Here are some FAQs. If you don't find what you're looking for, feel free to contact us!
1) What's so fascinating about fossils?
Well, where do we start? Fossils are usually discovered in sedimentary rocks. They are remains of ancient life, and were automatically preserved by nature. This process is quite rare; it is estimated that less than 1 to 10% of 1% of all species that have ever lived become fossils. By studying fossils we got to know about life on Earth that no longer exists, such as dinosaurs. We were also able to build an approximate timeline of ancient life on Earth. Finally, fossils are also studied to try and identify our ancestors! Remember, some of them are millions or even billions years old!
Fossils are an investment. If they are well cared for, they will stay in good condition for a very long period of time (after all, they already persisted for millions of years!). Their value is not deprecated.
2) What is included with the fossil?
All our products come in a gift box containing also a display mount (engraved with the type of specimen, estimated age and place of discovery) and an information card about the species that the fossil belongs to. At an additional cost you can also include a fossil-themed greeting card. We have greeting cards of graduation, birthday (adults), birthday (kids), our anniversary, and open. So if you're buying as a gift, it will be one nice complete bundle!
3) How will I know that my fossil is authentic?
We only sell authentic fossils, that's a promise. Our suppliers are top-notch and trusted worldwide. The fossils are analysed by qualified paleontologists. To put your mind at rest, every fossil comes with an international certificate of authenticity. There are several cases where a fossil needs to be repaired, and in these cases, this will be explicitly stated in the product description.
4) Is owning a fossil legal?
Absolutely. This might be confusing because in Malta, fossils are protected by the Cultural Heritage Act. This means that all fossils that are dug up in Malta automatically belong to the state. However, in many other countries such as the United States of America, Australia, England and France, the law is different. For example in the USA, if a person finds fossils while digging up his own land, then the "finders keepers" rule is adopted. This makes it possible for these lucky finders to keep, or sell these fossils. All our fossils are obtained within this context.
5) Do you have a physical shop?
For the time being, we are only available online.
6) How are fossils priced?
Fossil pricing depends on several factors, depending on the specimen. For example a megalodon tooth is priced depending on its size, where it was found, whether it is complete, the amount of enamel still present on it, etc. The price is also effected by other factors such as getting the fossil authenticated and dated by a paleontologist, and courier delivery to ensure safe and careful transit of the fossils. However, we feel that our fossils are very reasonably priced for the bundle that you get. Let us know if you find the same bundle, elsewhere, cheaper. We'll do our best to match the price!
7) Where do the fossils come from?
Our fossils come from all over the world; England, France, Morocco, Madagascar, USA, Australia...It is stated explicitly in the product description where that particular fossil was discovered.
8) Do you offer delivery?
Yes, all of our products are safely packed and delivered to your doorstep, free of charge. We'll do our best so that the product will be with you within 3 business days! We will also give you a call beforehand to arrange a delivery date and time that are convenient for you.
9) Can fossils be handled?
Yes. Feeling the fossil's weight and texture is part of the experience that we all look forward to. For those fossils that come in a frame, the frame can be carefully opened, and you will be able to carefully take the fossil out. All handling must be done very slowly and with great care, as any extra pressure on the fossil, or dropping it, can cause it to break apart. When ready, you can put it back safely into the frame or on the display mount. As much as possible it is advised to avoid excessive handling so that the fossil can also be enjoyed by generations to come.
10) Is it suitable for children?
A lot of children are fascinated by nature, and a lot of them have a big liking to dinosaurs and big sharks. It is suggested to avoid handling of fossils by children who don't really understand the importance of careful handling. They would still be able to observe the fossil and learn about the creature it once belonged to. This can be a very educational and enjoyable experience.