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Found 26 results

  1. Hello, I am brand new at fossil collecting and am trying to get specimens for my science class (I’m a high school science teacher). I bought a few fossils pretty cheap not knowing how prevalent fakes are. I think some are fake, partially faked, or enhanced. I don’t want to misinform my students in what is real and what isn’t so I’d love some help! (Fakes aren’t the worst thing for me since we can discuss the use of models in class, I just need to know what is real or fake). Here is my first specimen: a trilobite of unknown origin (I havnt seen one like it online which is why I think it is fake). Thanks!
  2. Can anyone advise if this egg looks fake or real, I'm thinking of purchasing it.
  3. I was wondering if anyone here can tell me if this is legitimate or not? The seller says it's a museum quality piece, but after looking at it and the back I question. It almost sounds hollow when I knock on it. Would love any feedback, trying to build up my collection and thought this was a very nice looking fossil, but I know very little.
  4. Is it fossil??

    hey all, sorry i'm new and didn't search topics to find similar ones cause i dont have time.. i think i have a fossil whitch someone has taken it and i'm hurry to know is it a real one or not! i'm kinda loosing it!! please help me to indentify is it a fossil or not, and if so, what kind? or what animal!! thanks a lot sorry for not being formal!
  5. Hi everyone! New member here. I am very excited to make my first post. So I came across a vendor today with some cool stuff, but I wanted to run some photos by the forum members first to see: 1) if you think they are real or fake. 2) how much would you expect to pay for a piece like that. Thanks for the help! Item #1 - Mosasaur Jaw To my eyes, this item looks legit as the teeth don't seem to be floating above the jaw with composite all around it, or teeth pointed in different directions. BUT...I know fakes are good and I am relatively new to educating myself to fakes vs real. Item #2 - Another Mosasaur Jaw (top and bottom) Also looks pretty legit to my newb eyes. But I am worried both top and bottom jaws in that position are too good to be true. Item #3 - Croc Skull? My gut reaction is fake...mostly due to the matrix looking like it was smeared on like cream cheese. Item #4 - Plesiosaur Skull and Neck It's apparently from goulmima southern morocco. Sadly I don't have more pics, as I didn't want to handle it and move it around. But I was able to get down low and see that it does have it's teeth. I just couldn't a good picture of it. :-\ The closest comparison I could find was this plesiosaur head/neck from an archived auction house website image. But the matrix around it seems the same.
  6. Hello all, I just started collecting and would like some help. I bought this at a local store here in town and after doing some research I am now worried if this is the real deal. I have tried to find information to see if I can figure it out myself but after hours of looking I can not come to a clear determination.I would like your guidance on my new found journey into fossils. Thank you.
  7. Hey, I got a Little fossil kit on Christmas, and I was wondering if all of these are real? And if so, what are the fossils on the top row?
  8. Real or Fake Fossil?

    Howdy Partners Wanted your opinion on whether or not this fossil is real or fake. The fossil is labeled "Centrosaurus bone" from the Judith River Formation. Thanks everybody Happy Holidays
  9. Hi everyone, I’ve read a few posts by others about their dubious Keichosaurus fossils, so I understand the gist of the situation when it comes to these pieces, but still wanted more than one opinion on a Keichosaurus I may obtain. I don’t necessarily mind having a piece that is enhanced a bit, but what I do not want is a completely bogus fossil. If anyone can tell me how much authenticity they believe this fossil to have based on photos alone, I’d love any feedback. It’s being offered to me for trade by another collector in exchange for my 4.2 inch Carcharodontosaurus tooth. I got my tooth for a very fair price, and so my concern is letting go of this tooth and not being able to replace it for a similar reasonable price. It’s not a perfect Carch but it is a nice one. Bad trade? Good trade?
  10. I know there are a lot of tips on here to help identify eggs, but I want some opinions. See the photos purchased on ebay from china
  11. Hey everyone i recently bought a spino tooth from esty and wanted to see if you think it is real or fake. thanks.
  12. Hey everyone!I'm a new member and a real newby in this field. As far as I've read, this looks more like concretions, but I want to make sure and ask experienced people. So could it be an egg?:)
  13. Hey guys is this brachiosaurus real? Details below Branchiosaurus: Apateon pedestris with skin shadow - rest Age: Perm Age approx .: 285 million years Layer: Rotliegend Location: Niederhausen / Germany Fossil size approx .: 4.7 cm with curvature Plate size approx .: 10 x 7.5 cm The Branchiosaur was provided with a special protection for preservation.
  14. Hey guys, I'm sure this has been asked a lot but I just bought a Keich and I'm wondering if I made a mistake. Pictures should be attached.
  15. 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.
  16. Hi everyone, I'm very new to the world of fossil collecting and would appreciate some expert level input on the legitimacy of this mosasaur jaw. I realize there are many fake pieces circulating the market. Does anyone know what something like this is worth? Any assistance would be very helpful. Thank you!
  17. Fossil icythosaurus

    Is this a icythosaurus or mixosaurus? And is it real?
  18. A partial dinosaur (I guess is psittacosaurus). Please help me see if this is real or fake.
  19. Hi all, a friend recently offered an interesting fossil to me - an octopus from Lebanon. Now, as some of you might know - Lebanon does have octopus fossils, though they are very rare. This fella here doesn't look outright fake at first glance, but I don't know if he's real either. I don't know many Lebanese experts, but when I showed it to two, here's what I was told. Expert A - It's real, but the tentacles are painted Expert B - It's just a squid painted to look like an octopus Now, painted tentacles is annoying, but at least it would be a real octopus. But a squid painted to look like one is a big no-no. What are your thoughts on this guy?
  20. I know, there are fakes everywhere and only a fool would take a chance on a keichousaurus auction. Well, I'm the fool that just did just that very thing. I didn't think I'd win with a $70 bid, but low and behold I am the proud new owner of an as yet to be inspected fossil keich. I thought I'd post it here and see what you all thought of it. When it comes in I will give it the acetone test, the microscope test, the hot pin test and the black light test and will post my impressions If it. To be honest though, it looks decent enough that it could be a good buy and would make a nice shelf neighbour to my Hyphalosaurus... but only if it's real Here's the auction photos...
  21. Hello all! I saw this mosasaur jaw, and I'm wondering whether the bone is real. The teeth look pretty real to me, and they probably are because those are not worth faking; but I'm really not sure about the bone... The seller admits that glue was used for the jaw, but no restoration or enhancement. Also, I'm wondering whether the teeth come from the jaw or are separate teeth just glued on. I'd like your thoughts on this! Best regards, Max
  22. Hi I have just begun collecting fossils and I still have a lot of trouble telling the difference between what is real and what is fake. I am thinking about purchasing a Moroccan Phacops Trilobite (picture below) and I was wondering if anyone could give me advice as to it's authenticity. Thank you
  23. Hello, Are the two below fossils real? I don't have any info on the fly but the info I have on the lizard is from Odernheim, Pfalz, Germany and that it is a Branchiosauria. Both fossils are absolutely flat with no raised bones or bumps. Also, how can I tell the difference between real or fake fossils in the future?
  24. I've collected a few dinosaur teeth specimens and I would like this community's input on whether or not they are real. You can view the teeth here: http://imgur.com/a/JZRCf I would love any input!
  25. I picket this up at the gem and mineral show today in Denver. I have a bad feeling I got burned on this. I am new to this forum and would really really appriciate any help I could get in determining if it is real or not. It was supposedly found is Massachusetts. The print is not completely flat, it has bumps and hills in it, but the print is not an impression or indentation.
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