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  1. mollyrocket

    ID Help

    Hello, I'm new here,. I dug this up about 20 years ago while digging for Native American artifacts near Waco TX but have never found out what it was. ID help please. Thank you
  2. Hello everyone. May I ask if this foot claw is real? Is its blood groove carved? Thank you for your opinion. mmexport1708851998534.mp4
  3. Shellseeker

    Raptor Claw

    Peace River find. I think it is a Raptor claw. Would appreciate any other possibilities. Some questions: Can we tell left or right foot ? Which digit (Obviously not hooked)? What Raptor? and finally.. Is it modern? @Auspex
  4. Good morning! Asking for help identifying 3 fossils (two on one rock) found in riverbed in Val Verde county near Del Rio, Texas. The first 4 images are of one rock with two features. The shell imprint might be a Pecten Texana bivalve (from online fossil ID site)? The other feature might be some form of sponge like the family Clionaida?? Both features are covered with fine crystals giving a lovely glitter - any thoughts on how/why that process happened? Final three images I think are a random rock, but the shape does mimic an image online of a vertebrate toe-claw of some sort, so curious about this. Thanks in advance for any thoughts!
  5. I bought a dinosaur claw from Niger. Locality is always a problem, but I am hoping to get an general label on this claw. So far I got two suggestions from my own network: it looks like a Sauropod claw or Iguanodontian. Most sauropod claws in my collection are 'flatter' (vertical) and more oval. This claw more round and flat (horizontal). The claw is 12 cm (long) and 5 cm (high). Hope to get some more insights on this nice claw. Thanks!
  6. Daze

    Sauropod claw prep

    Just purchased this Sauropod ungual/claw from Niger, haven't received it yet though. I want to prep it a bit to make it look a little better, for instance some restoration to the tip. Also I notice the black/darker patches on the bone which I see a lot on claws from Niger. Are these remnants of bone or is this matrix?
  7. Hello, I saw this Spinosaurus claw for sale today and it looked "okay" to me . Clean , no matrix , good shape . But the photos are a bit weird : no near photos, photos just from two sides (maybe to hide restorations) . Whats your opinion on it ? It was found in the Kemkem beds, morocco.
  8. I saw this Allosaurus claw for sale today . I dont know how a real Allosaurus claw looks like , so I wanted to ask If its real or fake . It shows some bone texture at the back , but it looks a bit weird (to me). It was found in Wyoming, where exactly wasnt said . Its from the jurassic period . 11 cm in length .
  9. I saw this dinosaur finger for sale today. Its labeled as Spinosaurus finger but it looks more like Abelisaurus or Deltadromeus . Is it even real or from the same dinosaur ? Whats your opinion about it ? Found in: Kemkem beds, morocco From the upper cretaceous
  10. Found in Garfield Montana Unsure if this is a foot or hand claw even after reading Troodons guide multiple times. I want to know if it's foot or hand What digit If it's a Dromaeosaur Thank you!
  11. Good Evening Everyone, After reviewing the two topics I saw on spinosaurus claws I still find myself questioning my own identification of these two spinosaurus claws. I was wondering if any of you more experienced forum goers could give these a look and help me verify if they are real? Thank you for any support
  12. Hi everyone! Looking for help in ID-ing a found object from the beach. We are absolutely bewildered as to what this is! details: -Found 1 hour north of Sydney, Australia on the beach -Heavy, fossilised object with very distinct “ribbon” like formation patter on end -texture is reminiscent of a claw or tusk -plaque-like material in crevices (it is not sand)
  13. Hi everyone! I have my eye on a Kem Kem spino claw and was hoping for a second opinion on the potential presence of shenanigans. The top looks great, but the bottom has a pretty clear difference in coloration between the tip area and the back. Although that doesn't seem to go beyond the bottom so it might just be a fluke in the mineralization or just differing levels of exposure. So what do you all think? Any insight is appreciated as always!
  14. Hi folks First post - absolute newbie to the subject, so please go easy on me (especially as what I propose doing may well be seen as vandalism by some!). I have a dinosaur obsessed partner (Velociraptors in particular) and I'd like to get her a unique gift. So I was thinking of purchasing as nice a tooth or claw as I can get my hands on and somehow attach it to a necklace. I guess the easiest way to do this would be to drill a small hole through it, but how viable is this in reality? I appreciate this is probably a 'depends on the example in question' question, but how likely am I to reduce a lovely piece of history into a crumbled mess? Are these typically quite solid materials? Would their be a preferred material between a tooth or claw? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Scott
  15. prehistoricpeasant

    Is this a theropod claw?

