you are a top executive in a major corporation, or was born
with a platinum spoon in your mouth, it is highly unlikely that
you'll ever own a complete dinosaur fossil (with a few exceptions).
This is because there are very few of them (with a few exceptions)
because: (1) there really weren't very many dinosaurs, compared
with other life forms; (2) they were terrestrial vertebrates,
making in situ preservation of whole dinosaurs a rare occurrence
(see the fossilization section, you
might be a fossil if - to learn more). There is hope however,
since the fossil record is replete with dinosaur teeth that
were prolifically grown and shed by dinosaurs, and were easily
and preferentially preserved (again, see the fossilization discussion).
Consequentially, dinosaur teeth generally range from cheap to
affordable. More of a financial stretch are dinosaur claws.
The price of dinosaur fossils depends on many factors, and locality
is one of them. Dinosaur teeth and claws from within the U.S.
tend to be relatively pricey, as do any dinosaur fossil. Dinosaur
teeth and claws from Morocco, however, are extremely good values
because there are a lot of them, and they are collected as a
cottage industry by individuals of modest means; the same cannot
be said for complete dinosaurs from Morocco, as few of them
have been found and described. The phosphate deposits in the
Kem-Kem Basin, South of Taouz, Morocco, produce prodigious Cretaceous
dinosaur as well as reptile teeth and much more. Examples are
shown below. A friend promises to compile data on fair prices
that I will include at some point to help you gauge what you
should and should not pay.
matters with dinosaur teeth, not just because bigger is more
impressive, but because bigger teeth are also scarcer. Dinosaur
tooth turnover (i.e., growth and shedding) was very fast, and
teeth were often broken off, even before having grown into place.
You do not need to be a paleontologist to correctly surmise
that it was a tough world of “eat or be eaten” in
the Jurassic and Cretaceous, and living long enough to grow
to be a large dinosaur producing large teeth was not the most