Tag Archives: amber

Is that fossil real?

One of the most popular questions we’re asked is how to tell if a fossil is fake. Especially to urbanites in a young country with few historical relics, it seems almost mindboggling to be actually holding a specimen that’s millions of years … Continue reading

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Recreating dinosaurs, really

Ever since the Jurassic Park movies, the world has been entralled with the possibility of recreating dinosaurs. Unlike the movies however, studies in the early 1990s that successfully extracted DNA from insects trapped in 40 million-year old fossilised amber, as … Continue reading

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Paleo-prospecting

Singapore is a geological infant and has very limited in situ fossils to dig around for. On the other hand, embarking on overseas fossil hunting expeditions may be logistically challenging for some of us. You would strain to even find … Continue reading

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Faking it?

Fossil fraud is a rising problem in today’s commercial fossil markets, and I’m frequently asked how to discern fake fossils from the real deal. First, we need to recognise that there are different types of fakes: 1. Casts. Fakes are … Continue reading

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What are fossils?

Fossils are the preserved remains of ancient lifeforms that remain in the geological record, as a result of the fossilisation process. This process allows the prehistoic organisms to retain their original forms even after millions of years. For instance, these organisms … Continue reading

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