Fossil dealer, fossil for sale, dinosaur fossils, fossil plants, fossil tooth, invertebrate fossils all relate to us; however, what do we mean when we use the word "fossil"? Many persons, including some collectors, believe that for something to be a fossil it must have been a living thing and be hard, like rock. This is not always true as hair and bones, for example, can be fossilized but still retain the flexibility and composition of the original material. In addition, a fossil may be something other than the actual remains of a living creature. It may be a natural "cast" where material filled the empty cavity left by some long extinct living organism. In other instances, it may be nothing more than an impression. Of more recent discovery is the fossil mammoth hair from Siberia. Yes, real preserved hair from these shaggy creatures! There are numerous fossils for each collector - whether neophyte or advanced.
In actuality, a "fossil" is the preserved remains or traces of a living organism. Therefore, tracks of birds, dinosaurs, or other creatures preserved in the hardened mud or sandstone of a long vanished seashore, lake, stream, or pond are fossils - just as much as the remains of the long extinct creature itself. Fossils may be a feather, insect, or flower preserved in amber or copal (in this instance a fossil within a fossil as amber and copal are fossilized tree sap). The impression of a leaf, a fossil tooth from a giant shark, a dinosaur bone, or a million and one other ancient remains and imprints are part of the fossil record. It seems probable that dinosaur fossils are the most awe inspiring and eye-catching of all fossils (especially to children) but other vertebrate fossils can be just as interesting. Fossil insects and fossil plants may not as widely collected as some other fossils but that does not imply they cannot be as exciting to some collectors as bones may be to another. The important point to remember is that any fossil provides us with some insight to the past.
Our earth is roughly 4.5 billion years old but our geological history is less than 4 billion years old starting when the continental crust came together. Not long after that occurrence the first organisms appeared - algaes. Since that simple beginning, life on this planet has taken an evolutionary path with unsuccessful life forms falling by the wayside and successful forms replacing them.
We carry only authentic, legally collected, and professionally prepared fossils - no replicas, no reproductions, no fakes, no junk! It is sad to say that we encounter many so-called fossil dealers who carry low quality and poorly prepared specimens, as well as illegal, and even manufactured specimens. You can be assured that each and every fossil for sale by us is not only legitimate but also of good quality - many times at the same or even a lower price than mediocre specimens available elsewhere. As a professional fossil dealer, our reputation is on the line. Our valuable customer relationships are built on time and trust and we have many satisfied customers.
INFORMATION REGARDING REPAIR, ENHANCEMENT & RESTORATION:
the following pages you will find many well identified examples of the kinds and quality of
specimens that we, as a concerned and law-abiding fossil dealer, care to offer. Sections
are identified as follows:
Plants, Insects, and Miscellaneous