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Found 59 results

  1. 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!
  2. This Cambropallas trilobite looks pretty good to me, but curious if anyone sees any restoration I may be missing. Is this all natural? Thanks!
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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
  7. @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;
  8. @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.
  9. 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
  10. 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!
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Does anyone have any tips or tricks to preserve pyrite fossils? How to clean and keep them shiny without decay?
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Hi all, I was hoping for a few opinions regarding the percentage of restoration on this 35cm+ Acadoparadoxides sp. If anyone can narrow down the species, that too would be appreciated. Thanks! Positive side:
  19. New Member

    Hi, I have been a mineral specimen collector and have dabbled a bit in fossils for fun. I recently acquired a fossil and was seeking some advice. This piece still needs some work and restoration and I was wondering if anyone knew someone who could help me out. I am pretty sure it is a protoceratops skull. Still lots of loose pieces that need to be added to it. I am in Atlanta. Attached is a picture. I can send more. Thanks for any help or advice. Demetrios
  20. Not the best greenops ever

    About a month ago I went to Penn with two fossil buddies and they both found prone greenops. Sadly I did not find one. However both of these greenops were split between the positive and negative and probably were missing some skin as the material was quite flaky. For one of my friends this was his first ever find of a prone greenops. Prone greenops that are nicely laid out are a very rare find in the Windom shale. Most of the ones I have found from there or others that I have prepped for people are fully, partially enrolled or distorted. So to my fossil buddy this was a bit of a special find. We wrapped up the two pieces in tin foil in the field and I agreed to take it with me and prep it for him. Well zoom ahead a month in time and I am going out with him last week to collect and he asks how is his greenops coming, whereby I realize that I have not only not started it ,but in my senility had forgotten I had it and had no clue where it was. Well when I got home it turns out that I had never unpacked the bucket of fossils from that trip and low and behold his fossil was packed just as we had left it. A careful look at both parts under the scope confirmed my opinion that the bug was in pretty rough shape , but a prone greenops, not to mention perhaps his first ever prone warranted we attempt to bring it back to life. Unfortunately I did not take any pics until a ways into the prep but here is what I did to start. 1. Washed the mud off both plates scrubbing with a tooth brush 2. Squared up what would become the fossil plate with the diamond gas saw 3. Cut out as small as possible a square from the top piece of the matrix that contained the top part of the greenops using my 7 inch tile saw with diamond blade 4. On a belt sander using aluminum oxide 120 grit thinned the top piece as much as safely possible to help minimize my prep time later. 5. Using super thin cyanoacrylate glue reattached the top portion to the main slab clamping tightly with a c-clamp. Asusual all prep was done under a zoom scope at 10x to 20x magnification using a Comco abrasion unit and in this case a German Pferd MST 31 scribe exclusively.. Not a lot of scribing was done other than to outline the bug as the skin was not in great shape. Abrasion was pretty much done with a .18 and .10 nozzle using 40 micron previously used dolomite at 30 PSI. Here is the bug after about an our of prepping . I have outlined in red where you can still see the outline of the section that was glued down. A lot of people do not realize that many of the fantastic trilobites you see on the market have actually been glued back together because the splits are often through the bug. I once did a Moroccan trilobite that was in 7 pieces when I received it Here is the bug after another 40 minutes Took some pictures of the prep but frankly they ended up too blurry to use so here is the prep after abrasion is complete and after I have repaired a lot of the parts that broke of in the split. I tend to use a white repair material and always take a picture to let the owner know what has been repaired Here is the bug after coloration applied . The repairs were allowed to cure overnight before coloration and a bit of extra carving to clean up spots.Just waiting for me to do a final cleanup tomorrow after everything has cured a bit more. A long way from being the worlds most pristine or perfect bug but I am relatively pleased that we were able to breath some new life into an ailing bug. Totally prep time about 3 1/2 hours over 4 days. I suspect the owner will be pleased with the result. I have seen people toss bugs in the field that were in this type of shape. For those of you who just need to know the bug is 27mm x 18 mm A slightly different view
  21. Hi everyone- I have a juvenile mammoth tusk that I would like to learn how to stabilize and restore. The problem is I have (almost) no idea how to even start! The tusk is fully dried out, but it’s split down the middle. I need some advice! Here’s what I know has to be done: 1. Clean the outside and inside as much as possible without using water- any suggestions on what to use? 2. Superglue the two pieces together and use hose clamps to hold the two pieces together- any suggestions on glue/method? 3. Fill gaps/cracks with epoxy- any suggestions on a good type? 4. Sand sand sand! 5. Beyond this point I’m not sure- is there some sort of protective varnish people use? I’m sure I’m missing about a dozen crucial steps here- I have literally never tried anything like this before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I posted some photos of the tusk, and I will post photos of progress! Thanks everyone.
  22. I was down in Florida in January to see family, and visit old friends I haven’t seen in 20 years. While out for dinner I showed them some pictures of my sharks teeth, and also pointed out that some had restoration. One of the people in the group happened to be an artist and was very intrigued with the fine details in the restoration work and asked if I could send her some cheap teeth so she could play around. I sent her 10 teeth, this tooth is the tenth tooth she has ever handled or worked on, and I am quite amazed at the work. Here are pictures of the finished tooth, I will post the before picture shortly. All feedback would be greatly appreciated so I can give it to the artist to help her get better.
  23. I purchased a unsightly Franken-Basilosaurus tooth a few weeks ago for pretty cheap. Seeing as though i don't have $400-700+ to spend on a nice basilosaurus tooth i saw potential and a fun project in this cheap ugly duckling. Yes, it's Moroccan. It came with the typical glue/sand mix covering it, filling all cracks, voids and roughing out transitions of deceptive franken composites. How it came: Ok, first things first. Clean it. I used acetone, a razor, a needle, a tooth brush and my engraver. Hours of delicate work later i finally see what i'm working with. After cleaning: Yeesh, this might be more work than i thought...... And someone composited a incisor or canine tooth tip on the top of my premolar!! Bwahahaha!! Ok, composites need to go. Bye, bye Next i noticed this was not lined up correctly when it was glued back together. So i grab my trusty dremel tool and proceed to carefully saw this baby in half. Then i removed most of the epoxy/sand glue from each side. Continued.........
  24. I know that Megalodon tooth more than 7 inch are scarce and command high premium. There is a seller who has a 7 inch Megalodon tooth. He sent me pictures of the same tooth before and after Restoration. I am attaching the photos of the same tooth before and after restoration (1-3 are UnRestored and 4 to 6 are Restored) The dimensions of the tooth after restoration: Long side 7 3/16'' (7.18 inches), short side 6 13/16" (6. 81 inches) and almost 5'' wide. I guess my question is 1. Could the tooth have been slightly less than 7 inches before restoration? 2. Does tooth restoration add any length to the tooth (Do people do that to tooth that are slightly less than 6 and 7 inches to bring it to 6 plus and 7 plus inches?) My main concern is what if the tooth was less than 7 inches before restoration.
  25. Greetings, I recently bought a beautiful Spinosaurus tooth that was previously restored as some parts were obviously broken and put together with some sort of brown putty which looks like dirt or rock fragments. The problem is that the tooth had an accident a few days ago (it fell from the stand) and it broke again. I put the parts together with super glue but the cracks are now wide and visible and I would like to hide them a little bit by using some putty or resin, I don't want the tooth to look perfect and unbroken, just to look like before it fell, like there is some dirt or rock fragments instead of cracks. Do you have any tip about how to do that? Any brown putty or resin? Thank you very much.
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