Fossil Realm celebrates the convergence of art and natural science, offering exquisite fossils, minerals and meteorites - masterworks from the depths of the Earth and far reaches of the Solar System. Curated by natural history specialist Peter Lovisek, each piece has a unique story to tell and is exceptional on all counts.
Experience and Expertise
Fossil Realm is a family business based in Ottawa and Toronto. Over the past four decades, we have developed solid relationships with all major parties in the natural history industry: commercial and academic palaeontologists, exhibit managers, curators, auctioneers, dealers and private collectors/investors. Since we began selling online in 2002, we have fulfilled thousands of domestic and international orders. Over the years, we have received numerous positive reviews and testimonials.
Integrity and Professionalism
As longstanding members of AAPS, the Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, we are committed to high ethical standards in all areas of our operation. The specimens in our collection are sourced exclusively from reputable trade professionals knowledgeable about provenance and condition. The authenticity of every specimen is unconditionally guaranteed and a signed certificate of authenticity is included with every purchase. Condition reports noting any applicable restoration, repair, or treatment are made available upon request.
Passion and Wonder
Sparking a profound interest in the natural world is fundamental to Fossil Realm's vision. Since the early 1980's, our family has been involved in numerous educational ventures focused on science and nature. Founding the Toronto Nature Centre, a science camp, and Fossil Realm has enabled us to share our love of natural history with thousands of youths and adults around the world. We welcome you to discover our story and learn more about our leadership.
Willard - possibly the largest Triceratops prorsus skeleton ever found - spans 28 feet long and 11.8 feet high. Credit: Diego Mattarelli
Have you ever wondered how a dinosaur skeleton ends up in a museum or public exhibition? Who discovers and digs up the bones? How are the bones stabilized and prepared? And what process is used to restore the missing parts and, eventually, assemble the finished specimen? Read on to find out more about Willard —an astounding fossilized Triceratops prorsus skeleton recently unearthed in the badlands of North Dakota -possibly the world’s largest example of the species ever found!
Dr. Lukáš Laib in the Fezouata lagerstätte near Zagora, Morocco. Credit: Martina Nohejlová.
Czech palaeontologist Dr. Lukáš Laibl shares wide ranging tips for anyone interested in the study of fossils. His dedicated research about trilobite development and evolution (and trilobite larvae in particular) provides a glimpse into the excitement of discovering unexpected facts about the prehistoric past. Dr. Laibl’s road to a career in palaeontology was heavily influenced by natural history books and he was happy to recommend several books and resources for fellow enthusiasts and aspiring palaeontologists.
"Mummified" Nodosaur (new armoured dinosaur). Image courtesy of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, AB.
The Royal Tyrrell Museum's exciting new exhibit, Grounds for Discovery, showcases many marvellous fossil specimens that were discovered accidentally through industrial activity. The exhibit is a testament to Alberta’s collaborative relationships between palaeontologists and major corporations, like the energy giant Suncor. We had the pleasure of discussing the unique premise behind the exhibit (and the mummified Nodosaur) with Dr. Don Brinkman, the Royal Tyrrell Museum's Director of Preservation and Research.