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  1. They are both about .5” and look real just want a second opinion. Thank you
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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?
  9. 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!
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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?
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. Hi, I'm concerned that these four trilobites may be fakes. I bought them a long time ago by a guy, who claimed they were genuine. Some of them, especially the Psychopyge, almost looks too good to be real. But I wanna know what other people think. Thanks.
  16. I recently purchased this 3.5 inch spinosaurus tooth online, but have some concerns it may be painted. I was told by the previous owner that when checked under microscope, it appeared to have some glue in the cracks, possibly just to keep them from spreading but did not appear to have any full break repairs. However to me, the colour looks too consistent, and the colour leaks into the center on top as though painted. Thoughts?
  17. I'm a newbie to the world of fossils and bought this Selenopeltis sp Ordovician from a reputable dealer who provided COA; it looks so good to my untrained eye that I am suspicious of its authenticity. Said to be from Efroud, Morocco. Approx 13 x 11 x 1 inch. Thanks
  18. found this on "the auction site"
  19. Hello. Good morning to all of my favorite forum! Last week, I was rummaging through our favorite auction site, it was then that I came across so many absurdities that I felt obliged to make an alert here for the most inexperienced collectors who end up paying rivers of money when they think they have found a rare specimen! ========================================== Specimen Nº 01 I'm going to start with this first specimen, which was originally supposed to be in poor condition, so what they did was make a series of scratches in a completely failed attempt to make the specimen more "attractive". And the seller is bold! He announces using the word "natural"! ========================================== Specimens Nº 02 These types of Ammonites here I call Ammonites HP Lovecraft because they are polished (destroying the original and scientific shell here is nothing left) and then the tentacles are completely carved in the purest Cthulhu style of the Master HP Lovecraft: Is it just me who see the resin made with stone dust here, used to glue the carved tentacles? So in this case, even the base "matrix" is not authentic, but yes, it is also made with resin and stone powder! Here the sellers are moderate, in the ad title, they use the word "Healing", but the funny thing is that before I saw all this, I was grumpy, but after seeing all this, I ended up laughing, so maybe really have some "Healing" power! ========================================== Specimen Nº 03 This is my favorite and it was already a topic of debate here at TFF! Looks like Nasa found her and brought her straight from Planet Mars! Does not appear? I believe they originally tried to sculpt tentacles in this specimen, but the glue could not hold the tentacles, or even, maybe the carved tentacles broke, I do not know, but the fact is that she became hideously beautiful bizarre! But still, it remains a specimen with the shell destroyed by polishing and sculpted! I wonder and have ideas if this specimen were black... ========================================== Specimen Nº 04 And to finalize this post with a golden key, I would finally like to introduce you to this specimen, which I call Ammonite Rainbow ... Perhaps the shell is completely natural, but the fact is that the tentacles, I'm sure they are not natural and were carved! ========================================== I do not know if these Ammonites are being adulterated in Madagascar which is exactly where they all come from, or if the adulteration is in China, which, by the way, imports thousands of tons of them annually from Madagascar. But here I register my appeal to those who are starting to collect fossils now, let them not be deceived with bizarre specimens at tempting prices without first seeking some scientific knowledge on the subject. Of course these Ammonites have great value, but merely artistic value, a beautiful decorative object, but never scientific!
  20. Dilpocaulus bones

    Good afternoon! I saw these bones on “our favorite auction site” identified as diplocaulus. The bones are from The Wellington Garber complex FM in Oklahoma. Please advise!
  21. Hey guys is this real? Seller does not give certain locality, only says that it is from China.
  22. Morning everyone, was wondering if this Keich looks real. Seller claims it’s from guizhou xingyi Triassic deposits. It is 18cm by 9cm
  23. Hi, just wondered from the photos if this eggs looks real or not? would love to own a real dinosaur egg but don’t want to waste my money buying a fake one . Noticed you can see on one of the photos two small pin hole sized holes next to each other? thanks
  24. Hey guys, a while back I posted some photos of the Keich I impulse bought and many of you suggested taking photos with a jewelers loupe. So I’ve finally gotten around to it! Here’s the pictures.
  25. Pachycephalosaurus dome?

    Ive almost never seen a pachy dome that has a fold/sharp edge along the top. I found a single picture that was still from the side, but really looked like it was an edged one. Ive asked for more pictures of other angles, but am still waiting to hear back/get any.
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