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Sandy & Ed pose with a Stegosaur femur prepared for Ron Buckley's PaleoPark.

The Difference
Quality Preparation Makes

Updated January 30, 2013


White River Preparium, POB 747, Hill City, SD 57745
(605)574-2051


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Sandy and Ed Gerken have been working with fossils in the mid-1980's and started White River Preparium over two decades ago. We have a solid background in the tools and techniques of the trade, and our lab facilities allow most types of work to be performed. On most days, you'll find us both hard at work on dinosaur and mammal fossils in our prep lab, which is connected to our home near Hill City, in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota.


Shipping and ordering information

To Order: You may order or request more information by phone, e-mail or regular mail. We cannot guarantee the availability of any of the items shown, due to prior sales and changing inventory. Call (605)574-2051 for the most-up-to-date information. We do not accept credit cards at this time, so certified checks and money orders assure the fastest service to new customers. Personal and business checks are accepted from established customers, but may cause a delay in shipping. A minimum $20.00 fee will be applied to returned or NSF checks.

Preparation and Restoration: Our primary business is the preparation and restoration of fossils for dealers and private collectors across the continent. If you have a fossil which needs to be stabilized, cleaned or restored, please contact us for more information on available services. Our rates are a very reasonable $30.00 per hour for most projects. Rush Orders are $35.00 per hour. We are usually handling a large quantity of orders, so please allow plenty of time for us to give your fossil the attention it deserves.

Shipping: PLEASE NOTE: We can no longer recommend UPS to ship our fossils. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience, but we have seen such degraded performance in regards to the handling of packages that we can no longer offer UPS with the confidence that we used to. UPS labels fossils as "one-of-a-kind" objects and will not honor claims for shipping damages. Use them at your own risk.
If you desire extra insurance by any method, please specify a dollar amount. Most all of our packages these days go by Priority Mail. Be sure to include proper shipping addresses with your order. A handling charge for large and/or fragile items, insurance, and shipping will be added to the purchase price. Additional services offered by the Post Office, such as delivery tracking, are also available on request for the actual charge of the added service. We will gladly quote for these services in advance of an order if we are given your zip code to use to figure them. Most items ship for the actual postage and insurance that we pay when we mail your item.
International orders are expensive and slow to ship, but we will work with you to find the best method to ship.

Other details, exceptions and rules may apply, depending on the specific item, particularly for large, valuable or fragile items. Please e-mail, call or write.

Our Guarantee: We want you to be satisfied whenever you do business with us. If there is a problem of any kind with your order, just contact us promptly, and we will as quickly resolve it to your satisfaction. The one exception to this guarantee is in the case of customer-requested UPS shipments, as outlined above.

White River Preparium, POB 747, Hill City, SD 57745
(605)574-2051


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