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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    I've done the fossil collecting at Lake Texoma. Since I am a geologist by degree, I feel safe in saying that dinosaur fossils are where the $$ are. What you have are very common so an educated guess would say that they are not worth much more than a few dollars.
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Plano Mark
    I've done the fossil collecting at Lake Texoma. Since I am a geologist by degree, I feel safe in saying that dinosaur fossils are where the $$ are. What you have are very common so an educated guess would say that they are not worth much more than a few dollars.
    Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ugly Tall Texan
    Thanks for confirming my suspicions.
    hey, I said what the geologist said, and I work at Wal-Mart!! I must be SMRT
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    They are fun to collect and did that a lot when in school. But unfortunately they are very common. Now a Mammoth or Sabre Tooth Tiger might make you a rich man.

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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fla24/7
    hey, I said what the geologist said, and I work at Wal-Mart!! I must be SMRT

    During some of the oil busts in the late 1980s, some geologists had to work at Wally World and Sears.
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    Seen Pawn Stars last night. A guy brought in some Mazon Creek fossils out of Illinois.
    Really nice, some ferns and a spider, that were dated around 300 million years ago.
    Don't remember what he got for them, I think around 1200 bucks, but not sure.

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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Ugly Tall Texan
    Every time I went to Lake Texoma, I found several of them.

    The worst of them looked like this one and I found several that were better.

    There's some interesting sheen and color showing through on that fossil. Collectors are going to scream in anguish when they hear this, but I'd suggest you take one or two of your worst specimens and toss them in a tumbler for a bit. Use the worst ones because you don't want to possibly ruin a good one.

    If they clean up nicely then get some help from your wife / kids/ inner Martha Stewart and see what you can do to turn them into jewelry, then offer them up on eBay. You may get no takers, but then again you may start the next buying craze.
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    I haven't had any of those in 30 years or more. I suspect they are still common in the bluffs around Lake Texoma.

    I got that photo off the web to illustrate what I was talking about.
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    A lot of the more common fossils will only fetch a few bucks. The dinosaur fossils and some plant fossils may fetch a lot of money, but most of those are sold on the black market because many of them are taken from areas of great paleontologically important sites and are usually off-limits to fossil hunters. Good luck with them if you are able to find buyers (no sarcasm intended).
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    Re: Are fossils worth anything?

    I did a lot of rock and fossil collecting when I was young and hiked a bunch some of my stuff I took to the local museum and I got $100 for one tiny piece. That was in the 70's. It really depends on what you have.
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