- August 02, 2021
It is no surprise that there is a widespread and pretty lucrative market for fossils. But did you know that it was a Tyrannosaurus fossil that was excavated in 1990 and auctioned for a whopping $7.6 million that set off this fossil frenzy? It has been often referred to as the “modern gold rush.” Expensive fossils began to be treated as status symbols, which inevitably drew in both rich buyers and unethical sellers looking to make a quick buck. And that also led to the emergence of fake and forged fossils. Even today, this is an issue that plagues both fossil collectors and paleontologists. The market is flooded with enhanced fossils, composite fossils, reconstructed fossils, fossil casts, and fossils that are outright fake. Some of these are easy to identify, but some counterfeits can be quite hard to spot. While professionals use a number of techniques including CT scan and synchrotron, if you are a novice, here are some of the ways in which you can differentiate between fake and authentic
- July 30, 2021
Besides the ghastly and impressive shapes of dinosaurs, there’s one thing that never ceases to amaze paleontologists and the general public around the world: their gigantic size.
Take Argentinosaurus, for instance. This titanosaur had a massive size and weighed between 50 and 90 tonnes, as believed by scientists. And if you look at today’s mammals, most of them are only between 10 and 100 kilograms in weight, while only the blue whale surpasses the size of dinosaurs. No wonder people look for titanosaur teeth for sale these days.
With a difference of such magnitude between the long-gone dinosaurs and today’s mammals, it makes sense why people wonder and question: how did dinosaurs grow so big?
Let’s look at the reasons that may have caused dinosaurs to grow so big.
Large body protected dinosaurs from most predators
- July 26, 2021
When trilobites emerged in the oceanic environment during the Cambrian period, they were already fully formed creatures. They had complex digestive systems, highly developed eyes, and functional calcite carapaces that were quite admirable. In other words, the most advanced life form at that moment on our planet were trilobites! While getting a well-preserved, authentic trilobite fossil is a daunting task, it is also among the most prized possession for a collector. So, we keep adding authentic trilobite fossils for sale to our selection.
Today, we will talk about trilobite eyes. It was fascinating that the creature developed a sophisticated visual system, although not the first one in the animal kingdom with eyes. But there were trilobite suborders, like Agnostina, who were primarily eyeless. The majority had compound pairs of eyes, typically
- August 05, 2020
There has been a lot of buzz around fossils ever since Leonardo DiCaprio and Nicolas Cage had a bidding war for a dinosaur skull in early 2019. The fossil collector clubs were more of an exclusive one until this particular event caught the attention of the public, introducing them to the amazing world of fossil collection.
- June 30, 2020
How would you describe a dinosaur? Probably a massive creature with sharp teeth and thunderous roar, walking on legs, destroying everything on its way. What if we say that’s not true? These extinct reptiles that dominated the Earth about 66 million years ago are not even close to how we have picturized them in our imaginations.
- June 30, 2020
The birds that we see today are linked to a particular group of dinosaurs called theropods. Within this group of dinosaurs, there are many species of which tyrannosaurus and velociraptor are some of the most well-known ones. In this blog, we’ll talk about the latter.
- June 01, 2020
If you go by their name, you may think Velociraptor dinosaurs must have been quite fast in their time. This actually isn’t true as even a human child could have outrun most Velociraptors. Their name ‘Velociraptor’ means ‘swift robber’ and was given by American paleontologist Henry Osborn.