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FOSSIL PREPARATION SERVICES DIRECTORY

Do you have fossils that require cleaning? Look no further! Here's our business directory of professional fossil preparation services worldwide. Many of these professional fossil preppers are using state-of-the-art ZOIC PalaeoTech fossil preparation tools and equipment. People who offer a fossil cleaning service are known as fossil preparators, preparers or preppers. 


Different fossil preparators specialise in different fossils and techniques. We recommend first looking through them by location or rock/fossil type, which will guide you to what they are most experienced in. Some of the more experienced preparators will be able to tackle fossils from any locality - so if you like what you see, get in touch with them and ask for a quote. However, by choosing somebody who specialises in a certain type of fossil, geology or location, you know that their equipment will have been built up around these fossils and they will have significant experience in dealing with the challenges that those particular fossils present. The job will likely be done better and more quickly by somebody with expertise in a certain field.


If you are a professional fossil preparator would like to register an application for a FREE business listing on this page please fill out the application form here.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT HAVING YOUR FOSSILS CLEANED

What do I need to know about getting my fossils professionally cleaned?

  • Not all fossils can be cleaned. A preparator who knows the local rocks/fossils will be able to tell if you if a job is possible, and how promising the results may be.

  • Fossil preparators have their own unique styles. Please check their photographs and links to be sure that you like the way that they approach their prep. 

  • Not all preparators specialise in the same fossils or localities. You will likely get a better job done at a better rate if you go to somebody who is fully geared up for a certain type of fossil from a certain place, and has the experience required.

  • Fossil preparators may have a waitlist for their services, please respect this. 

  • Please do not email these preparators asking for fossil/rock identification – there are many sites including forums and Facebook groups specifically geared up to help people with identification. Please only contact them if you are interested in getting a fossil preparation quote. It's OK if you don't have an ID on your fossil, but please don't waste their time if you have no intention of using their services.

  • The presence of an advert on www.zoicpalaeotech.com is not an endorsement from ZOIC PalaeoTech for a particular preparator – simply a place for preparators to advertise should they wish to. If you choose to get work done by one of the listed preparators, ZOIC PalaeoTech are not liable or culpable if you are not happy with the results. ZOIC PalaeoTech have not verified their equipment and quality of preparation for the below listings, so please do your research when selecting a preparator.

What does professional fossil preparation cost?

This entirely depends on the fossil you present to them - some fossils are quick, easy jobs, and others are much more involved and time consuming. 


Fossil preparators typically charge by the hour and this amount varies based on location and skill level. Their experience is what you are paying for - anyone can take a hammer and a chisel to a rock, but fossil preparators have years of experience under their belt. They have a curated and expansive selection of tooling which they use with expertise. Specialist equipment and consumables don't come cheaply, and you have to know how to use them. If you like what you see from their work, we suggest approaching them for a no-obligation quote.


Please bear in mind that a quote is just an estimate; not a final guaranteed price. No fossil or preservation is the same, and some challenges present themselves quite late on into prep. If your preparator has reason to believe that the job will take longer or be more complex than originally anticipated (often this can only be established once prep has begun), they will contact you and let you know of any additional charges to let you to choose whether to proceed.

How to contact a professional fossil preparator to get a quote

There are a few things that a fossil preparator will need from you in order to provide you with a quote for fossil cleaning. It is usually easier for them if you email, but they may wish to follow up with a phone call.


  • Good quality photographs of the fossil(s) taken in natural light (back, front and sides)

  • Please include a scale bar or ruler in all of your pictures

  • Provide as much information as you can, e.g. Locality, rock type, horizon (if known), preservational quality, potential problems or difficulties in prep

  • A brief description of what you would like to see done. 

  • Approximate weight of fossil(s) - useful for postage/courier shipping if not able to drop off/collect in person.

