Our Fossil products

Ammonites

How do we get Fossils?

Well, in a number of ways. Over thirty years, we’ve built up a network of friends to call on for certain things.

I go to two or three trade fairs through the year, where I meet people from all over the world who make a living collecting, preparing and selling fossils.

If I can buy direct from the people collecting, I get better prices and better quality – and I get to hand pick everything.

Aside from these shows, I buy from a few wholesalers in the UK. Some carry a broad range, some are very specific. 

The secret life of fossils

A fossil is any evidence of ancient life, this can mean bone fragments, shells, leaf impressions or trace fossils such as footprints and preserved burrows.

Every fossil is unique because of the variation in living organisms and the processes of fossilisation. The odds against fossilisation are millions to one, although some animals and plants increase their chance of being fossilised by living in certain places (for example burrowing in sediment, living in large groups or living in certain areas of the sea).

Squashy bits don’t tend to make it, either rotting away or being eaten - it’s the hard parts like skeletal remains, teeth or shell that usually survive long enough to be fossilised.

Why fossils are rare

Even if they do become buried quickly after death the chemical and physical conditions as the sediment turns to rock may be too harsh to preserve fossils. If, after all this, fossils are preserved, the rock containing them may remain many kilometres below the surface, not to be exposed for millions of years to come.

For these reasons, fossils are relatively rare, but if the conditions are right for preservation fossils can be preserved in large numbers and in great detail. It’s from unusual sites like these, all around the world, that we source most of our material.