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  1. Hello, i saw this Spinosaurus jaw on auction today. The tooth seems real, but the jaw looks like it would come straight up out of the mold, where the Sand was placed in. Found in Kemkem beds, morocco Sorry for the random floating fingers, i still dont know why sellers use their hand for measurement.
  2. Hello, i saw this big Spinosaurus tooth (14cm) on auction today, and it looks very good to me. But the root is a bit suspicious. It doesnt match with the colors and texture of the real tooth. Was a fake root formed to gain more centimeters to make it more valuebale ? It was found in the Kemkem beds of morocco.
  3. really cool fossil turns out to be really cool fake, but it had long puzzled scientists so it did not completely fool everybody, and may not even be an intentional attempt to deceive link for details
  4. Ancient Fossil That Baffled Scientists For Decades Finally Reveals Its True Identity, Michelle Starr, Nature, February 16, 2024 280-Million-Year-Old Mystery Solved As Forged Fossil's "Skin" Identified As Paint The "soft tissues" of this partial forgery were painted on, but it isn't a total fake. Rachael Funnell, IFL Science, February 16, 2024 The open access paper is; Rossi, V., Bernardi, M., Fornasiero, M., Nestola, F., Unitt, R., Castelli, S. and Kustatscher, E. (2024), Forged soft tissues revealed in the oldest fossil reptile from the early Permian of the Alps. Palaeontology, 67: e12690. https://doi.org/10.1111/pala.12690 Yours, Paul H.
  5. A 280 million year old fossil that purportedly showed early reptile development and supposedly showing rare soft tissue preservation has been shown to be paint over a carved skeleton..... Even museums can be fooled I guess. The should have posted it here in the us it real section first I guess! https://phys.org/news/2024-02-paleontological-analysis-renowned-fossil-thought.html
  6. It can be very difficult to tell from pictures, a lot of the time, fossils that are misidentified, completely fake, composites, restored etc. This one is very easy to tell. I'm always looking for petrified wood on-line from a couple of the large auction sites and came across this piece. It made me laugh when I saw it, so I thought I would post it for other TFF members to enjoy. If you can't see immediately the multiple problems with the piece description, based upon the below pictures (there were many more pictures in the post), do not buy fossils on-line. At least the seller posted a good number of decent pictures from all angles, not the couple of blurry, grainy pictures that you normally would see for items like this. EDIT: Do not try a burn test on this piece to determine if it is a fossil or modern, unless you are burning it to heat your house. Item description: Petrified Wood Piece With A Real Marijuana Leaf Fossilized Marco Sr.
  7. Quite regularly, questions turn up about the authenticity of Keichosaurus fossil specimens. Until now, most, if not all, were natural, but mostly just very poorly prepped. Would you like to show off "real" fakes, casts or replicas of Keichosaurus? I would like to get a feeling for them, at least from pics. If there already exists such a topic somewhere else in the forum, please put a link in this topic. Thank you very much! Franz Bernhard
  8. Hello all, Recently I purchased a pair of tooth from a seller who sold me real keichousaurus and another real frog fossil based on forum opinions. He says this pair is from the same animal. I don’t even know if it’s Smilodon or Machairodus, nor do I have information about locality except that it was originally from China. Main reason I’m asking the forum is that as this is my first time owning saber cat teeth I’m not sure if they are always this light? 31-33 grams per piece only. It doesn’t seem cast with the great amount of detail. And about restoration it was broken and repaired, which is what the seller also said. Best wishes
  9. Hello , I saw this Spinosaurus jaw for sale today and wanted to know If thats a real one or a fake one (because there are so many fake ones on the Internet) . It looks real and fake at the same time to me , real because of that magnificant lip which many fake ones dont have , and fake because of the weird looking toothsockets and the man made looking demolition edge . What do you think ? Edit : I Just saw that one other member of the Forum posted about the same jaw a couple hours ago 😅
  10. I was hoping I could get some feedback on whether this fossil is real or not. The bones and scales definitely look real to me even under magnification. The thing that is throwing me is the matrix. It looks like plaster to me rather then rock. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated and if anyone knows the species that would be great as well.