GREAT BRITAIN

Jurassic Coast (Dorset, Devon & Southwest England)

The Wobbly Fossiler, Axminster, Devon, UK


About: James is an experienced preparator, using pneumatic scribes and air abrasive techniques to uncover finds from his local area of the Jurassic Coast in England. He is known for his delicate work and attention to detail. A few examples of James’ work are displayed below. If you’d like to see more of James’ work, you can follow his account on Instagram (@the_wobbly_fossiler). To get a quote for preparation work, please contact James with pictures of your find. Thank you!

Specialises in: Ammonites from Lyme Regis and Charmouth, death-bed assemblages, ammonite/stone restoration, Jurassic Coast fossils (Dorset), bringing the best out of every fossil (no matter what it looks like to begin with!)

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

Natural Selection Fossils, Axminster, Devon, UK


About: Craig Chivers has been a professional artist, fossil preparator and fossil collector since 2003, specialising in marine reptile fossil preparation. Craig prepares fossils to a high standard, creating centre pieces that show their stunning natural beauty to its fullest potential. 

Specialises in: Marine Reptiles and Ammonites from the Jurassic Coast, Somerset Coast, Welsh Coast and Germany. Also other fossils from the rest of the world.

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

  • Casting/Replication

  • Skeleton Mounting


Southeast England

Jurassic Ammonites, Dorking, Surrey, UK


About: Paul Davis has over 40 years of experience preparing fossils from around the world from giant sauropod dinosaurs to microscopic single celled organisms. He has worked in many of the top museums and universities and has been at the forefront of developing new techniques and equipment for fossil preparation and conservation. He only uses the best tools and equipment available and only uses museum grade materials in his preparation, restoration and conservation.

Specialises in: Experience with all types of specimens from around the world. Specialises in mechanical, air abrasive and acid preparation techniques as well as pyrite stabilisation and fossil conservation. Extensive expertise in Dorset Jurassic Coast specimens (particularly ammonite and vertebrate specimens).

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Cutting & Polishing

  • Restoration

  • Acid Preparation

  • Pyrite Conservation


Yorkshire & Holderness Coast, Northeast England

Whitbyfossils, Doncaster, Yorkshire, UK


About: Dan Jeavons is very passionate about fossils. Dan likes to work on most, with ammonites being his specialty. He can also comfortably prep bone. He has been collecting for around 7 years, and prepping for 5. He loves to prep ammonites, that is his main core, though he loves the challenge of bone.

Specialises in: Ammonites, Yorkshire Fossils, Pen work and Abrasives, Marine Reptile Bone (Vertebrates), Belemnites

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Chemical Preparation

Natural Wonders, Whitby, Yorkshire, UK


About: We are a local business, with 22 years of expertise in selling and preparing fossils from around the world. We specialise in North Yorkshire material, but have experience with many other localities/species/matrix types.

Specialises in: Yorkshire Fossils, Ammonites, Marine Reptile Bone, Pyrite Cannonballs, Cutting & Polishing

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Cutting & Polishing

USA

A Fistful of Fossils, Cedar City, Utah, USA


About: Jon worked in a professional fossil preparation lab as a trained preparator working on dinosaurs and ammonites for three years, and continues to do occasional work for this lab. He has since created his own preparation lab and started doing work independently. He enjoys work on dinosaur bones, ammonites, and trilobites from the American west. While he is very capable of preparing trilobites of any size, he has come to specialize in micro specimens. 

Specialises in: Jon specializes in trilobites and ammonites of the American west. He also has extensive experience in vertebrate fossils, including dinosaurs. He is particularly skilled with very small trilobite specimens.

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

Email: fistfuloffossils@gmail.com

Phone: +1-435 233-7333

The Skeleton Closet, Lusk, Wyoming, USA


About: Todd is a freelance commercial paleontologist with more than three decades of hands on experience in the location, excavation, preparation, restoration, articulation, molding and casting of large vertebrate specimens primarily from the Hell Creek and Lance Creek Formations of Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota.

