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Tinad

I would truly appreciate any response to my question. I recently purchased these 2 ammonite fossils but I suspect they are fakes. 

Can anyone help?

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Kane

They look real to me. :) 

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Troodon

Look very real to me.  Why do you think they are fake?

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Ludwigia

They are real. Just sanded and polished up. Typical Madagascar ware.

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Fossildude19

Agreed. Real and relatively common fossils.  :) 

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WhodamanHD

These are relatively common in Madagascar, I believe  Cleoniceras

is the genus. As previously stated, they are normally polished up and sometimes sliced.

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caldigger

I believe I have heard this many times. Madagascar has laws that make sure any of the fossils being exported have to be "jacked with" in some way so it keeps their people employed with work. That's why it is somewhat rare to see fossils in complete "Just unearthed" state coming out of there. There must be at least some amount of preparation done.

So unfortunately (For us purist), most stuff you see is polished or cut.

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Tinad

Thanks everyone for your speedy and informative replies. 

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Aurelius

Raw examples do turn up, I built up a small collection of entirely unprepared examples last year. They are even more beautiful in their natural state. 

 

Unfortunately this is a poor photo, but I don't have anything better to hand.

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Crazyhen

The polished ammonites are very commonly exported from Madagascar.  Tonnes of them are imported to China, both big and small ones, and they are mostly used as home decor because they were said to have "feng shui" power :P

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aplomado

Lovely raw fossil picture!!!  I would like to see those for sale.

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Tinad

I bought them to use as displays for my ammonite pendants. I would consider sharing one but the shipping would be unreal! And, with our weather, it might take months to receive it!

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