guys thought of these crabs they’re listed on fb and I don’t really want them because they’re pricey but I want to warn people if they’re fake and to me they look carved! TIA!
  6. Hey everyone, At first: my apologies that this is the only picture I have. I am looking into buying this lot of minerals and fossils which include the fossils on the attached picture. The scorpions and the centipede however do look very fake to me. Can anyone confirm these to be fake? And what about the trilobites? Thank you all for your time and help.
  7. Hello I am trying to figure out if this specimen is real or if parts of it are composites. I do know that a protective coating has been put on to protect it, and that it had to be glued together once, but I am not sure if the digits on the hands are real or if the ribs are real. Thanks!
  8. Hello, I have brought this two trilobites on a online store last month but don’t know it’s real or not, can you help me ? Thanks !!!
  9. Bought this awhile ago can someone tell me if it’s real or not and what possible shark it came from?
  10. Hi everyone! i found this psittacosaurus skeleton on an auction site. At first glance I noticed that something as off. It’s supposed to be from an old collection and the juvenile specimen is about 50 cm in length. These are my issues with it (would be great to hear your opinions about this). 1. The spine, neck and tail doesn’t look at all like vertebrae. 2. In the skull there’s some black mineral left in the eye socket and in the mouth. But it doesn’t match any mineral I’ve seen around these specimen before. 3. The mounting and position is just very off. 4. The ribs are clearly replacements. What’s your view on this? Is it worth buying and further restoring?
  11. Hello, could you help me what do you think about this Spinosaurus claw and bones? I´m thinking about buy it. I know, that is reconstructed, but I hope is not fake, or is it? Thank you very much for help.
  12. Hello guys . I need some help. I just bought some eggs (i think) they were not to expensive so i had to take the risk before someone else got them I will try to post them one at a time Thanks in advance
  13. Hello, and thanks to everyone who helped with my last trilobite that I had inquired about. I had a bad feeling about it from the start, so I wasn’t surprised that it turned out to be mostly fake. I have a few more trilobites here that I’ve acquired over the years that I was hoping to get some more opinions on, and if possible maybe get the species identified, as not all of them were identified when I bought them. I'll start with just this one for now (I was going to post more, but I seem to have reached some file limit and can't post any more photos in this thread). It is about six inches outstretched. I am certain that it is at least partially real, as there is some good eye detail, but there is also some very obvious restoration work on one of the eyes, which indicates that at least some portion of the fossil is not original, and I was wondering if anyone can say which parts of this trilobite are original fossil and which are not. Also, there is a split in the rock which divides the fossil in half at about the point where the cephalon meets the thorax (it looks further down from the bottom of the matrix, but from the top that’s where the crack is), so I suspect that this may be a composite. Thank you
  14. Hi everybody I found another seller who is wanting to sell this fossil - about 80 cm (Mosasaur vertebrae). Decent price, but maybe a bit to good to be true. Because I'm very new to the 'bigger specimens'-collecting (only bigger items from mostly quaternary/tertiary), I would like to get your opinions on it. Can ask for further detailed photos if needed. Kind Regards Max (Belgium)
  15. Hi everybody I found a seller who is wanting to sell this Mosasaur matrix-specimen. Initial photo's look ok, but I would like to get your opinions on it. Can ask for detailed photos if needed. This would be my first 'major' item that I would add to my humble collection, so naturally, I'm cautious. Kind Regards Max (Belgium)
  16. Saber-tooth Canine

    Need help with this sabertooth canine! Wanted to know if its ever been repaired or not(in its original state). The canine looks superb to the naked eyes, but under a magnifyer, I can see white residue in the crack or fractured area. The line of the crack or fractured area goes all the way around the canine. One would assume that its been fractured and glued back together, yet it could been molded to make replicas leaving some molds in the cracks. But I noticed that the serrations are not alligned. One side sits higher than the other of the fractured or cracked area. All together it weighs light, but its lighter on the root side. Please look at these photos and help me out with your experience, knowledge, and expertise! Can the canine have these cracked or fractured lines but was never broken or fixed?
  17. Hi. I was wondering if or how to tell if this Meg tooth is real? It almost sounds like obsidian when I tap it. I have held quite a few teeth, it does feel and sound authentic. The lady I got it from salid there is papers to authenticate it, but cant find it. Thank you!
  18. This rock is listed as "Ocadia messeliana" fossil turtle from Messel, but is obviously a septarian nodule (you can clearly recognise it by the patterns and by the fact that there isn't a shell). It is indeed at first glance very similar to a turtle, but is not.
  19. 3.6 inches. Some restoration on the tip.
  20. Hey guys, Recently my friend bought a trilobite and the seller told him it was a reedops, but I checked some pictures on the website and found that it should be a drotops? Both eyes showing good details but still quite doubt that this one is a fake trilobite cuz the seller just gave him a wrong information. I don't have any experience on how to recognize these kind of fossils. The last picture was send to him by the seller. Please help me T T Many thanks!!
  21. I bought this egg from years ago Do you think this egg from henan is genuine? I'm concerned about the texture that seems too glossy IF this egg is real May I know this egg ID? Thank you in advance for your help.
  22. Hi there i continue to maintain my very very amateur status but I've been trying to read the different threads on here regarding spinosaurus jaw and what I gathered so far is pitting is reflective of croc jaw and if it only has a single socket or also makes it difficult to determine if its spino or croc. I found this one on our favorite auction site and wanted to get your opinion
  23. I bought this YEARS ago and it has been sitting on a shelf ever since. Never took the time to verify it's authenticity, but from what I have seen on this site it definitely appears to be fake.
  24. Good afternoon. May I know the claw of fossil is real or not, please? Thank you.
  25. Hi everyone! New to the forum. I went to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum last summer and purchased this Trilobite in their giftshop. I just realized it may be a fake. Looking at it closer I think I may be correct... can someone please help me out to see if it is real or fake. I would really appreciate it. Being the Smithsonian I thought it would be real. I saw no information tags saying it was not real so Im not sure. Thanks!
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