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  1. Hi all, please be careful whenever you purchase Chinese vertebrate fossils or dinosaur eggs, especially turtles and birds. While some of these may look laughably fake, a search on purchase history reveals that these fossils have been sold over and over again. No prize for guessing which auction site these fossils were sold. I notice three devious techniques used by these sellers: 1) Issuing a certificate, claiming it's been examined by experts etc - Certs mean nothing, unless they are provided by actual museums 2) Selling some real fossils - I've been monitoring this seller's listings for years. Every now and then, a real one shows up. His victims may have bought something genuine from him before, and assumed all his listings are good. 3) Selling replicas alongside his fake fossils - By outright proclaiming some of his listings as replicas, this seller creates the impression that he is a responsible seller who would inform people about the true nature of their purchases. "The best lies have an element of truth" Remember, if you aren't absolutely sure of your purchase, post some pics here on TFF. We have experts who would help you if they can. Also, if you need more info about this listings or the seller, feel free to PM me.
  2. pterosaur bone

    From the album Holzmaden

    This is a 11 cm long pterosaur bone (maybe a flight phalanx) from the lower Jurassic from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. It was a very luck find as I found it on a stone, which I took with me because of another fossil. So I am very happy with this find although the preservation is not the best.... Two more pictures:
  3. pterosaur bones (perhaps Dorygnathus)

    From the album Holzmaden

    This is probably one of my best find so far from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden. Its a plate with some pterosaur bones, which is very rare in Holzmaden as these are marine desposits. The bigger bone might be a Humerus. Before I was able to find this piece I only found a few isolated pterosaur bones. Hopefully I can find a complete one one day The prep of this specimen took about 5 hours. Before the prep it was visible that these are pterosaur bones so I was very surprised ... Some more pictures:
  4. Pterosaurs could fly from birth

    Those flying reptiles must be so cute fluttering around. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-06-baby-pterodactyls-birth.html
  5. I wasnt very active recently so sorry for that. But the last weeks I was several times hunting for fossils in the quarry Kromer in Holzmaden (Germany) and in this thread I want to show you some things I found there. As some of you know may know I am mainly interested in marine reptile fossils so most of the finds are marine reptile bones and teeth ... So firstly some teeth. I actually found a lot of them but these are the best ones I found this year: A 2 cm long Steneosaurus tooth (crocodile): Another Steneosaur tooth with a length of 1,8 cm: And the last 1.2 Steneosaur tooth: I also found some Ichthyosaur teeth. Here is one of the nicest from this year: Besides of several teeth I also found some bones. Ichthyosaur bones are the most common type of bones there so I found mainly Ichthyosaur material. Especially I found many ribs but they are mostly not prepped yet. Here is just one little example: Its about 10 cm long. I didnt found many vertebrae this year but here is a pretty neat one with a length of about 3.5 cm: A bit rarer is this little Steneosaur (crocodile) vert: I am really happy that I can say that I found some pterosaur material this year. As these are marine deposits you may can imagine that pterosaur bones and teeth are very very rare. Here is a little 6 cm long and very worn pterosaur bone: Another pterosaur bone: This one is about 11 cm long. I didnt saw that one in the quarry Kromer but I took the stone with me because of a tooth on the other side of the stone so I was very pleased as I turned the stone around at home The next one is probably my favourite find of the year until now: These are also pterosaur bones (the big one might be a humerus?) Some more pictures of the same piece: And last but not least this find: I am actually not sure what it is. Might be pterosaur bone too ( maybe a Scapula?) or another possibility would be a bone from the skull but its kinda difficult to determine isolated bones ... Still many bones and teeth to prep and the year is still young so lets see what I can find/reveal! I hope you like some of my finds and thanks for watching
  6. Isle of Wight Fossils

