Guide - How To Identify Fossil Fakes: What You Need To Know

Guide - How To Identify Fossil Fakes: What You Need To Know

Being able to tell if a fossil is a fake specimen or not is a daunting task, especially for novice collectors. Given the high number of questions with regards to this topic, not only here but also in other forums, I've decided to create a guide to help other collectors. And I've made it available for free obviously. There I have put pictures from specimens I've found during the years, and an extensive reference of dishonest practices that forgers use.

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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Fossil Basics
  • Fossil Alterations - The Classification
    • Before The Fossil is Found
    • After the Fossil is Found
      • Preparation & Repairs
      • Restorations
      • Aesthetics
      • Complete Fakes
  • How to Confirm or Discard if a Fossil is a Fake - The Checklist
    • Provenance and Context
    • Price
    • Taphonomy, Physical Properties and Morphology
    • Testing
  • A Visual Guide
    • Dinosaur Teeth
    • Dinosaur Bones
    • Dinosaur Claws
    • Mosasaur Jaws
  • Final words

Written by Juan A. Poblador

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