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  1. One of my favorite fossil types. Dinosaur eggs come in all shapes and sizes — from an oval as small as a thumb, to a sphere as big as a basketball. These fossils are often faked by the hundreds, if not thousands, in Chinese factories (China is also the world's richest source of true dinosaur eggs). However, there are also many natural-occurring objects mistaken as dinosaur eggs such as concretions or even fortuitously-shaped rocks. Despite these hurdles, dinosaur eggs remain one of the most desirable of all fossils. NOTE: Dinosaur egg and eggshells, by their nature as an ichnofossil, are challenging for private collectors to identify. None of the IDs I provide here are acceptable on a scientific level as I lack the tools to examine the cross section slices of my eggshells. However, for the sake of documentation I will still provide accurate names and locality here to the best of my ability. First up are my Oviraptorid eggs "Common" Name: Oviraptor egg Elongatoolithus sp. 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Basin, Guangdong "Common" Name: Citipati egg Macroolithus yaotunensis 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Basin, Guangdong Length: 8.78 inches (Note: Has composited eggshells) "Common" Name: Oviraptorid(small type) Nest Elongatoolithus sp. 71 - 66 mya | late Cretaceous Nanxiong Formation Guangdong
  2. Howdy! I read over the thread on dinosaur eggs and I'm still not sure if these are real. These two eggs supposedly come from the nanxiong formation of ganzhou China. They are being sold from South Korea.The texture of the egg shell looks like it could be Oviraptor. Is it suspicious that both eggs are listed as being the same size 18 x13 cm? Thanks.
  3. ecclector

    oviraptor egg prep?

    Hello fossil friends I will be acquiring a clutch described as Elongatoolithidae that came from a collection out of China in the 80s. Short of sending the piece out or acquiring a $1000+ air scribe setup, what can be done as far as getting rid of some of the calcite on top of the eggshell, or better expose the underlying details? I possess a dremel with many different attachments and access to the hardware store for more supplies. I've read that the matrix these are found in can be very hydrophilic so want to avoid turning it to mush. Thanks for any comments
  4. Othniel C. Marsh

    Chinese Dinosaur Eggshells

    Shown below are 3 different types of dinosaur eggshell, all said to be from the Gaugou Formation in China. The bottom left eggshell is labelled as coming from Dendroolithus, and I am confident in this identification. The other two types are supposed to come from Tarbosaurus bataar (top left) and Oviraptor philoceratops (right) however, and neither of these species are known from the Gaugou Formation, so the question is what they are actually from. Thanks in advance for any suggestions Othniel
  5. This oviraptor egg is said to be crystalized. The parts with no shell do seem to be agatized (?). Do you think it's a genuine egg? It is from Ganzhou of Jiangxi Province, China.
  6. Hi I found a seller claiming to sell real dinosaur eggs. They are on online auction site and the seller is in South Korea. I have read through the forum and was encouraged to post pictures here to help get an answer. I appreciate the help in advance.
  7. Looking at purchasing this oviraptor egg. Is it 100% real and natural or has it been restored / repaired in some areas.
  8. Hi, I'm new to the site. Can you help me determine if this "Oviraptor Egg" is authentic? It was purchased from a popular auction site and received less than a month ago. It is claimed to have been purchased from a Japanese collection which originally purchased the egg from its original owner in Mongolia in the 1980's.
  9. Gone are the days when high quality dino eggs were freely sold at public auctions. I recently borrowed some catelogues from Bonhams, IM Chait and Heritage Auction that were 10-20 years old and was amazed by what was once available for sale! Here are a few eggsamples of pictures I took from the catelogues. Therizinosar Eggs with embryo exposed. Two examples of oviraptor nests with the remains of their mother guarding her young from whatever disaster took all of their lives. A spectacular nest labeled Troodon formosus. A saltasaurus egg, one of the most prized dino eggs to collectors. Large section of an oviraptor nest. A nice example of a hadrosaur nest.
  10. Hello everyone, I have been looking at a pair of eggs on matrix. I believe they are real and good, they should be 'Oviraptor?' or perhaps another species , perhaps someone can help out. but just to be sure I want to post them here and perhaps get some opinions . They should have a small repair at the eggshell and at one that I have marked there was a crack that is repaired. Thoughts? Nice weekend everyone! f78d4a5feab7439096f0650fbba37ce4.MOV
  11. Dear dinosaur egg collectors, after buying my first spinosaurus tooth some weeks ago, I decided to look for a oviraptor egg. First I started reading threads in TFF where experts give hints to detect fake eggs (thanks for sharing your knowledge). Then I have read several threads where people ask if the eggs are real and I think I can detect most of the fake eggs now. But in this particular case I'm not sure if the egg below is real or fake? The egg shape is pretty wide from one angle. The shell is very complete and from my point of view the texture and pores continue after a crack in the shell. What do you guys think? Thanks for helping. Max
  12. I am not experienced in this at all and just looking for a quick opinion. There is an engraved date on bottom(1947) , would that mean it’s manufactured or do collectors date eggs when discovered? Thanks!
  13. I need some input to help determine if this oviraptor egg is real or fake. Supposedly there is some fossilized bone visible suggesting an embryo. I fully recognize how incredibly rare this is and I’m very much leaning toward fake, but I’d love to get a more experienced opinion.
  14. Hi all, Well here it is. Oviraptor egg from a 30 year old collection located in the United States. Bought first and read posts on here about fakes later. Smart right? I'll attach pictures but my concerns are 1. It isn't pancaked like most ones I see, 2. Texture changes on the surface could be matrix repairs, 3. On broken areas shell thickness is not consistent. I'll add the best pictures I can. Almost looks like it was painted in the last picture. Thoughts on this would be appreciated. Good or bad lol.
  15. hi folks, Im thinking of buying a cluster of Oviraptor from a seller who says he got these at a gem/fossil show over 10 years ago. He says he preps fossils and has extensive experience but has not finished prepping these particular eggs and won't get around to abrading them out of the matrix. I told him they are fake but he insists they are not, so I wanted to put it to the test here. thanks for your help.
  16. Hi, Newbie here. Wondering if these items are real. The pair are billed as oviraptor eggs. The other is billed as a hadrosaur egg. Thanks very much for sharing your thoughts! Best, Z!
  17. Hey guys, I came across this “oviraptor egg” and was tempted to buy it. However, it is being sold very cheap and is from China, where a lot of faux fossils are made. Would anyone know whether this is real? Thanks
  18. Just interested in the opinions of these Oviraptor Eggs I saw in a gallery They say they are from Nanxiong China, with minimal restoration. They look real to me especially with all the detailing on the shells and they are very heavy. The gallery seems to be reputable but I wanted to see what people on here thought.
  19. Heyhey! It's that good time of the year, Christmas! And boy, have Universal granted us an almighty gift! It's a sneak peek into the new Jurassic World film: JWorld Dominion ! I won't spoil anything so you can watch it yourself, but it looks pretty cool... Now, I'm assuming you all know the basis of this film, and if you don't, well, it's already been announced by them, and explained in the last Jurassic World, but, still, out of courtesy, I will hide this behind a white text wall! Highlight the text below if you already know, or want to. Don't worry if you don't, it's honestly not a spoiler, I just know people like to go into it not knowing a thing! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So, in the previous film Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the deeno dinos get released towards the end, and we see them begin to settle in to the USA. The basis of Dominion is quite simply that they are living among us, which, seems pretty cool of a concept!!! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- And, here's what I gathered from the trailer. First of all, the sound effects were fricking awesome! Those pterosaurs sounded absolutely gorgeous, and the CGI was quite something. However, there was one thing. ONE THING... Y'all remember this thread? Oh, when will it end!? The new prologue features a very pretty looking Oviraptor, who is pictured... I can barely bring myself to say it, but here we go. HUNTING EGGS!!! Oh dear, poor little beastie. Film looks super good though, can't wait to watch it! June 2022 is going to be amazing.
  20. FF7_Yuffie

