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  1. So after the oreodont fun, I’ve be checking my entire collection and the university collection. This is a known Mosasaur fake I got for 10$ and often use as a doorstop in my office. looks like I have some Chiplodocus and Chunkasaurus reckt instead of the usual camel and goat. Note the blue green fluorescence is dust from the synthetic carpet.
  2. Hi everyone! I saw these few mosasaur teeth online for pretty cheap and I'm wondering if they are real?
  3. Hi I bought this a few years ago when i was much less experienced. I always knew that this was most likely fake, but I just wanted to make sure. Thanks!
  4. I have been traveling to Mexico City for decades and have brought back some pretty incredible stuff. I met a kid who sold me some fossils over the last year or two. There was a stingray, a seahorse, and some other interesting stuff. Then a couple of weeks ago he sold me this. I attached the picture of my friend holding it for scale. He told me it was a juvenile Trex. I was skeptical. "How do I know it is real?" I asked. He replied "Because you can't light it on fire. It isn't paste". Not only do I doubt this is real but I now question all the others I have bought in the past. Can anyone tell me how I can be certain this is a fake? I appreciate everyone's time. And thanks for putting up with a newby. Rick
  5. Brittle star real or forgery?

    Hello! This is an apparent “fossil” brittle star, looking much like those that come from the Ordovician of Morocco. However, these particular fossils are very often faked, and I have a strong gut feeling that this particular one has been carved into the matrix. What does everyone else think? For whatever reason that I can’t quantify this piece *looks* like a fake to me, especially due to the fact that it has a very distinctive obvious outline from an air tool, which often is a sign of carving, though that I’ve also often seen that done with genuine Knightia and such. There are a few things that may help indicate that it’s genuine, however, notably that fine details that would be difficult/too labor intensive to carve like “ribbing” on the arms and a “star” (like that on a sand dollar) in the middle of the body are visible. I’ve also already run a cotton swab with acetone over the body, which has not removed any color, so that may help rule out painting. But yes, my gut says it’s a carved forgery (or I guess to be nice you could say “replica”), interested in what everyone else thinks because I’m not 100% sure. Thanks!
  6. Hi. I'm looking to buy a Keichousaurus as a present for a collector. I've seen some other threads, but I'm no expert, and so I thought I'd ask here about the specimen I'm interested in. As a complete novice, this looks "too good to be true" to me, in particular for the price that it's offered. But other threads had similarly looking specimen that were considered genuine. Thanks for the help! A.
  7. Hi I've found a keichousaurus specimen that looks pretty good, just wanna check here if it's actually authentic!
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Bought from a fossil website. Considerably new to fossil hunting/collecting. Please help me out:)
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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 !!!
  16. Bought this awhile ago can someone tell me if it’s real or not and what possible shark it came from?
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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)
  22. 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)
  23. 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?
  24. 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!
  25. 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.
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