Today we added a whole bunch of new types of bulk fossils available for purchase on FossilEra.com These inexpensive fossils make great gifts or educational samples. There are several types of ammonites, trilobites, fossil shark teeth, corals, gastropods, echinoderms and more. Check out out bulk fossils section.
We were a little frustrated at the lack of cool fossil and prehistoric animal posters out there, that were both scientifically accurate, but also looked good. So we recently embarked on a project to design some of our own. We started off with this cool Megalodon infographic poster which we now have avaible for sale in a 24x36" version, which would look pretty sweat hanging on your wall. We have two different styles available. Check them out. You can also find a shareable online version of these posters here.
It's always interesting to be able to show the work that goes into a well prepared fossil specimen. Actually collecting the fossils is often the easier and less time consuming part than the preparation. This is a beautiful preparation sequence of a very spiny Koneprusia trilobite quarried near Foum Zguid, Morocco. Despite being only about an inch and a half in length, nearly 130 hours of work went into this specimen under microscope.
FossilEra is the largest online retailer of authentic fossil specimens. We have a very diverse client base spanning the range of collectors, educational institutions, museums and people just looking for a unique gift. We pride ourselves in not only providing an unparalleled product, but an exceptional customer experience.
As we have grown we need to bring on additional staff to help photograph, package, and ship ship customer orders. We are currently hiring for two full-time positions in our Bothell, Washington warehouse.
Most "raptors" (Dromaeosaur) were small dinosaurs about the size of the turkey or dog. For decades fossil teeth have been found hinting at the presence of a gigantic type of Dromaeosaur in the Hell Creek Formation. Based on the remains of an adult individual discovered in South Dakota in 2005 a new genus of gigantic raptor has been described, Dakotaraptor steini. The discovery represents the first giant dromaeosaur from the Hell Creek Formation, and the most recent in the fossil record worldwide.
At nearly 20 feet long and sporting a 7.5 inch killing claw Dakotaraptor would have been a terror to any herbivores in its territory.
Drawing of Dakotaraptor by RJ Palmer, produced for Urvogel Games LLC's in-development game Saurian
In the spring of 2015 the Eocene aged Green River Formation near Kemmerer, Wyoming yielded another amazing fossil discovery. A fully articulated primitive horse ancestor, since nicknamed “Olive”, was found by brothers Mark and Mike Oliver. While this locality is known world wide for it’s amazingly preserved fish fossils, they immediately knew they had discovered something very different and special. Their first move was to call in expert help.
Jason Cooper (who recently discovered “Elvis”, the first complete Torvosaurus), along with Brock Sisson of Dinosaur Dynasty were able to lend a hand. They share over 30 years to experience discovering, excavating and preparing a broad range of fossils. While the Olivers knew they had something special they didn’t immediately know what it was. Jason and Brock were able to quickly determine that they had discovered a primitive horse ancestor, only the second one EVER found in the Green River Formation.
The problem of fake and forged fossils is an ongoing issue both to collectors and academic paleontologists, though it certainly isn’t a new problem. Interest in the prehistoric predator the Mosasaurus has soared due to its prominence in Jurassic World.
Unfortunately, fake Mosasaurus jaws are one of the most prevalent and widely available forgeries out there. Hundreds of them can be found all over the Internet, Ebay, rock shops, fossil shows, and I’ve even seen them make their way into collections used for educational purposes. Most of the time they are sold as being “authentic”, and I actually think most of the time the sellers don’t even realize they are peddling fakes.
We created a Fossils of Jurassic World page, dedicated to the fossils we have in are inventory for dinosaurs and reptiles featured in Jurassic World and the Jurassic Park series. These include teeth from dinosaurs such as T-Rex, Triceratops, Raptors, Spinosaurus and reptiles such as Mosasaurus. We had to fudge a little bit by including closely related animals by including teeth from all Mosasaurs not just the genus Mosasaurus and from raptors in general not just Velociraptors. This gives us a much better selection and hey, the dinosaurs in Jurassic World are all hybrids anyways ;)
The recent discovery of the first, nearly complete Torvosaurus in Colorado has unveiled the ruler of the real Jurassic World. Dubbed “Elvis”, this gigantic Megalosaur is the largest complete predatory dinosaur from the Jurassic; as big as T-Rex, but more than twice as old.