    Found in the Horse Shoe Canyon formation (Alberta) with several bones including theropod teeth. It has the right shape and size to be a claw. Any ideas? About 1 inch long
  16. SarahGaz

    Shark teeth?

    Hi, we have discovered the items in the image attached and wondered if these are sharks teeth? location Mexico Carribean coast thank you!
  17. I posted a topic in the prep subforum, but I guess it's also a general question. I notice that a lot of dinosaur claws from Niger have raised patches of black material on them and I'm wondering what this is. Is it hard rock/matrix attached to the bone or are they remnants of the original bone. Sometimes they seem to have some bone texture, other times they are very rough and rugose. Here are a few photos of what I mean. @LordTrilobite@jpc
  18. So you want to buy a Spinosaurus Claw? Then this might help you. This is a guide I wanted to set up for a while to help others in finding and buying a real claw. Its mostly focused on new collectors. I have noticed recently many people are searching and ending up with fake claws. This made me upset, and I wanted to reach out, and hopefully safe some people from this trap. A disclaimer: this is based on my experiences and opinions, by no means im a Paleontologist or do I know everything, but since I have started collecting, I have been obsessed with searching for claws, and you learn allot along the way, and by talking to other fanatics and sharing information. The photos I have used are from the past, taken from the web , the forum, or auction platforms, or personal. Special thanks to some members on this forum who have helped and still help me with sharing they knowledge. At this moment there are more fake claws than real claws to be find online and in stores. This is very important to know. Its very problematic. And its a big business. Im focussing in this topic specifically on 'Spinosaurids' Handclaws from Marokko. Keep in mind a real claw is very expensive, we cannot talk about prices here , but im just stating , finding a good real claw cheap is like winning the lottery. Also keep in mind a claw is much much more rare then a tooth. The Spinosaurus had only 3 of them on each hand. While it shed tooth and regrown them its whole life span, this is why a Spinosaurus tooth is not so expensive and rare. Another thing to keep remembering, do not trust any dealer / or seller blindly, I have seen fake claws being sold by dealers who have a good reputation. Im not at all saying they did it on purpose. Its up to you to educate yourself enough to know what your doing. Also do not fall for the trap of 'with authenticity documents' it does not mean anything, and can be made by anyone. Key things that are very difficult to imitate are the bloodgroves, running from both sides, and the bone structure, that runs around and follows curve of the claw, and the general shape of the claw. Finding a complete unrestored claw is even rarer, most of them have a missing tip, or back end, much like Dinosaur teeth also, the tip is very fragille, and usually restored, or glued together. Complete ones are very rare. There is also something to say on what of the three claws your dealing with , the tumb claw is the most valuable and thickest so the most wanted , they can be massive. The bigger the claw the higher the price, its as simple as that. Im dividing this topic in 6 sections with photos, what to look for, what to run away from. Ill start with the bad, going down to the best. Mostly highlighting the traps. 1 - fake composite claws the most common 2 - Carved bone caws 3 - partially fake composite claws (very misleading and dangerous 4 - poorly preserved, but real claws 5 - restored enhanced claws 6 - real claws 1. Here we have some examples of fake composited claws. There are tons of them on the web, Ive selected a few of them to make the point. Look at the wierd curved shape, horrible! another very bad composed one , look at the awe full non smooth shape And here a pretty common thing you see with fake composed claws, they sure parts of bone in their creation , to make it appear real, bellow I've marked were Another bad example, notice the overdone bloodgroves, clearly made by man. Ive quickly marked some parts where you can see random parts of bone have been added. 2. Ok so now we move on to carved from bone claws. Ive highlighted one specific one that was pretty misleading. It looked almost to perfect, and they had managed to more or less let the bone structure follow up curve of the claw. Ive almost ended up buying this claw (luckily I did not) the week after the seller had posted an almost identical , proving even more it was a fake the chance of having two claws that are almost identical is 0 in ? . Looking back at it, I think its made from multiple bone parts shifted to make it appear that it follows the curve, the shape is also to perfect to be real. They also ad these cracks with some filler, to give it a more authentic appeal ! look out for these. Here al two other carved bone claws. For the untrained eye, real, because you see 'bone' its very misleading and dangerous, a complete fake. Ive made some markings, showing the straight line of the bone structure. This should have been curved , following the curve of the claw. Another thing to notice is the almost perfect unnatural shape, especially the back end. The cracks they add on purpose to make them appeal authentic. 100% fake. One more: Again spot the straight line structure. 3. Ok so now I move on to partially fake composite claws (very misleading and dangerous) it contains parts of a real claw, but its overall fake. Ive highlighted one claw as a clear example. Notice a small part of the middle area to be real, and the tip also, they have kept these parts and added composite around it, to make it appear as an a authentic claw. 4. Now we move on to poorly preserved, but real claws. A choice of the buyer whether you want to invest in this or not. It can be nice if the price is good. Usually the price is for these are almost the same as other real claws though. But at least you are not buying a fake. A very nice and huge tumb claw , it clearly shows the bone structure following up the curve of the claw. It also shows us a clear mark were it was broken and fixed back together with filler and glue. In my opinion still very nice to have. A large authentic claw, but it has allot of hard matrix still attached to it. This can be dangerous if you are not knowing what to look for. Notice the bone structure small holls, and the bloodgrove. And last a small but real handclaw, a bit poorly preserved. 5 - Ok now we take a look at Restored enhanced claws, these can be tricky also. A fair seller should provide you with a before and after photo. If you are OK with it, you can move along, but know its not an authentic complete claw. They make them apear bigger, better, etc. Personally I always prefer authentic. Photo of the claw as it has been found. Here is an example of a before and after. The same claw after the restoration? Can you recognize it? Also notice the redish color batch they add to cover up the resto. Another example bellow of a real claw that has been restored, and colored the same way. Hard to say what the original would have looked. And last another one were I have marked the real part, and most likely the complete tip has been restored. 6. And then we Finally move on to the REAL claws Here we see a very fine example of a middle sized claw Notice the beautiful bone structure, the small holes, and the flawless color, and the bloodgrove. Another nice example, completely authentic with some filler. Very nice example. Good tip and back end. Two other very nicely preserved examples, with the typical Kem Kem colorization. Another nice one I think its the middle claw of the hand. It has been cracked in three parts but clearly visible and real. Another example, it shows a clear bone structure, blood grove etc. These things are very hard to imitate. So there we go , Hope this helps some collectors! I might edit some along the way. Apologies for some typo errors it might contain. English is not my native language.
  19. Dino-nugget

