fossil shark teeth

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fossil shark teeth

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Sep 09, 2019 10:03 pm

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

Postby David Riddell » Tue Sep 10, 2019 8:58 am

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.
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Re: fossil shark teeth

Postby Alan Tennyson » Sat Sep 21, 2019 10:20 pm

Most likely from the Moroccon phosphate mines.
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Re: fossil shark teeth

Postby GrahamB » Wed Oct 02, 2019 8:35 pm

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.

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