In 2012 a then 35 year old commercial paleontologist, Jason Cooper, made the find at the privately owned, Skull Creek Quarry near Dinosaur, CO. This quarry represents an exposure of the 150 million year old Morrison Formation. The first fossil evidence discovered of this massive beast was a nearly 10 inch long, fully rooted tooth, serrated like a steak knife. A fossil dinosaur tooth of such gigantic proportions could have only come from one dinosaur, Torvosaurus.
We just got the first batch of 3D scanned and printed dinosaur skulls from one of our partner companies. These amazingly detailed replicas were created from 3D scans of the original fossil skulls that were then shrunk to a miniature size. They have been mounted on a removable, acrylic display stand and look great sitting on a desk or shelf.
These are not kid’s toys, these are perfectly accurate and realistic looking dinosaur skull replicas. The quality is far superior to the resin cast replicas available other places.
What makes something scary, creepy, terrifying, or just so strange that it haunts our dreams? For some, all it takes is a spider or a snake; for others it needs to be an eldritch horror straight from H.P Lovecraft’s world. Many of the more famous prehistoric beasts gained notoriety because there’s something about them, be it the size of their teeth, that they’re covered in spikes, or their sheer size, that elicits a primeval sense of dread in our mammalian brains. Hopefully somewhere in this article is a creature that sends a bone chilling tingle up your spine; one that you’re glad went extinct. Now it can only haunt you in your dreams.
This 33 foot long armored fish from the Devonian era lacked teeth, but its jaw contained razor sharp protrusions of bone that it could use to pierce and cut through its prey. These bones grew continuously and as they did, the edges rubbed together with those of the opposing jaw, acting like self sharpening shears. This would ensure the “fangs” were always ready to chomp into armored prey like arthropods, ammonites and other fish. This four ton monster fish patrolled inshore waters and could snatch prey up by opening and closing its jaws within 50-60 milliseconds.
We just received a number of fossil Tyrannosaur (T-Rex & Nanotyrannus) teeth from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota. Tyrannosaurid teeth are typically are one of the fastest selling fossils we have and because of their collectability are hard for us to acquire.
These teeth come from a private quarry in Butte County, South Dakota operated by PaleoAdventures known as the “Tooth Draw Quarry” This quarry is known as the “Tooth Draw Quarry” and is renowned for having produced many high quality dinosaur teeth over the past several decades. In the Late Cretaceous some 65 million years ago, this quarry was located in a sub-tropical floodplain that would have been similar to modern day coastal Louisiana. It consists of 2 meters of alternating sandstone and gravel, representing a river channel lag deposit. This means that it doesn’t produce articulated dinosaur remains but is a good location to find teeth.
It's always interesting to be able to show the work that goes into a well prepared fossil specimen. Actually collecting the fossils is often the easier and less time consuming part than the preparation. This is a beautiful preparation sequence of a Metacanthina issoumourensis trilobite quarried near Lghaft, Morocco. Preparation and photos by Alex Žagar.
The trilobites are found within a hard limestone by breaking the rock into progressively smaller pieces and looking for thin cross-sections. This is backbreaking work, but once the trilobite back in the preparation lab the detailed work begins. The rock must be meticulously removed from around the trilobites under magnification using airscribes and air abrasives. It takes many hours to prepare even some of the less ornate trilobites.
Sometimes we get rather interesting questions through the contact for at FossilEra. One person wondered who we thought would win in a hypothetical fight between two of the top, prehistoric marine predators, Megalodon and the Mosasaurus. So here goes..
Mosasaurus hoffmanni vs. Carcharocles megalodon
Much like the heated debates that plague comic book shops around the world of Batman vs. Superman, Hulk vs. Wolverine, Iron man vs. Batman, the Justice League vs. The Avengers, or any other plethora of battle combinations, paleontology nerds have arguments very similar just for the fun of it. Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Spinosaurus is a common match and was fun to watch in Jurassic Park III, but this post will be focused on two of the largest predators of the sea, Mosasaurus hoffmanni vs. Carcharocles megalodon.