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Is It Real? How to Recognize Fossil Fabrications

This forum is devoted to illuminating the pitfalls to be avoided when considering the purchase of fossils. From fabrications to restorations, this is the section to discuss.


For our educational purposes, the sellers' identity and pricing are immaterial; this is all about the specimens. 
Please do not post links to websites, nor identify or incriminate a seller in any way. Do not post prices.

Please read and follow the guidelines found in the Pinned topic below.


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  3. Examples of Commonly Faked Dino Eggs 1 2 3 4 6

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  6. Real Nannotyrannus tooth?

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  7. Is this Basilosaurus Jaw real?

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  8. Ankylosaur Tail Club Question

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  9. Morrocan Brittles

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  10. Famous fossil turns out to be fake

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  11. Spinosaurus tooth natural?

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  12. Megalodon teeth fakes?

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  13. Chilotherium skull

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  14. Real Struthiomimus foot ?

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