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Fossil Mammal Skull ID

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Hi, I recently purchased this fossil on everyone's favorite auction site. The seller didn't know where it was found or of its provenance. I was thinking it could be by its size and teeth, however I would like input from others on the site. I've been collecting fossil for some time now and haven't seen anything like it. Thanks!

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gigantoraptor

The same skull was shown here some time ago. 

It's a composite from the Miocene deposits of the Gansu province in China. 

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Dinoguy89
3 minutes ago, gigantoraptor said:

The same skull was showed here some time ago. 

It's a composite from the Miocene deposits of the Gansu province in China. 

giganotoraptor is right. Perhaps a small amount of the skull is genuine but many of them are made to look more impressive than what they are. For example in some cases larger teeth are added to make the original look more impressive. Regardless it's still a cool piece :)

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Nimravis

Hit it with a black light to see what has been added and also to check on the teeth.

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deepblue
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Good idea. I'll try the uv light tonight. What would be fluorescing, the glue or the putty?

 

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deepblue

 

I'm glad this site is exists for many reasons.

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caldigger
2 hours ago, Nimravis said:

Hit it with a black light to see what has been added and also to check on the teeth.

You might want to merely shine the UV light upon it. "Hitting" tends to damage the delicate fossil structure. ;) :P 

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Nimravis
31 minutes ago, caldigger said:

You might want to merely shine the UV light upon it. "Hitting" tends to damage the delicate fossil structure. ;) :P 

I like hitting it, it breaks off all of the snarge.

 

 

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Nimravis

I hate the censorship I never say “snarge” I typed C r a p.

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caldigger

It auto-corrects when you click "Submit Reply".

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Innocentx

Ralph knows how to beat the censor. I admire that and we could all learn something here.  :D

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