|Title:||Badlands Fossil Turtle|
|Date/Era/Period:||>25 Million Years Old|
|Description:||21" x 20" x 7" fossil turtle shell collected fr badlands, s dakota|
|Condition:||large part of shell intact, shape looks pretty correct|
|Origin:||friend had in family, rcvd in trade, collected fr badlands|
|Appraised By:||Jeffrey Motsinger|
|Appraiser Comments:||Fossil turtle shells are quite collectible and specimens from the Badlands are not too common. Value depends a lot on visual appeal as well as completeness of the specimen.
Fossils are a small field and not my major but I understand that steps can be taken to enhance the visual appeal without hurting the item's originality---check with a Natural History musuem or university.
Insurance value is $600 and fair market is about half of that.
Badlands fossils are generally dated at somewhere over 25 million years in age. Be sure to document the item's history because collecting fossils is much more restricted today than twenty years ago.
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