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  1. First up, the seller of this egg stated upfront this is a replica, so this isn't a scam warning. Here, we have an oviraptor egg that could fool even experienced collectors. It looks realistic because it's made out of real oviraptor eggshells. It's even covered with a coating of matrix. This is common practice; I've seen hadrosaur eggs are faked this way, with plaster mixed in to make the egg seem round and heavy. For reference, here's a real Oviraptor (Elongatoolithus sp.) that's been professionally prepped. Oviraptor eggs are commonly faked, so four ways to get a real one is: 1) Get a prepped one, preferably with matrix removed. The eggshell should be black 2) Avoid eggs that are perfect. Real eggs have cracks, and sometimes missing entire chunks of shells. 3) Get one without a matrix base. This isn't a sure-fire method, but I've noticed many fake oviraptor eggs have matrix bases, whereas I can't say the same of those free of matrix. Perhaps the fake eggs require a matrix base for support during their construction process. 4) Price. Again, this is arguable, but the real Oviraptor eggs I've seen often comes with price tag several times that of dubious ones. Having sent some eggs for prepping in the past, this is justified because the cost and time of prepping may cost more than the actual egg. Some scammers like to lure people in with bargain prices. Chinese eggs flood the market, and for many collectors, a dinosaur egg is a must-have. There are more fakes than there are real ones, so take extra care if you seek to buy one. As always, if you're unsure, post pictures here and we will try to help.
  2. I found this online for sale and I haven't seen anything like this. Does anyone know what type of dinosaur this is or if it is even real. It makes me suspicious what with all of the posts I've seen about fakes. It measures about 9 inches. The seller does say that the rock has been repaired.
  3. 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.
  4. This is my first time posting on this site. I have the opportunity to purchase a potential Dromaeosaur type dinosaur fossil from the Yixian Formation of China. I know there are laws about exporting these types of fossils but the dealer assures me it has been in his possession for a long time. Also, I am willing to take the risk to own an incredible piece of history like this. However, I am not sure if the fossil is real. Based on what I have seen and read the fossil looks like the real deal but would like some other people's advice about it. It is described as a Dromaeosaur type dinosaur which is what the skeleton looks like but would like anyone else's opinion on whether it is authentic or not. Thanks for you help! -Ryan
  5. I picked this up for a few quid in a Spanish market from a Moroccan dealer, who usually sells good stuff, but I'm fairly certain it's a fake, it was too cheap, the colour's not quite right and i would say some of it has been carved and painted. It has a couple of bits of real Cambrian trilobite on the back and seems to have a bit of a Flexicalymene or the like glued on top to provide authenticity. What do you guys think?
  6. true or false?

    in German: Write-protected,so no outtakes! Acanthopyge,Selenopeltis,Acadoparadoxides,Cambropallas St. Petersburg trilobites seem to be subject to this blight as well Nice example: Dysplanus glued to an earlier Aseri-stage matrix!.Why?That matrix looked better,thus enabling the dealer to up the price! other: Paralejurus without terrace lines Tutorial_zum_ErkeTrilfakehungen.pdf
  7. Hello, as my first post I like to hear your opinions about my purchase of theese 3 hadrosaur egg. Thanks. I don`t have better Pictures at the moment but they will be delivered soon.
  8. Hi guys! We just got some new Keichousaurs, but I'm afraid some of them may be fake. Their just to perfect, and what are the odds that they all died in roughly the same position? Any help would be much appreciated!
  9. Keichousaur questions crop up with regularity in this section of the forum. Perhaps those in the know could highlight the good, bad and ugly, pitfalls, legalities and what to look for when buying these gorgeous creatures. Maybe make a sticky thread if it warrants it? Just a thought.
  10. 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
  11. Ooh, look at this Keichousaurus, perfect legs, beautiful skull, straight tail... THIS IS MINE! Muhaha... PS. Just kidding..... This is so fake, it's funny!
  12. what is jade ammonite? im hesiting if buying one,but i do not want a fake fossile. also,haw can i tell if it real only by the pic online?
  13. This elrathria kingii was bought last winter in Okinawa. This is a pretty weird case because when I flipped it over, there seemed to be some weird markings. Furthermore, the trilobite did not seem to be casted from the outside, there is some cracking and no air bubbles visible. Also, there were quite a few for sale, and none looked the same. Plus, this species is so common, there shouldn't be any economic value in faking it. Any help is appreciated. See what I mean?
  14. 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
  15. As the title says.. Just saw this for 400 on our favorite auction site as 100% authentic. One can clearly see its plaster and you can see the work marks..
