We are Kate and Mihai, a husband and wife team who make fossil preparation tools from scratch, right here in the UK. We lived and worked on our postgraduate studies in palaeontology and geology, alongside working as freelance preparators in Transylvania for a few years - preparing some of the most incredible vertebrate material in Europe (most of it is still under embargo but watch this space!). We are now based in the lovely Dorset countryside, a stone’s throw away from the Jurassic Coast.
We had an enormous backlog of unprepped dinosaur skeletons, so we began creating our own tools based on our designs and requirements - Mihai putting that engineering degree to good use!
Our aim was and very much still is to produce top quality, reliable and purpose-built pneumatic fossil preparation tools at sensible prices for hobbyists, amateurs and professionals alike.
Our tools are now spread far and wide around the globe in top institutions, museums and a countless number of garden sheds! In the last few years, we have grown beyond what we could possibly have imagined through word-of-mouth recommendation; with many laboratories and fossil preparators upgrading their kit to 'ZOIC PalaeoTech kit'.
Whether part of our Budget range or our PRO Range, our tools and equipment represent the best value for money within their category when compared to other providers.
Our fossil preparation air pens are precision engineered to exacting standards, built with consistency for dependability and of course, enjoyability. Our innovations and designs are changing the way we approach fossil preparation, and we're always working on something new.
We pride ourselves in our customer service, and always want to go the extra mile. We celebrate, support and encourage all fossil preparators. No matter your skill level, budget or experience, we're here to help.
As firm believers in ‘try-before-you-buy’, we welcome visitors to come and try our tools out at our workshop on their way through to the Jurassic Coast (Covid and lockdowns dependant of course).
We hope that you enjoy browsing our website. Whether you're learning, or shopping, or both you are very welcome here!
Mihai & Kate
Founders, ZOIC PalaeoTech
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ZOIC PalaeoTech, where did the name come from? Think of MesoZOIC, PalaeoZOIC, CenoZOIC - this word means life. We provide the tools and technology to aid the discovery and preparation of all ancient life forms and palaeontological specimens.
As a company, we support a variety of charities. When you support us, you also help support the following!
Teenage Cancer Trust. Teenage Cancer Trust is a cancer care and support charity in the UK that exists to improve the cancer experience of young people aged 13–24.