Specialises in: Fieldwork, preparation to include air scribe and air abrasion and stabilization, reconstruction to include crack fill/sculpting for simple stabilization or aesthetics, armature construction, molding and casting from small simple specimens to full skeletons.

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

  • Molding & Casting (Replication)

  • Armature construction

Email: paleo62@yahoo.com

Phone: +1 307 3342590

CANADA

Great White North Fossils, Mississauga, Ontario


About: For the last 15 years I have prepared professionally for Museums, Dealers and private collectors worldwide. Can prepare specimens from commercial grade to pristine museum grade. Complete professional level invertebrate fossil prep lab with over 15 airscribes, 3 abrasion machines, 5 scopes, diamond saw etc... All work is done under a microscope by myself. Currently providing fairly short turn around times. Rush service available.. Majority of customers in United states and Canada due to shipping costs.

Specialises in: 1. Trilobites (worldwide but mostly Ordovician and Devonian)

2. Crinoids (Crawfordsville, Rochester shale, Verulam, BobCageon)

3. Cystoids

4. Other Echinoderms

5. I do not prepare Ammonites or vertebrate fossils

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Cutting and Polishing

  • Restoration

GERMANY

Freitag-Fossils, Rostock, Germany


About: Not the search and discovery in the open field, but the detailed work in the workshop, while looking through a binocular became my passion. Trilobites always fascinated me especially and became my main field of expertise. What started in my parents garage, with the simplest of tools, developed step by step and today I am happy to offer and present my preparation work to likeminded people with a passion and love for fossils, just like me. 

Specialises in: Trilobites, fine air abrasive techniques, delicate shale fossils, e.g. Chengjiang Fauna, Invertebrate fossils, Restoration and Revision

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

HAUFWERK.COM, Jena, Thuringia, Germany


About: Frank Siegel is a paleontologist (FU Berlin) with more than 25 years of experience in fossil preparation. Very skilled in mechanical (airscribe and manual) prep as well as with chemical methods. Preferring a "natural" style of preparation results, avoiding "over-preparation" - fossils should look like fossils and not like pieces of art. Scientific background with multiple publications in various popular and peer-reviewed journals.

Specialises in: Strong experience with the tedious preparation of Triassic Muschelkalk fossils such as cephalopods, echinoderms, decapods as well as fish and other vertebrates. Apart from that a preparation generalist.

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

  • Cutting and Polishing

SPAIN

NITE, Palma de Mallorca, Spain


About: José Juárez has been passionate about collecting ammonites since he was a child. He enjoys taking on new preparation challenges.

Specialises in:  Focusses his preparations mostly on ammonites, commonly heteromorphs. He prepares them from many fossil sites around the world.

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Restoration

  • Cutting and Polishing

  • Chemical Preparation

Email: nite1988@hotmail.com

Phone: (+34) 608717314


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ITALY

Cinzia Ragni, Novara, Italy


About: I’m Cinzia Ragni. I have an Master's degree in Environmental Science with a Palaeontology thesis, which led to a scientific publication. I have a private laboratory where I prepare mainly vertebrates on sedimentary slabs but also nodules and unconsolidated sediments and invertebrates. I use a pneumatic air scribe, sandblaster and steel needles. I learned to prepare fossils at the Natural History Museum in Milan and I worked as preparator and fossils field researcher for the Museo Cantonale di Storia Naturale of Lugano. Now I’m starting collaboration with Geocollection company to enhance my skills, to gain a working learning experience, to improve my tools and to increase collaborations with universities and museums.

Specialises in: Fishes of Wyoming France and Switzerland, 3D reptiles from Morocco, Reptiles from Madagascar, Fishes and Crustaceans from Lebanon, Ammonites from Madagascar and other locations

  • Air Scribe Work

  • Air Abrasive Work

  • Restoration

  • Casting/Replication

Email: cinziaragni93@gmail.com

Phone: (+39) 338-1928476