    Oviraptor finger fossil?

    Hi Is the id on this as been fossilised Oviraptor finger/digits accurate? Ignore the text "claw" its mistranslation from the collector--supplier clarified it as been finger bones. It is 6cm long. Ganzhou, Nanxiong Formation. Unfortunately, seller is away for a few days, so I may struggle to get more info. This photo was in the recent batcg he sent. I know it may be difficult to get an id with this. It seems small at 6 cm for Ovi too, im wondering if juvie, or a smaller species.
  21. FF7_Yuffie

    A fat egg - GangZhou

    Hello, Does anyone know what this egg is from? It looks fatter and less elongated than the oviraptor eggs, but isn't as round as Hadrosaur eggs. Quite unusual. The shell looks different too, not as speckled as the oviraptor eggs. It's from GangZhou, Nanxiong Formation.
  22. I recently got offered a nest of 3 oviraptor eggs in what I think is great condition. I trust the source I’m getting it from but I wanted to run it by you guys to double check that they’re authentic. let me know what you think!
  23. I purchased these as Ingenia yanshini which I think became Ajancingenia, which then became and is currently Heyuannia. The formation provided is the Djadochta Formation, but that doesn't seem right since Ingenia/Heyuannia is not found there as far as I've checked. Unfortunately, there isn't provenance other than Mongolia attached to them to say whether they come from the Barun Goyot Formation where Heyuannia yanshini is found. While I'm not necessarily doubting the original ID, I just don't really know. I'm not expecting a positive or diagnostic ID to the genus level, but I wanted to at least know whether or not I can label this to Oviraptoridae indet., possibly Heyuanniinae indet. The original ID is a bit of an odd one, but it might have just been one of the few oviraptorids described at the time. Last I checked, there are now tons of recently described oviraptorid genera in Mongolia and China. The pair of phalanges with supposedly the semilunate carpal attached which I think is the smaller section? I know one of them did have glue in-between them when I lightly smeared it with acetone using a cotton swab. They are associated coming from the same sandstone block, apparently along with other shattered phalanges. Although I don't know if these actually came from the same animal since one looks ever so slightly larger. There is some sort of clump of sand or crystalized piece attached, as well as light beige or cream colored matrix. Not sure if that narrows down a formation, probably not, but I do see a lot of matrix from Mongolia tend to be red-ish color similar to the Kem Kem Beds. Any input is appreciated. There's probably a lesson to be learned here . . .
  24. Hello, What are people's thoughts on these? Three eggs and one partial, plus some bits of shell. Given its poor condition, it looks ok to my eyes, but others know better than me. It's a shame there's not more eggshell coverage--but nests of oviraptors are always out of my price range, so this will be a more budget way for me to get a nest. Also, would these 3 eggs from a different nest that fossilised together? Because most nest fossils I see they are arranged in a sort of circular shape, rather than a big blob, Or is it just that in fossilisation they've been bundled around? Thanks
  25. Hello, A second egg Im interested in-- an, at first glance, much better one. It's Oviraptor, from Ganzhou, Jiangxi, China. Edit - size - 17.5cm It looks to have really good shell coverage, but am a little concerned at the cracks, whether some of it might be shells from other eggs glued in place. I'd love to hear others thoughts on it.
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