  16. There are a lot of Asaphus kowalewskiis on a particular auction site, that range in price from 100-300 dollars. Are these legitimate? They all come from Russia, Finland, Estonia, and that region. I know there's always some restoration to the shell, but are they ever faked outright? Example attached
  17. We've all laughed before at the nodules/concretions sold as eggs on popular auction sites, either by the ignorant or deceitful. However, most of the things I've seen advertised previously have been at least moderately egg-shaped. Not so with these stunning examples, which tend more towards being rock-shaped. I can only imagine how valuable these ordinary rocks - the exceptional colour and beauty of which are plain to see - were to the native Americans. I think it is a reasonable conjecture that they kept their favourite ordinary rocks in some sort of display cabinet, or possibly locked away in some kind of safe, to negate the risk of theft. I can now only marvel that these beautiful ordinary rocks have survived intact, and were not made into grinding stones, carved into bows and arrows, thrown at buffalo, or used to prop up tables on uneven surfaces.
  18. Hey all, I came across this thing and wanted Your opinions on whether it is a fake or real fossil. Please let Me know what You think. Thanks, Ynot
  19. Hello community. I would like to buy a Keichousaurus for a long time and I have now discovered an interesting offer. Unfortunately, I do not know if it is a fake, or whether it is a real fossil. Can you look at the pictures and give your opinion. That would really help me. Many Thanks
  20. These are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at joegallo1954@gmail.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since July 6, 2017. Fossil Fakes and Composites Aguirre, J. (2004). Plagiarism in Paleontology: A New Threat Within the Scientific Community. Revista EspaƱola de Micropaleontologia, 36(2). Balter, M. (2013). Authenticity of China's Fabulous Fossils Gets New Scrutiny. Science, Vol.340. Bednarik, R.G. (2013). African Eve: Hoax or Hypothesis? Advances in Anthropology, Vol.3, Number 4. Branch, G. and E.C. Scott (2013). Peking, Piltdown and Paluxy: creationist legends about paleoanthropology. Evolution: Education and Outreach, 6: 27. Corbacho, J. and C. Sendino. Fossil fakes and their recognition. Corbacho, J., C. Sendino., and M'H.Tahiri (2011). Palaeontological Fakes. Batalleria, 16. (Thanks to xonenine for finding this one!) Dawson, C. and A.S. Woodward (1913). On the Discovery of a Paleolithic Human Skull and Mandible in the Flint-Bearing Gravel Overlying the Wealden at Piltdown, Fletching.Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, Vol. 69. (NOTE: 'Piltdown Man' was later proven to be one of the greatest hoaxes ever perpetrated in science. This article is included for historical value only.) Eriksson, M.E. and G.O. Poinar (2015). Fake it till you make it - the uncanny art of forging amber. Geology Today, Vol.31, Number 1. Espinoza, E.O., et al. (1990). A Method for Differentiating Modern from Ancient Proboscidean Ivory in Worked Objects. Current Research in the Pleistocene, Vol.7. Kosmowska-Ceranowicz, B. (2003). Amber Imitations in the Warsaw amber collection. Acta zoologica cracoviensia, 46 (suppl.-Fossil Insects). Lerosey-Aubril, R.. A fake Inca trilobite from Chile. The trilobite papers, 16. Massare, J.A. and D.R. Lomax (2014). Recognizing Composite Specimens of Jurassic Ichthyosaurs in Historical Collections. The Geological Curator, 10(1). (Note: Article begins on page 9. Thanks to doushantuo for locating this one!) Mateus, O., M. Overbeeke, and F. Rita (2008). Dinosaur Frauds, Hoaxes and "Frankensteins": How to Distinguish Fake and Genuine Vertebrate Fossils. Journal of Paleontological Techniques, Number 2. Olson, S.L. (2000). Birds-Dino Flap - Countdown to Piltdown at National Geographic. The Rise and Fall of Archaeoraptor. Backbone, Vol.13, Number 2. Raducanu, I. (2006). Actual Exigencies Concerning the Quality of Amber Pieces Commercialized in Romania. Buletinul Universitatii Petrol - Gaze din Ploiesti, Vol. LVIII, Number 2. Rowe, T., et al. (2001). The Archaeoraptor forgery. Nature, Vol.410 (brief communications). Ruffell, A., N. Majury and W.E. Brooks (2012). Geological Fakes and Frauds. Earth-Science Reviews, 111. Padian, K. (2000). Feathers, Fakes and Fossil Dealers: How the Commercial Sale of Fossils Erodes Science and Education. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.3, Issue 2, Editorial 2. Senter, P. and D.M. Klein (2014). Investigations of claims of late-surviving pterosaurs: the cases of Belon's, Aldrovandi's, and Cardinal Barberini's winged dragons. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.17, Issue 3. Senter, P. and P.D. Wilkins (2013). Investigation of a claim of a late-surviving pterosaur and exposure of a taxidemic hoax: the case of Cornelius Meyer's dragon. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.16, Issue 1; 6A. Stone, R. (2010). Altering the Past: China's Faked Fossils Problem. Science, Vol.330. Straus, W.L. (1954). The Great Piltdown Hoax. Science, Vol.119. Turrittin, T.H. (2006). An annotated bibliography of the Piltdown Man forgery, 1953-2005. PalArch, 1, 1. Vanlandingham, S.L. Extraordinary Examples of Deception in Peer Reviewing: Conconction of the Dorenberg Skull Hoax and Related Misconduct. Wang, X. (2013). Mortgaging the future of Chinese paleontology. PNAS, Vol.110, Number 9. Wing, O. (2009). A simulated bird gastric mill and its implications for fossil gastrolith authenticity. Fossil Record, 12(1). Zhou, Z., J.A. Clarke and F. Zhang (2002). Archaeoraptor's Better Half. Nature, Vol. 420. Zipfel, B., C. Yates and A.M. Yates (2010). A case of vertebrate fossil forgery from Madagascar. Palaeont.afr., 45, Technical Note. Pseudofossils Breton, G., M. Serrano-Sanchez and F.J. Vega (2014). Filamentous micro-organisms, inorganic inclusions and pseudo-fossils in the Miocene amber from Totolapa (Chiapas, Mexico): taphonomy and systematics. Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica Mexicana, Vol.66, Number 1. Jenkins, R.J.F., P.S. Plummer and K.C. Moriarty (1981). Late Precambrian Pseudofossils from the Flinders Ranges, South Australia. Transactions of The Royal Society of South Australia, 105. Knaust, D. and R. Hauschke (2004). Trace fossils versus pseudofossils in Lower Triassic playa deposits, Germany. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecoloty, 215. Queensland Museum (2011). Pseudofossils - Fact Sheet. The State of Queensland (Queensland Museum). Schopf, J.W., et al. (2010). Precambrian microbe-like pseudofossils: A promising solution to the problem. Precambrian Research, 179.
  21. Hi! Below I have some pictures of dinosaur eggs. Picture 1 is stated as a dendroolithus egg. Picture 2, 3, 4 and 5 are stated as "Hadrosaur" eggs. Picture 6 is stated as a segnosaur egg. Picture 7, 8 and 9 are stated as "Raptor" eggs. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 The price ranges from a few hundred dollars up to $2,500. And my questions are, how much is a dinosaur egg really worth, depending on the quality and species? And when is this kind of deals "to good to be truth"? How common are real dinosaur eggs? What can you do to avoid getting scammed? I might be interested in buying a dinosaur egg, and since there is so many fake ones out there it is good to be aware of as many signs as possible, that might indicate a "to good to be truth" or a "fake" deal.
  22. Hi, I'm about to purchase this Dyrosaurus fossil from a seller but just wanted to make sure it's not a cast or fake. He said a few of the teeth were reinserted after they came loose but that's about it. It's originally found in Morroco, and he's had it over a year in storage. It's about 5 feet across diagonally. Here's some more pics It looks real to me but I'm not an expert so I want to make sure first.
  23. So I may or may not get killed for my recent purchase, I jumped at it when I received a offer and now I'm freaking out a bit. Could you please help confirm that this indeed real and then possibly I'll be out of hot water. Thanks!!!
  24. Hi, I'm a beginner with fossils and recently purchased a Knightia fossil for 50 New Zealand dollars. When I got home I took a look and noticed it appeared painted. I've researched and apparently people often paint over to enhance it and make it look better. The question is, is it fake? I don't mind if it's painted over for looks but I will be disappointed if it's completely fake. Has to be painted, now I'm just wondering whether it's a genuine fossil or not
  25. Just spotted this beauty on a well known auction website. Looks like you could crack it into a pan and have a lovely fried egg sandwich, doesn't it? It had bids, up to a reasonable sum of money (a lot of money, considering that it's just a rock). I messaged the seller to tell him it was just a rock. He replied 'I've had 2 collectors look at it since I listed it, it is a fossilized egg'. Fair enough. I know better than to argue with two collectors. He did, however, close the auction immediately after my email, despite his reply. Part of me hopes a greedy collector nabbed it with a cash offer.
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