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  1. 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
  2. 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?
  3. 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.
  4. Is this oviraptor egg real?
  5. 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?
  6. 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
  7. Hi! Is this a real egg? It's for sale as Segnosaurus galbinensis from Ganzhou (China, Cretaceous). Can be true? Thanks
  8. Looking at purchasing this oviraptor egg. Is it 100% real and natural or has it been restored / repaired in some areas.
  9. Came across this tooth on the internet. Although not my own interest, it does make an interesting conversation. How much of this tooth is real? It's 7,5 inches in length. Spinosaurid.
  10. Hi I’ve been looking for a juvenile T Rex tooth and I came across this one, I was wondering if I can have some help to see if this is real? Thanks -Daniel
  11. I need some opinions on this one, is it real and what genus is it? It isn't a Hollardops and it is quite small.
  12. Hi all my first thread here… How to tell if this is a real saber tooth skull? Data I know so far makes me suspicious… Origin: Asia / Hong Kong Dealer: Private CoA: Nothing, only photos. Provenance: bought at a fossil fair in 1980 (so, nothing to validate here…) The skull was prepped with a liquid to prevent sucking up water from air. Kind regards flashy
  13. Opinions on these images? Mosasaur skull seems too good to be true for a size this big from what I’m seeing but I don’t know how to judge. It looks relatively real to me but wanted you guys to weigh in. It’s like 3 feet long.
  14. I am looking for a nice Ungual claw. Hadrosaur. So this one looked nice in the first place. Says to be a PES claw from an Edmontosaurus. 2 11/16 x 2 3/4 in size. Hell Creek Fm., Garfield county Montana USA Is everything natural with this one or should i be searching for a better one?
  15. I recently bought the "fossil" pictured below. I was told it was a dinosaur but that was all they knew. Because of the lack of information and the low price, I'm inclined to believe it is a fake. However, it looks very real, though I would guess it's an aquatic lizard, not a dinosaur. I wanted to get the opinion of those in this forum as to whether or not it is real, and regardless of authenticity, see if anyone knows what animal it is. The slab is about 9 x 5/12 inches (23 x 14 centimeters). Also note that my camera auto adjusts the pictures and adds extra contrast, making the fossil in the picture look extra dark and the slab lighter. The first picture is the most color accurate. Thank you all!
  16. Hi. I need some help on this claw. I read the topics on buying claws but i still find it very hard to tell if its real or not . Is this one worth buying and if its real how much of it is restauration . Thanks
  17. Hell everyone, I received fossils from Morocco. And half of them are broken. But this isn’t the main topic here. I took pictures for 4 fossils. May I know they’re real or fake, pleas? if they’re real, I would like to know what they are. Thank you very much. Fossil A: Frontal skull of Spinosaurus? Fossil B: pterosaur beak? Mouth? Fossils C: pterosaur beak? Mouth? Fossils D: Ulna bone of Spinosaurus? Thank you very much
  18. Hi everyone! One of the goals for my collection is to eventually own a keichousaurus fossil as they’ve come to really fascinate and captivate me. I’ve done some research externally and on the forum about how to identify real or fake or restored keich fossils and I wanted your guys’ input on this specimen I’ve recently come across. Admittedly, the prep work on this keich fossil, if real, is pretty bad and is definitely not something I’d go after, but I wanted to see if my bit of research has payed off. My guess is that the specimen is real, however, it seems to me like it’s had a very unpleasant acid prep done to it with some sort of restoration in the distal bones, possible in the tail too. What do you think? I’d love to hear your guy’s thoughts.
  19. Hi everyone, as I was looking for Carcharodontosaurus claws. I came upon this other claw instead. A handclaw (16,5 cm) from KemKem Basin, Taouz Morocco. What is your opinion on this claw?
  20. Just received this rhino jaw piece from indonesia and would like to get some opinions if its real and do you seen any repair or resto?
  21. I just want some opinions regarding those two trilobites Zlichovaspis trilobites. Do they look ok? Which one in your opinion should I choose? I thank you all in advance.
  22. Found this Drotops for sale from someone in my town. It looks weird to me, I need some opinions regarding this.
  23. So I am thinking of getting this trilobite. The seller seems fine with nice specimens. This one though because it doesn't have a finding crack (I asked him in a message and indeed there isn't one) I was a little hesitant to proceed as I have heard that it is important for the originality of a Morocan trilobite to have one. I need some opinions on this matter.
  24. Hi there, I am hoping some experts could help me determine if this tooth is real or not. I did some research and it appears to be a megalodon tooth (possible fake?) from the Pungo River Formation. I found it at a thrift shop and my Fiance was pretty annoyed I would spend so much on a fake tooth. It is odd to find at a thrift shop/red cross so that is why i am asking as well... Curious what you guys think this could be worth if you in fact think it is real.. i measure the longest point from the tip to the root edge at just over 5.5" (its difficult to show this in a picture). As a non-expert, I feel this could be real as it is fairly heavy, it does not seem like something cast in a single mold, the coloring is imperfect like it is natural and there are alot of different textures. The root is rougher, the enamel is very smooth and the part under the enamel looks like what i would think as bone. Super curious what everyone thinks! My fiancé is not too happy about me spending [price removed] on a fake tooth... HELP!
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