  11. Hi guys, on a website I found this dinosaur footprint for sale. It was discovered in Germany. In your opinion is it real o fake? Thanks a lot!
  12. The seller knows nothing about this one. Anyone thinks it is good to acquire?
  13. The seller said its a real pterosaur tooth but im a bit suspicious can it come from another animal or just complete fake?
  14. 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!
  15. Hi! I recently purchased the following Keichousaurus Hui. Although I have a modest fossil collection primarily consisting of Trilobites, this is my first Keichousaurus fossil. I had a chance to inspect the fossil first hand in the store before purchasing and while it looks quite nice to me, I would appreciate feedback from this group. IMHO, the piece is very attractive and presentable as a display piece (and it carried a correspondingly 'display piece' price!). I don't have any major concerns other than maybe the piece is too nice as it is nearly symmetrical, the detail is very fine, etc. Here is what I have observed: 1) The fossil is extremely 3D with well defined relief. Bones are thick, heavy, dark and well articulated. The fingers and toes in particular are very well defined. 2) The neck loop is very unique and the 'physical loop looks right' in that the bones go under and around each other in a believable way. 3) I did a very light acetone test on most bones, including the fingers and there was a bit of soil that came up. I did not see evidence of ink, nor did any of the bone detail wipe off. 4) The head is very detailed with needle like bones that might be teeth? 5) The matrix is soft and from the side is clearly layered. The back side of the matrix is flaking off and has a section that appears a little glossy... perhaps epoxy of some kind was used to shore up a weak back side? 6) There are thin cracks/striations that cross the specimen. These line up with the natural lines of the animal, so it does not appear that it is a composite. 7) There are no bubbles that I can see. 8) There appear to be a jumbled lump of bones in the gut... maybe the little guy's last meal? I have a ten day purchase guarantee from the seller and would love to keep this piece for display. Would appreciate the experts in this forum to help give me some confidence as to the quality of this piece, thank you! Jason
  16. I am really considering aquiring this claw. I would have to sell some stuff for it but I really want to be sure. Handclaw of a Suchomimus. Niger. Besides the obvious repair and prep it needs. Do you guys see issues or things to avoid?
  17. Hi, I know very little of fossils and bought these two spinosaurus teeth (did not pay much). Said to be from Kem kem. Afterwards I have realized that there are a lot of fake teeth on the market. One of the teeth I bought looks nice but maybe it has been repaired? The other one looks not so nice. Is it a mixture of sand and glue on it? Gluing three pieces together. Or can a tooth look like this when it is found? Even if they have been repaired and/or glued, they are still real fossils right? Both are about 2.5 inch. /Johan
  18. Came across with this cheap bargain hadrosaur egg, wondering if its actually a crushed egg or just rock and dirt concretion, the dealer gave me a video of it but im not sure if i can post it here so il just post the image.
  19. So these possible eggs (rocks) were acquired from a chinese dealer back in the 70's and somehow came to a local shop to me where they knew nothing about authenticating them. The information I was told is they are from the Hunan Province in China. They were told to have been placed in the matrix base. Measurements: Egg 1- 4"x4" Egg 2- 4"x4" Egg 3- 4.5"x4.5" I even got them CT scanned which you can see the kinda blurry results but i'm curious... Are they real?... If so what kind?
  20. Hello everyone! What do you think, this is real or fake? I discovered some little spots of black paint. It has cracks filled with glue too.
  21. Location is kem kem beds, seller said less than 5% restoration. I know nothing about claws but this one almost looks too good to be true and too perfect but I’m not sure how to definitively tell if it’s real or fake
  22. I'm thinking about buying this Keichsosaurus, found in China, at Taiwan since 1980. Since there are so many fakes of the Keichsosaurs out there: is it real or a colorful fake? Size: 23 x 12 cm Size Keichosaurus: about 29 cm long, male
  23. Considering saving up for this tooth. 104MM in length KemKem group, Taouz Morocco Really not sure on the root
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