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Hi guys. So I personally am fascinated with early invertebrate life especially around the Cambrian era. If I had the time or locations to hunt for these myself I would, but right now its not too hopeful. So I'm looking for any dealers online that might be selling material like I mentioned that are fairly reliable. I did find one guy, under the username fossil-stuff on eBay. Feedback is good, he has a return policy, he details where the fossils exactly came from, and from the few I've looked at, I have seen nothing of suspicion. I know that even good sellers slip up and allow fakes into their stores, but with a return policy, I figure I would be able to test anything fishy. So any thoughts on this guy or any other suggestions for sellers? Thanks!

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>Trust your most skeptical instincts; this will help to prevent your objectivity from being overrun by desire and wishful thinking.

>Educate yourself about the fossils on your wish list, and set high standards.

>Develop good relationships with dealers who are helpful, know what they are selling, and guarantee their wares.

>Buy from the collector of the specimens, whenever possible. Middlemen sometimes take what they are told for granted, and pass misinformation along as fact.

>Be particularly wary of Moroccan and Chinese material, even after you know what you're doing.

>If the price is too good to be true, then it is highly probable that you will be burned.

Good luck, and be prepared to live and learn. :)

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>Paleontology is an evolving science.

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I've bought a few good quality, authentic fossils on UKGE, also where i bought most of my field equipment as well. So you might want to check that out...

http://www.ukge.com/

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Connorp, what type of invertebrates are you interested in?

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Anything in the Paleozoic era. So Cambrian through Permian. Doesn't have to invertebrate, but they prevailed then so. Also even Precambrian, as I have seen a few protozoan mats laying around.

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Paleozoic fossils from the U.S. and Canada are not usually forged, making them a safer bet (and enhancing your access to recourse if dissatisfied). There is still some risk that some specimens might be misidentified, or clumsily prepared, but outright fakes of N. Am. Paleozoic invertebrates are very rare.

We're not in the habit of recommending specific dealers, since what they do is beyond our control. Members can certainly mention some that they have dealt with, but that needs to be taken not as a lead to follow up, not a guarantee.

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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I know it's not a guarantee, I was just looking for a direction to start in. Thanks, though!

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For Cambrian, there is still some Chengjiang stuff available from Chinese sellers on ebay, which I now have a selection of and it seems legit (don't know how you would fake these!). The only trouble there is the language barrier is sometimes a problem, and sometimes the prep is bad and when you complain or ask for unprepped examples they say the can't do anything about it (it's their suppliers), but where else are you going to find affordable Cambrian Explosion fossils?

Morocco, I have seen some nice Ordovician stuff available such as Fezouata which seems legit, I think it's the trilobites you have to watch out for as these are the most often faked, or reconstructed from partials, and I have bought both legit and reconstructed things from the same seller, Sahara Imports (good edrioasteroids and carpoids but a reconstructed Ordov. trilo - not bad overall.)

I have also bought some decent Ukrainian Nemianas from a Polish seller, can't recall the name offhand. They're probably the only affordable Precambrian fossils aside from stromatolites. (For Precamb. stromatolites, you can find a nice American one under the term 'Mary Ellen Jasper'. Some other stromatolites are not Precamb or even Paleoz: the Bolivian stuff is actually Cretaceous according to one seller, and the stuff from Wyoming area is Eocene and usually stated as such but not always.)

Otherwise, as Auspex says, the North Amer. and British stuff is generally trustworthy. Just make sure you have a good view of what is being sold and communicate with the seller to make sure they're communicative and know what they're talking about. I have had good experiences with a couple of British sellers and they have some interesting things for affordable prices. The Aussie sellers seem to be much more expensive, not sure why - if that is how it is in Aus or if it's just the couple sellers that have things I'm looking for... :zzzzscratchchin: My experiences are limited to those sellers who have the kind of things I'm looking for - which sounds like the kind of things you are looking for - at affordable prices.

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I have also bought fossils from the ebay dealer you mentioned; in my case, mostly Utah trilobites. I believe he is an honest dealer and is competent.

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From my personal experience.

Indiana9 - Enormous variety, with many hard-to-get stuff

Fossil Shack - High quality fossils (especially marine reptiles), owner Seth is very helpful and friendly

FossilsForSale.co.uk - Very reasonable pricing, owner is friendly

Big Fossils - Good pricing and rare fossils

DinoLandPlus - Alan's fossils are underrated. He does get a bit aggressive with his marketing, but the quality of his fossils can't be denied.

Tom Kapitany - Friendly and knowledgeable dealer. Possesses some incredible fossils that can't be found even in museums.

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Looking forward to meeting my fellow Singaporean collectors! Do PM me if you are a Singaporean, or an overseas fossil-collector coming here for a holiday!