    Is this a claw?

    Hello all! I am wondering if anyone can let me know if what I found is anything that belongs in this forum (a fossil) and if so, what it may belong to. I found this at a beach in Oahu near Honolulu. Outside of an interest in all things Dino (basic knowledge), I have never hunted for fossils and stumbled upon this in the hopes of finding a good shell or a shark tooth, but really know nothing. So any clarification is appreciated!
  20. Hi guys, I bring you this new topic regarding this 8cm Spinosaurus sp. claw. Do you think it's real or fare? I rely on you who are certainly more prepared than me ahahahahah. Thank you very much!
  21. PeaceRiverHistory

    Florida finger bone or claw

    Hello TFF, This is an older peace river find of mine that still stumps me, the closest guess of mine is some kind of claw based on the articulating surface and potentially a sloth “thumb” bone or something similar. I appreciate any advice or leads. Thank you!
  22. We found this is the mother in laws house here in central cambodia today. I don't have a clue what I'm looking at, someone please tell me about it thank you
  23. C2fossils

    Florida claw / tooth? ID please

    I got this online and all I know is that it was found in Florida. Any help is appreciated. (Ruler is in inches)
  24. musicnfossils

    Tiny Theropod Claw

    Found this super, super small claw today. Just over half an inch in length. Looks kind of ornithomimid but I’m not sure. Anyone have a better guess? dinosaur park fm
  25. Fin Lover

    Crab claw 11.26.23

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