    Hi all, I found this concretion when I was fossil hunting in Yaverland, Isle of Wight. It appears to have a tooth and bone fragments in it. I was wondering if anyone could help identify what these fossils may have belonged to. Many thanks in advance!
  7. Recently i purchased this lower pterosaur jaw fragment (23cm in length) and i have been paying it off bit by bit (currently on hold). The seller claims absolutely no work has been done to it though it looks like there has been a repaired crack about one third down the jaw. I wanted to ask whether anyone can see if there has been any work done to it that isn't listed or that i haven't spotted. To me it looks good and looks mostly natural (except maybe the repaired crack). I don't have the fossil yet so i hope the pictures are enough. Thanks in advance.
  8. Hey everyone! So, I have recently acquired some fossils and, forever the skeptic and pessimist, I just want to see if they're (likely to be) real or not. Spinosaurus Tooth (Egypt) - Unknown Pterosaur Bone (Unknown) - Mosasaur Teeth (Morocco) - I'm very aware of the fake jaw aspect, I'm just interested in whether or not the teeth are real. Thank you!
  9. Hey guys, Hello, I discovered this bone in a fossil box about a year ago and bought it for only $ 1.5 because it made me look special somehow. But I do not know to which animal he could belong. For me, however, he resembles a finger bone of a pterosaur. Can you help me maybe? The bone is hollow and 42mm (1,7") in size. Kind regards from Germany!
  10. I am certainly not getting my hopes up for this fossil, because from experience of seeing theropod teeth placed in croc jaws and people labeling it as a 'rare Spinosaurus or Carcharodontosaurus jaw" on the market, the likelihood of finding an original jaw with associated teeth not from different animals is extremely rare (at least in the case of theropods and pterosaurs). However the seller has this as a Pterosaur jaw piece with one associated Pterosaur tooth and wanted to see whether you all think this is a composite or not. From what i know, there have only been two toothed Pterosaur jaw sections found from the Kem Kem Beds (the holotype for Siroccopteryx and the holotype for Coloborhynchus Fluviferox). The fossils is 5 inches by 3 inches. Thanks.
  11. Pterosaur tooth?

    I saw this tooth as pterosaur from Niger, but some possible wear on it makes it look like sauropod. Please help ID ,thanks in advance.
  12. I've been looking for Moroccan pterosaur teeth, and have found this one from the Kem Kem beds for sale. I know there's fish teeth being sold as pterosaur teeth so I wanted to ask if anyone out there could confirm whether this is from a pterosaur? Thanks!
  13. Cracked Pterodactyl Egg With Embryos Complete And Visible? At our favorite auction site, a seller is offering in several ads, these beautiful boulders that are no more than mere geological occurrences, which anyone can find on the edge of any river, as if they were genuine Pterosaur eggs ... But the Freak Circus does not end here, there's more! He announces as if these "eggs" had visible Pterosaur embryos. Can anyone see? But if you're a picky fossil collector who does not like rickety and scrawny creatures like the Pterosaurs ... His problems are over, because now he also sells boulders as if they were dinosaur eggs: How does he know what a Pterosaur egg is and what is a Dinosaur egg? Anyone have any explanation? A genuine egg of the Pterosaur is very, very rare, and is extremely different from these boulders that are widely being offered! That is, genuine Pterosaur eggs have shells, consisting essentially of an outer layer of thin and hard limestone, while under the shell was a softer membrane: And thanks to these meager but true discoveries is that we now know that pterosaur eggs were malleable, similar to the snake eggs of today: Unfortunately I can not reveal prices here, but believe me, these fake eggs do not cost anything cheap! So the high price is a great seducer, a real temptation for a novice and inexperienced collector, to think that high price means rarity, therefore, authenticity! The advice is the same as always, study on the subject so that the light of knowledge can dispel the darkness of ignorance.
  14. Fur and Feathers for Flying.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46572782
  15. Triassic Pterosaur Found In Utah

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-desert-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-utah-180969995/
  16. Hi, Was just checking our favourite auction site for fossils and i came across this. It is interesting because the seller has it listed as a Pteranodon wing bone from the Hell Creek Formation (in Montana), yet this seems odd because Pteranodon has not been described from the Hell Creek Formation and existed at a different time (around 85 mya), so this makes me skeptical whether this bone is pterosaur or possibly from something else like a theropod (the bone is 9 inches long). Any opinions if it is pterosaur or not, the pictures are a bit hard to tell by. Thanks.
  17. Pterosaur teeth/Coloborhynchus