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One dealer not mentioned yet is the Natural Canvas which has been in business around twenty years. The guy who runs it, John Hedley, was trained as a paleontologist and was a collector before that so he has known the market and the science for longer than most. One of his specialties happens to be Cambrian animals. He has a huge collection of publications and he reads just about everything so it's tough to stump him with a genus or an occurrence he hasn't heard of. He is in the process of updating his website.

Another is the venerable Geological Enterprises. The annual bulletin is a must-have for the beginner to advanced collector.

I know Indiana9 too - good guy.

Hi guys. So I personally am fascinated with early invertebrate life especially around the Cambrian era. If I had the time or locations to hunt for these myself I would, but right now its not too hopeful. So I'm looking for any dealers online that might be selling material like I mentioned that are fairly reliable. I did find one guy, under the username fossil-stuff on eBay. Feedback is good, he has a return policy, he details where the fossils exactly came from, and from the few I've looked at, I have seen nothing of suspicion. I know that even good sellers slip up and allow fakes into their stores, but with a return policy, I figure I would be able to test anything fishy. So any thoughts on this guy or any other suggestions for sellers? Thanks!

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One dealer not mentioned yet is the Natural Canvas...

The Natural Canvass site has not been updated since Feb., 2011. I thought he was out of business.

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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Chas.,

He's definitely still in business, setting up at Tucson every year since the mid-90's (sometimes Denver too). He tends to email previous customers when he gets new material. He's updating his site with a "shopping cart" to make buying more convenient and just to catch up overall..

He told me he still gets inquiries on specimens without updating the site and even emails from people asking about specimens that were in his early snail-mail catalogs.

Jess.

The Natural Canvass site has not been updated since Feb., 2011. I thought he was out of business.

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Good! I have a lot of his stuff, from a few years back, and would like to put him back on my shopping list.

He's a member, you know; not recently active though.

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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Is it okay to plug a fossil forum dealer/member, or is that forbidden in the rules?

Jim

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Is it okay to plug a fossil forum dealer/member, or is that forbidden in the rules?

Jim

Old Dead Things (google it)

You know a good one?

:P

As long as this doesn't have to be moved to Sales & Trades (to which our new member has no access yet).

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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From Germany, I would recommend these bilingual sites

http://www.annsus.com/index2.html#/1/zoomed (no prices given, you have to contact her directly, very good selection of Brazilian fossils)

http://trifoss.com/ (very knowledgable, specialized in Trilobites, but also excellent stuff from Solnhofen, Chengjiang, Bundenbach, Brazil...)

http://www.kipping-fossils.de/cms/front_content.php (stuff from around the world)

Sorry, these sites are in German only (but you can use google translator and I am sure they can speak English)

http://www.fossilien.de/index.htm (good stuff from Solnhofen, Bundenbach, Messel, Brazil...)

http://www.philfossil.de/index_m.htm (very knowledgable, rare crinoids, trilobites.... very good selection from around the world for specialists)

No problem to buy fossils in Germany and to send them to the US or elsewhere.

From the Netherlands:

http://www.henskensfossils.nl/ (broad selection of excellent stuff)

From Belgium:

http://www.rolandjuvyns.com/default.asp (broad selection of excellent stuff)

Thomas

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Henskens used to go to Tucson. Knowledgeable dealer. Great reputation.

From Germany, I would recommend these bilingual sites

http://www.annsus.com/index2.html#/1/zoomed (no prices given, you have to contact her directly, very good selection of Brazilian fossils)

http://trifoss.com/ (very knowledgable, specialized in Trilobites, but also excellent stuff from Solnhofen, Chengjiang, Bundenbach, Brazil...)

http://www.kipping-fossils.de/cms/front_content.php (stuff from around the world)

Sorry, these sites are in German only (but you can use google translator and I am sure they can speak English)

http://www.fossilien.de/index.htm (good stuff from Solnhofen, Bundenbach, Messel, Brazil...)

http://www.philfossil.de/index_m.htm (very knowledgable, rare crinoids, trilobites.... very good selection from around the world for specialists)

No problem to buy fossils in Germany and to send them to the US or elsewhere.

From the Netherlands:

http://www.henskensfossils.nl/ (broad selection of excellent stuff)

From Belgium:

http://www.rolandjuvyns.com/default.asp (broad selection of excellent stuff)

Thomas

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Chas.,

The Natural Canvas is back online with a new look website:

http://www.thenaturalcanvas.com/

Jess

Good! I have a lot of his stuff, from a few years back, and would like to put him back on my shopping list.

He's a member, you know; not recently active though.

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Thank you, Jess! I'm glad he's back :)

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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Thank you, Jess! I'm glad he's back :)

Well, I'll be eating ramen for the next year, but my collection has just been upgraded. :)

His stuff is top-shelf, and correctly priced; I'm thrilled!

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

“Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” - Thomas Henry Huxley

>Paleontology is an evolving science.

>May your wonders never cease!

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