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General Fossils

Remarkable examples of what occurs to bone after millions of years of sedimentation, fossils serve as the best record of prehistoric life. For as much as they tell us about the earliest animals that roamed the planet, fossils are also strikingly beautiful, making them fantastic fragments to collect.

Though dinosaur bones and petrified pieces of the prehistoric world have been uncovered over the past several millennia, their significance was little understood until approximately three hundred years ago. It was during that age that scientists began piecing together the historical record of fossils to learn the gripping tale of life on the planet in its earliest days.

During this time, collecting of fossils grew exponentially as authentic paleontologists and energetic aficionados began buying up unearthed specimens. Though discovery of dinosaur fossils continues today, their overall rarity makes them a captivating collector's item.


Quick Facts

  • The discovery of a fossilized Megalosaurus femur in late 17th century England revealed how little humans understood the prehistoric world: a professor at Oxford concluded it was the bone from a prior human giant
  • The first nearly complete dinosaur fossil found in the United States was from the duck-billed hadrosaur family. It was uncovered in New Jersey in 1838
  • Two years after the discovery of an Apatosaurus fossilized skeleton in 1877, an enthusiastic paleontologist uncovered a slightly larger skeleton and christened it the Brontosaurus. Early 20th-century examination revealed that they were the same species

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(2pc) Orthoceras Fossil Slab Specimens w/ Stands
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
(2pc) Orthoceras Fossil Slab Specimens w/ Stands
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Early Stone Fossil Scarab
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Early Stone Fossil Scarab
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$253 Bids
Early Nautilus Ammonite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Early Nautilus Ammonite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
Trilobite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Trilobite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$153 Bids
Natural History Huge 18" Fossil Ammonite Specimen
Nov 10, 2:00 PM EST
Natural History Huge 18" Fossil Ammonite Specimen
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$1253 Bids
Polished Stone Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Polished Stone Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$303 Bids
Trilobite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Trilobite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Trilobite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Trilobite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Large Trilobite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Large Trilobite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Trilobite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Trilobite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
2-DIACALYMENE TRILOBITES
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
2-DIACALYMENE TRILOBITES
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $10- $15
$101 Bid
Crotalocephalina gibbus
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Crotalocephalina gibbus
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $50- $60
$501 Bid
OPHIOPETRA sp.
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
OPHIOPETRA sp.
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $100- $150
$1001 Bid
Coral
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Coral
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$41 Bid
Ammonite fossil specimen rainbow
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Ammonite fossil specimen rainbow
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $35- $75
$251 Bid
Ammonite sterling custom ring
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Ammonite sterling custom ring
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $60- $120
$501 Bid
Polished Goniatite Ammonite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Polished Goniatite Ammonite
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $5- $10
$51 Bid
Uncommon Large Horned Mamites Ammonite-Mounted
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
Uncommon Large Horned Mamites Ammonite-Mounted
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $195- $300
$1751 Bid
MAPLE LEAF PATTERN AMMONITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 20, 1:00 PM CDT
MAPLE LEAF PATTERN AMMONITE ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
Ammonite Fossil
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Ammonite Fossil
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
FOSSILIZED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Oct 21, 1:00 PM CDT
FOSSILIZED CORAL PENDANT ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Fossilized Ammonite
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Fossilized Ammonite
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Southwest Sterling Silver Fossil Ring
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Southwest Sterling Silver Fossil Ring
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
RECOVERED FOSSILIZED MASTODON PARTIAL FEMUR
Oct 28, 9:00 AM EDT
RECOVERED FOSSILIZED MASTODON PARTIAL FEMUR
by Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC
Est: $40- $90
$101 Bid

Sellers Who Sell General Fossils


Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Old Stuff For You

Old Stuff For You

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company

TimeLine Auctions

TimeLine Auctions