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fossil shark teeth

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:03 pm
by andrewcrossland
Hi folks, my kids bought these fossil shark teeth from the Te Papa Museum kids gift shop last week., I don't know much about fossil shark teeth but they seemed to have lots for sale. So are these really fossils or is it more likely they were pulled from some poor shark last month in Taiwan or somewhere and now sold here as "fossils"? Can anyone educate me?

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Re: fossil shark teeth

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:58 am
by David Riddell
Here they are on the British Fossils website - ... eeth-pack/ - seems to be a legit company, based in Dorset, "just 20 miles from The Jurassic Coast", though they don't claim that's where their material comes from. Been operating for 30 years they say.

Re: fossil shark teeth

Posted: Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:20 pm
by Alan Tennyson
Most likely from the Moroccon phosphate mines.

Re: fossil shark teeth

Posted: Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:35 pm
by GrahamB
I've found a few in the limestone chippings that we've laid in various places in the garden- sourced from the Wairarapa I think.