    What's the deal with so many pterosaur teeth, yet just about every single one(every single one Ive ever seen or heard of, although im assuming other people may have heard of or seen other species)is Coloborhynchus! That just seems improbable....in fact it seems almost impossible. Tons of pterosaurs had teeth, tons of teeth are around, but ONLY from Colobos??? That can't be right. Also, I know that a species can have different shaped teeth, but APPARENTLY colobo teeth come in every shape and size(and width/height ratio, and angle, and curve, and every possible variable). Im not going to say these absolutely CANT all be from coloborhynchus, they have to be from other pterosaurs or animals, but....these can't possibly all be from just coloborhynchus, can they???
  18. Unfortunately it is no news that we have suffered with several gross falsifications with "rooted" Carcharodontosaurids teeth from Kem Kem beds... And these rooted forgeries do not even come close to the actual appearance that a rooted real tooth of Carcharodontosaurid must have: Many novice collectors can also easily fall into the old trap: Spinosaurid tooth "rooted" from Kem Kem beds... Which is also quite different from a real rooted Spinosaurid tooth: But I have noticed since last year, a new fashion trend in the Counterfeit Market at Kem Kem ... The forgery of "rooted" Pterosaurs teeth! As for example, this gross falsification: But what led me to create this post, it was definitely this clear forgery that was recently announced on our favorite auction site as: Coloborhynchus Tooth, Look: My biggest fear is that a rookie collector with no experience can be seduced by a tempting offer of a so-called "rooted" pterosaur tooth that does not even come close to the real appearance a legitimate rooted pterosaur tooth should have: My main theory is that two teeth were glued together to make one "rooted" tooth. Whatever it has been made of, the fact is that this pterosaur's tooth is not rooted!!
  19. Ornithocheirid pterosaur

    From the album Albian vertebrates of Ukraine

    Tiny pterosaur tooth from Kanev Albian. This tooth is strongly labio-lingually compressed, has no carinae and has a developed pulpar cavity, typical pterosaur tooth characteristics. Scalebar 5 mm.
  20. Triassic Pterosaur Found in Utah

    200-million year old Pterosaur 'built for flying' August 13, 2018 by Marlowe Hood, PhysOrg https://phys.org/news/2018-08-million-year-pterosaur-built.html Rare Desert Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in Utah The rare Triassic fossil is the most complete early pterosaur ever found, and gives new insight into the evolution of the first flying vertebrates By Jason Daley, Smithsonian Magazine, Aug. 14, 2018 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-desert-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-utah-180969995/ Oldest pterodactyl fossil discovered in Utah desert Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, Aug. 13, 2018 https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/science/2018/08/13/fossil-oldest-pterodactyl-discovered-utah-desert/977979002/ Brooks B. Britt et al. Caelestiventus hanseni gen. et sp. nov. extends the desert-dwelling pterosaur record back 65 million years, Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0627 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41559-018-0627-y Yours, Paul H.
  21. Identifying a Pterosaur claw?

    Hi, This one has me stumped with the id, is this a Pterosaur claw or something else like a possible theropod claw? It is from the kem kem and is 2cm long. Since i am clueless when it comes to identifying claws from different animals, which diagnostic features can help determine if it is pterosaur or not. Thanks.
  22. Pterosaur bone

    From the album Holzmaden

    This is a kinda funny combination out of a fish bone and a very rare pterosaur bone. The fish bone is the bigger one (5 cm long) and is lying on the top of the pterosaur bone. The piece comes from the quarry Kromer near Holzmaden (Lower Jurassic). As these are marine deposits you can imagine how rare the pterosaur bone is Some very bad detailed pictures: (sorry for the bad quality but my camera is not good enough)
  23. Quetzalcoatlus metatarsal?

    Possibly quetzalcoatlus metatarsal? The other one is supposed to be the part of the beak, close to the tip. Sadly these are the only pictures available. Any info or thoughts are greatly appreciated.
  24. Must be a full moon out there Seller is offering this pterosaur skull and claw without any additional information other than saying it had no teeth . Tired emailing him no response as of yet. Looks like 3 wing bones of a Pterosaur from the Kansas chalk. Very nice Edit: seller responded saying it's from Texas and assures me there is an intact skull? A 2" Daspletosaurus offered without any locality. Impossible to distinguish between different tyrannosaurids and without locality who knows what it is. Triceratops vertebra from the Hell Creek being offered. Its not ceratopsian but from an Edmontosaurus which are caudals more rectangular, box shaped. Ceratopsian are oval. A rare Pachycephalosaurus claw being offered. Wow thought yesterday's Tyranno tooth was an awful resto job only to be surpassed by this one. Looks like most of the claw has been restored to something not Pachy. Avoid.... A Giganotosaurus tooth from Argentina is being offered for sale, wow. I know a lot of collectors will want to jump on to this tooth. Caution for a number of reasons. First it was illegal exported, collected in 2014. Second if you need one is that the seller has no locality information and because of that its difficult to determine what Dinosaur its from. Multiple Carcharodontosaurids are present in Argentina. Although the tooth has some appearance of a Carch without additional photos hard to conclusively say its one.
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