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Buying at the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil showcase

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Visitors to the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase may want to make sure they do their homework before opening their wallets to purchase fossils at any of the shows. 

It is not illegal to sell fake jewelry, minerals or fossils as long as businesses are up front about the product they are selling and letting buyers know it is not real.

Many people may be wondering if it's possible to tell what's real just by looking at it, for some things it is, others may not be so easy. 

One Paleontologist Tucson News Now spoke with stated real fossils are supposed to be heavy, so if the fossil is on the light side that should be the first sign it is not authentic.  

Dealers should also let the buyer pick up a piece and touch it before they purchase it. 

"Most fossils when found, actually most of them are broken, cracked, missing something so when you see a perfect fossil with no flaws in it, it doesn't happen, but it's extremely rare," stated Chris Morrow, a commercial paleontologist. 

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