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Basilosaurus vertebrae

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Jhwalkerjr

Hi my son was given a large vertabrae it was living life as a flower bed border when we found it. The older couple that had it are really good friends of mine and the question I have is what would be a fair price to offer for the remaining five or six pieces they have in the flower bed. It seems that these are starting to deteriate and need to be preserved. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks

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Jhwalkerjr

I understand that this site does not offer appraisals I am just looking for who to contact as I haven't been able to find anything really comparable online 

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WhodamanHD

@Ptychodus04  should be able to tell you the best way to preserve it, and we have plenty of whale experts to give you an ID.

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Fossildude19

If it were me, I would ask for the remainder of the bones, and offer to replace them with other garden stones. 

Then if they agree, I'd also throw in a giftcard to their favorite restaurant for an evening out. ;) 

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Ptychodus04

That looks like it needs some serious TLC and isn't long for this world as a garden decoration. There are a ton of threads in the fossil preparation section if you're feeling like a DIY adventure. If you want professional help send me a PM and we can chat.

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Auspex

It is decomposing in the manner of un-fossilized whale bone. It looks like a modern whale vertebra to me. Is there a reason you identify it as Basilosaurus?

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Jhwalkerjr

 These were found nearly 100 miles from salt water in the middle of the woods still in an exposed limestone outcropping. Some of their family chipped them out years ago. Also I posted some pics earlier to ID it  but thank you though.

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