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  1. Edit: Wrong use of photos. Will update shortly! Hello! I've been eyeing this tooth for some time now - but before buying I could need a bit of help! The price is very reasonable for a tooth at 11,3 cm and overall the condition is good - which makes me a bit suspicious The market for fossils in the country I live in is very niche, which might explain the price, but I would like to hear the opinion from folks that have more knowledge than I do. Cheers! Anne
  2. Restoration

    I don't know if I am the only one that i hate restoration on the fossils. I love natural and original specimens. I prefer a tooth 80-90% complete from a tooth with restoration. Also, i prefer a B grade tooth with no repair, from a A grade repaired tooth. You?
  3. Fossil restoration

    Hey, I’ve been trying to restore some teeth of mine(and have done two) I was wondering 1. What would be best for reconstruction and 2. What paint you guys would recommend? This is one I’ve done so far, I’m proud of it but I want to learn how to do it better. TIA
  4. Big Ammonite Repair Adhesive

    Hello everyone! I managed to bring home this crazy guy, the problem is that it was so big it broke in pieces when extracting it. I've been using "Loctite Super Glue 3" (ethyl cyanoacrylate) for repairing my fossils until now and it worked pretty well. However, this one might be too heavy I'm afraid it wont be enough to keep the pieces together and it can be dangerous (since the whole fossil probably weights over 70 lbs). There are also some cracks I would like to fill, I heard a technique where you ground some matrix rock to dust and then use that powder to make a glue that has the exact same colour of the fossil, anyone knows about it?. To summarise: what is the best adhesive for heavy rocks? and, is there a way to fill the cracks so it won't look like it's broken? Thank you very much for your help. Here goes the picture of the fossil: Best regards,
  5. Great White Tooth Restoration

    I had a banged up Great White tooth; the root was almost completely missing, and the top of the crown was, too. I decided to restore it, mostly for fun. A bit of epoxy putty and paint later, the root is completely reconstructed and I reckon it looks pretty decent.
  6. Large piece of Triceratops frill that I restored. Came out of the field in 65 pieces. Glued, pinned, puttied and color matched. But I have a question for the forum. In one of the photos, near the top edge, there is a round hole that I have no idea what caused it, infection maybe? Let me know what your thoughts are about the hole and the restoration. The hole does not go all the way through by the way. as you can see in the photos the pieces where coated with a thin layer of crust and had to be scraped and brushed. There were some missing pieces when all was glued and some very large gaps. The large gapped areas where pinned using a drill and pins, then paleo putty was used to fill in and match the contours. I experimented with coloring the putty so color matching with paint would be easier.
  7. Hello, Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support in answering questions for someone who has now ventured into fossil hunting and procurement. I purchased the attached ammonite pair some time ago and I would like to get advice on quality and possible additional restoration I can do on my own. I’m not sure if I can get the dull face better polished. I’m also not sure what to do with the external sides. Is this also a very good quality specimen and therefore, I should put further interest in getting the pair in better Condition? That may be a loaded question as it may be simply a matter of opinion but I’m just interested in professionals’ advice.
  8. Hi, I am looking for a megalodon expert to help me see restorations on a tooth. I was told the tooth had minor restorations on the root and rear of the tooth. Can you tell be these pictures if that is correct and if there are other restorations done? Thank you for your time
  9. Hi there I recently purchased a Albertasaurus tooth. A portion is in a matrix and there are some broken off pieces. This would be my first attempt a putting a fossil back together. If you could provide any input on 1. if it would devalue it by doing it, 2. how I should do it, 3. and what tools or glue or putty I should use. If you could dumb down the language for me that would be appreciated, like I said this is my first time!
  10. This Cambropallas trilobite looks pretty good to me, but curious if anyone sees any restoration I may be missing. Is this all natural? Thanks!
  11. Hi there I recently purchased a cave bear paw and arm. It unfortunately cracked almost clean thru along a pin at the end of the humerus and a few piece broke off the head of the humerus. The seller said to use super glue for the repair. I am a total amateur. Is this the best thing to use? Any recommendations on how repair or what to use. If you recommend something other that super glue please let me know if it's something I can buy online Thanks!
  12. Which of these two would you pick? Both say some repair and restoration and I can see the repaired cracks and assuming the darker areas are the restored areas. I have no idea and the dark brown is on both unless it’s part of the glue and wondered if it would come off.
  13. Hi, amateur here! Many years back I purchased a Megalodon tooth on online. What I'm wondering is if this tooth has been altered in any way. There is a part of the root that is quite dark, which concerns me as I've heard this can be a sign of restoration. Also since I can't remember exactly what I purchased this for, what would be a good approximate price nowadays? Note: The tooth is roughly 4,5 inches. (Not easy to see here, but the middle part of the root is slightly darker than the rest of the root) Thanks in advance!
  14. Tooth Restoration

