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On nearly every social network I participate in a photo a Megalodon tooth purportedly stuck in whale vertebra has been going viral. Typically it has the title, "The most baddass fossil in existance". I've had it forwarded onto me several times already.
Unfortunately it's a fabrication. The Megalodon tooth is real, as is the fossil whale vertebra but the tooth has been artificially mounted in it to create a display. Neverless it's still a cool coversation piece. You can find similar displays available for sale a few places and they are typically honest with the description. There are a few issues with the display from the stand point of reality.
Outside of “I have some fossils do you want to buy them?” and “I found this rock that I’m sure is a dinosaur tooth/claw, can you ID it?” the most common question I’ve gotten recently through the contact form on FossilEra.com is “Do you have dinosaur eggs for sale?” I seem to get this question at least once a week, and already been asked this three times time week. There must have been a reality show featuring dinosaur eggs or something recently.
The short answer is. No, we don’t have any dinosaur eggs for sale and are very unlikely to in the future. The longer explanation is this…
Last August I had the exciting opportunity not only to make my first trilobite collecting trip to New York, but to collect the famous Walcott-Rust Quarry. The Walcott-Rust Quarry (WRQ) was discovered in 1870 by a 20 year old Charles Doolittle Walcott. Yes, the same Charles Walcott went go on to become the head of the US Geological Survey and discover many other famous sites including the Burgess Shale. Along with William Rust he commercially collected the quarry for several years selling specimens to both tourists and major institutions.
WRQ has an exceptionally preserved trilobite fauna of at least 18 different species of trilobites along with diverse echinoderms, brachiopods and bryozoans. Many of the trilobites found within the limestone layers are preserved perfectly 3 dimensional with no compactions at all, so they look like they are ready to crawl off of the rock. One layer has even yielded specimens of Ceraurus, Flexicalymene and Meadowtownella with preserved appendages.
Trilobites are an extinct marine animal that dominated Earth's oceans for 270 million years long before the first dinosaurs. There were over 25k known types some of them with very ornate shells covered in spines. This huge variety and their alien looking appearance makes them very appealing to collectors. We have a huge variety of trilobite fossils for sale ranging from inexpensive, common species to amazing museum quality specimens and everything in between. Buy fossils from us knowing you are getting authentic specimens, at the best value.
The Megalodon was a massive prehistoric shark that grew to lengths of up to 60 feet and went extinct 1.5 million years ago. It had giant teeth that could reach 7 inches in length (though only a handful have ever been found that large). For comparison the largest great white shark teeth did not reach 3 inches in length. Fossils of it's teeth can be found worldwide and are both impressive and terrifying. We have a wide selection of authentic Megalodon fossils for sale, starting around $10 which make great gifts, to collector quality teeth priced at $1,000+.
Fish have been around in the fossil record for over 500 million years and are one of the most diverse animals on our planet. Fossil fish are some of the most aesthetic and collectable fossils out there. FossilEra has a selection of beautiful fish fossils for sale from the Green River Formation of Wyoming as well as several other locations around the world. Not only do these fish make for beautiful displays but they are tremendously interesting from a scientific and historical perspective.