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prem

I was perusing our favorite auction site and saw two specimens of purported Cambropallas that look exceedingly different than the usual squished-in-a-shale-nodule sort of bugs that traditionally are found for sale (and faked with reckless abandon). These look more like a Cambrian form of the Moroccan Devonian bugs - preserved in limestone in inflated, 3-dimensional form, complete with axial spines toward the rear. If you search for:

"Cambropallas sp. telesto Flying Free"

you will see more pictures of these highly suspicious items than the ones I attached.

I am deeply suspicious of these, although the particular vendor has not posted anything that I could point to being an outright fabrication before.

Thoughts?

---Prem

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felino96

Seems real, also price is right...

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Xiphactinus

I'm seeing a whole lot of fabrication there....

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JohnBrewer

I'm seeing a whole lot of fabrication there....

Where do you see that, what gives it away?

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prem

I think the only way I would be convinced of their authenticity would be to see a photographed prep sequence.

Which, BTW, I think that would be a great way for genuine fossils to be easily verified - have the prepper take some pix with a cell phone as he/she is doing the work...it will then be unimpeachable evidence of a fossil's authenticity.

----Prem

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Xiphactinus

Where do you see that, what gives it away?

The spines standing up on the back have a different texture than the rest of the body as does the "cheek" spines. The texture on the body segments looks very different in spots too.

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JohnJ

Folks, there is really no need to reference "our favorite auction site". The education is in explaining the visible flaws pointed out in the posted images. Thanks. ;)

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Mike Pocock

I think I can just about see a joint line on the spines that make it look like they have been added.

Regards

Mike

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Fitch1979

- back spines on pygidium are added to the fossil, it is visible on the right picture [but an interesting note: perhaps the prepper found clues to add those to the fossil, perhaps he found worn spines he tried to remake himself, the prepper who did this preparation seems a highly skilled craftsman]

- genal spines (cheeck ones) are bit too smooth to feel comfortable ..

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taj

The complete thing looks waaaaayyy to fishy for me

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FossilDudeCO

The complete thing looks waaaaayyy to fishy for me

I agree, I can't put my finger on it, but its looks....strange...

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