    I apologize ahead of time if this is not the correct spot for this question. Does anyone know someone who can do restorations on teeth? And preferably quality restoration, not hacked together garbage. I don’t think we can publicly put names on here. So please feel free to message me. Thank you everyone ahead of time! Sincerely, J
  15. @caldigger post on finding two pieces of the same tooth reminded me of the tooth I found in New Zealand many years ago. The site is closed now, so I don’t think there is a chance of finding the root. But is there anyone on here that could accept this challenge? I’ll pay of course! Tooth overlying picture of complete tooth of same size and position showing the missing root. The slightly trickier bit is on the back where the root/enamel transition is partially missing. Scale bar = 2 inches total. A few more images of the tooth;
  16. @caldigger post on finding two pieces of the same tooth reminded me of the tooth I found in New Zealand many years ago. The site is closed now, so I don’t think there is a chance of finding the root. But is there anyone on here that could accept this challenge? I’ll pay of course! Tooth overlying picture of complete tooth of same size and position showing the missing root. The slightly trickier bit is on the back where the root/enamel transition is partially missing. Scale bar = 2 inches total.
  17. A noob's first attempt

    Hi all, On a recent trip to Sharktooth Hill in Bakersfield, we had a heartbreaker when the shovel struck what turned out to be our biggest tooth, a 2"+ hastalis or planus, and busted the root. So I figured this was as good a place as any to try my hand at fixing it up. In hindsight maybe I should have tried first with something I cared a little less about. Here it is after gluing. I then purchased a "earth color kit" of Apoxie sculpt at did my best to match the color. It was easy to work with, but not so easy to get the color just right since I could only mix pink, natural, orange, and bronze. I think I did ok, not great. Then I had an idea for trying to get a better color match. I found a piece of root from another partial tooth from the same site. It was a close color match. So I ground up some of it into powder and applied it to the still-pliable Apoxy sculpt. Improvement! I'm pretty happy with the results although I know there's plenty of room for improvement. Any advice for future attempts will be happily accepted. Thanks! Scott
  18. Hello I'm a newbie fossil collector (and newly active member) who happens to several interesting fossils for a decent price from our favorite auctions sites 1st is are Knightia. The seller claims that they are not restored or enhanced 2nd set are 4 Spinosaurus teeth. The seller claims that cracks have been repaired, but no restoration or composition has been made (Pictures 2-9 of teeth in pairs) 3rd is a Lycoptera which the seller claims is not restored or enhanced 4th are plates of Elrathia Trilobites from Wheeler Formation 5th are Fossil Ferns from Llewellyn Formation 6th is a Hyracodon jaw fragment I would like to ask if the sellers' description of the items are accurate and/or if they are restored, enhanced or composites. Cheers!
  19. Percentage original?

    Hello, I am wanting to purchase this Andalusiana trilobite. It is 9 inches long, positive and negative. I know these are commonly heavily restored or completely fabricated. I also know judging fabrication by a picture can be very difficult. I was wondering if anyone could given me an approximate percentage of how much of this trilobite is original fossil. They are asking ... for this piece and was wondering if this is a fair valuation. Thank you
  20. Hi All, I came across this Merycoidodon Oreodont Skull and was curious as to the actual level of restoration that's been done. As far as I can tell the grey putty filling is where work has been done to stabilize the skull, but bones haven't been recreated. Am I missing anything else? Thanks! -Barret
  21. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to preserve pyrite fossils? How to clean and keep them shiny without decay?
  22. Looks like a new set of photography techniques will assist us in determining what is associated and what was added to those drool worthy discoveries. Progressive Photonics
  23. Hi. I’d appreciate some opinions on this Basilosaurus tooth? It’s a beautiful specimen but something feels off. I know it’s repaired. This is currently for sale in Edmonton Alberta. Annual show. I’ve obscured the prices as per forum rules? @Troodon@Boesse@Tidgy's Dad@Andy
  24. C. megalodon

    So, I can't get myself to spend the kind of money necessary for a complete, large, megalodon tooth. I'd rather spend that kind of money on other fossils in the rare instance that I actually purchase fossils. I have found some beautiful, complete megs personally, but none bigger than a couple inches. There is a store that I discovered down in Indiana that I call the "Wiccan Store" that has all kinds of beads, incense, crystals, and odd ball assemblages of things. I went into it years ago just to see what was in there and discovered that, way in the back, they have a little room devoted to rocks, fossils, and minerals. They used to have a big bin of broken megs averaging about $8 each for the big ones (now all they have are tiny ones in comparison). At any rate, I bought a huge broken tooth - 6-inches (15 cm) - for $8. I want to put a monster tooth on display. But I want the full effect of size that a complete one offers. So here was my solution (as usual, I forgot to take a true "before" photo, but the photos I did take, early, are sufficient). Here is how it started - the broken tooth with the beginning of the build-up of palaeosculp. I add no more than about an inch at a time and then let it set-up before adding more. It gets too difficult to form when in large globs. The basic form is complete and I'm beginning to add texture here. Here is the mostly complete restoration. It was not my intent to restore it like it just fell out of the mouth of the shark, but rather restore it to how it likely looked in the geologic context prior to breaking in half. Painting is by far the most difficult step. Matching any one color on the tooth takes as many as 5 or so separate colors and careful mixing to match. It's not perfect, and I may still work a bit on the texture of the root in spots, but I'm reasonably happy with it. I showed it around and no one noticed it was restored until I told them, so that's good enough for me for display purposes. Apologies to the sharktooth experts if there are any morphological gaffs. @Nimravis @Darktooth @Tidgy's Dad @Bobby Rico @Cowboy Paleontologist
  25. Hello fossil friends! While looking for some unique species to add to my collection, I came across this Cambropallas and was wondering if it looked mostly genuine or heavily restored? I know near complete specimens are hard to come by, but this seller says the trilobite was a part of their personal collection at one point and they took pride in it. Thank you
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