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Hi, can any members help me identify this fossil gastropod I bought a few years' back from a junk shop? I don't know its age or its location. It could be Jurassic from Dorset, southern England, but that's only a guess. So, too, is my own identification, that it's an inner cast of a homotoma. No idea as to the species, though, and it could well be something else. Any sea slug lovers out there?
I understand why collectors seek genuine fossils over casts, but sometimes I really do wonder why some people have such a tremendous disdain for casts and replicas. I had recently went to the local dinosaur museum exhibition with a group of colleagues, and one of them was rather startled once he learnt that the majority of fossils being displayed were casts. In his own words, he felt like "he was scammed". In another case which irks me, I was teaching a group of children about various fossils. Most of the fossils I was using were real except for a few teeth which were casts. A 5-year old girl happened to be holding one of the casts, and asked me if it was real. When I explained it was a cast, she exclaimed in a most disgusted voice, "Ew! Fake!" and quite literally slammed it back down onto the table. (I was just as shocked at her lack of manners, as I was at her extreme reaction). I am not asking for collectors to switch to buying casts, but how do we convince the general public that casts are very important, and that they are here to stay?
As far as I am aware, the vast majority of folks here have fossil collections that were dug up by yourselves. But what would you say to casts and replicas? For most folks, it is snarge near impossible to own the skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, or the imprint of a 2.5 feet long Meganeura dragonfly or a 6-inch Megalodon tooth. Thus replicas and casts come into the picture, and many museums and exhibitions use reps and casts as well. Would any of you purchase casts or replicas?