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About us

Our firm started in Livingston, near Edinburgh, Scotland in 1983. Stan Wood was a famous fossil hunter and while he was largely self-taught, his important discoveries have given the firm an international reputation. So far they have amounted to numerous fossil plants and over 30 new species of animals, including the world famous 'Lizzie' - Westlothiana lizziae - thought at the time to be the oldest reptile ever discovered. It's a proud record of discovery, and Stan was still busy collecting and preparing new material until his death in September 2012. His recent finds, from the start of the Carboniferous, look to be the most important of his career - globally significant fossils from a time we still don't fully understand.

At first Stan supplied museums with fossils for research and display, then in 1987 the firm opened a shop, allowing public access to his material and providing fossils for sale from all over the world. The original shop is situated in the Grassmarket, at the centre of Edinburgh's historic Old Town. Stan hired someone to look after the shop, preferring to be out in the field, and I took over as manager in 1998. I had been working with fossils in museums in Glasgow following a geology degree and museum studies post-graduate course. I bought the business from Stan in 2006 and I'm in the shop most days. I'm helped by Kristen, who works Saturdays and covers for me when I'm away buying stock.

Matt Dale, Proprietor


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