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Examples of Commonly Faked Dino Eggs

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Fruitbat

HamptonsDoc...

 

Now that you have re-opened this can of worms...perhaps you can enlighten our members about some of the WAYS that you can tell if you're dealing with a fake or not.  If you're at a gem/mineral/fossil show and you're holding one of these (potentially) 'faux' eggs in your hand, what are some of the things you should look for?

 

Thanks,

 

-Joe

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Fruitbat

Interesting stuff.  Of course, I knew the question was a difficult one but there are so many 'eggs' for sale out there (most of which are 'fake) that I thought it might be helpful for us to compile a list of basic things that a potential buyer could look for before laying down the cash!  As the owner of only two eggs (both of which I KNOW are real because I collected one of them myself - an Eocene/Oligocene bird egg and the other - an Eocene/Oligocene turtle egg that bears all of the characteristic hallmarks of an egg), I have occasionally been tempted to add a 'dino' egg to my collection but never have due to the rather dubious nature of the ones that I've actually held in my hand.

 

Thanks for the replies!

 

-Joe

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RJB

This, was one very interesting read!  But now its got me to thinkin about the eggs that I have.  No idea as to where they are at the moment, but I think id like to take a pic and see what you folks think about them.  One good thing is, i bought them about 20 years ago.  I know thats not a garuantee, but lots of fossils were coming out of china at that time.

 

RB

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fossiling

very interesting thread. Our school has some fossil dino eggs for display, now I'm thinking they're fake.

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Troodon
8 hours ago, fossiling said:

very interesting thread. Our school has some fossil dino eggs for display, now I'm thinking they're fake.

 

Take pictures if you can will give you an opinion 

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fossiling

no, I can't bring cellphones to school:(

but they got it quite a few years ago,not sure if it is a clue

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tmaier

Sometimes it is a good idea to use fakes for display. These actually wouldn't be called fakes, they would be called display replicas. One reason for usingt a replica would be if the display case was not well guarded and they didn't trust having a real specimen on display. Another reason is that a replica could be taken out of the case and passed around without fear of damaging a real valuable fossil.

What is really annoying is that some of these fakes are not replicas, they are fantasy pieces made to fool people, and they have fooled scientists and musuem curators. Good replicas sold as educational replicas are valuable to have, but these fake and false ones are just an abomination.

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sdsnl
On 10/16/2016 at 5:00 PM, fossiling said:

very interesting thread. Our school has some fossil dino eggs for display, now I'm thinking they're fake.

Even if they are replicas, that's very nice of your school to have educational items outside the curriculum. Nowadays it's hard to find schools that are not only concerned about exam results!

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MarkB

Great post and I almost fell for it too.   Thanks - you saved me some money today!

 

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HamptonsDoc
On 11/16/2016 at 10:50 PM, MarkB said:

Great post and I almost fell for it too.  Thanks - you saved me some money today!

 

Glad we saved you from purchasing one of these! The examples posted above are relisted everyday on auction sites from the same sellers. 

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Runner64

Nice guide you created @HamptonsDoc! Very informative and has a lot of very helpful and useful information that I have not seen yet on this forum.  I do not collect dinosaur eggs but I will be referencing this guide in the future if I need help with eggs.

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Prehistoria

Are there any places with a solid reputation for real egg material? I have a real oviraptor egg and have been desiring expanding my teaching collection but I've had a bad feeling about the auction site ones... apparently for good reason!

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JohnJ
5 minutes ago, Prehistoria said:

Are there any places with a solid reputation for real egg material? I have a real oviraptor egg and have been desiring expanding my teaching collection but I've had a bad feeling about the auction site ones... apparently for good reason!

 

Recommendations should be made via Private Message. 

 

Thank you.

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Prehistoria

Thank you for the clarification! It was not intended to be a commercial-style post, more just a request for guidance. I am happy to comply with all forum rules!

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HamptonsDoc
13 hours ago, Prehistoria said:

Are there any places with a solid reputation for real egg material? I have a real oviraptor egg and have been desiring expanding my teaching collection but I've had a bad feeling about the auction site ones... apparently for good reason!

Since fossil exportation is banned from the main countries where they are found (China, Mongolia, Argentin), they are difficult to find listed online.  I'll PM you a few sites that I know has some now.

 

As far as auction sites- yes, most are fake.  Post pictures if you see one you like on the forum and you'll hear many opinions about it!

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HamptonsDoc

Here is another example of a fake egg that has been showing up over the last few weeks from the same seller. I report these sellers weekly for various things and nothing seems to stop them other than educating as many people as we can. 

 

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BadlandTraveller

@HamptonsDoc the image you posted, is it completely fake or are there egg shells on the top to make it look like a whole authentic egg? 

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