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  1. Recently, guidelines for posting in the ID section were put in the FAQ section: "Identification Posting For The Uninitiated". There, handy tips are provided to help people pose their ID questions in such a way that other members get the information needed to help them come to a conclusive identification (good photographs, any available age/locality data, etc.). All in all a very useful shortlist. However, reading it I felt something was missing. If someone takes the trouble of producing good photographs and provides all age/locality data he/she has, then this person deserves an answer to
  2. I recently completed my first fossil prep. Woohoo! As a novice, I did a lot of reading and research; trying to piece together exactly what I was supposed to do. How exactly I was supposed to "prep" the fossil and what that process entailed. While I found a wealth of information here on TFF, and other avenues, that information took a while for me to uncover and assemble into something useful. Not that the information itself wasn't useful, but uncovering a bit of info would often cause even more questions to arise. Consequently, it sometimes felt like taking 1 step forward but 3 steps back at th
  3. Hello, there is a subject that I know almost nothing about and I would like to learn more about it. I am talking about the process of uncovering fossils and I don't mean getting them out of the ground, I am talking about cleaning them and removing stone from them (I am sure there is an actual term for this but as I said I know almost nothing about it). I saw the tools that are used for this task in a lab in the united states about 2 years ago but I would love to learn more about the process and is it possible for me to do it? I have no experience or special tools but can I learn this skill and
  4. Many of the fossils collected from the Bighorn Basin are coated in this nasty purple-ish carbonate material. I've tried soaking it in a dilute acetic acid but it's not very effective. Would dilute muriatic acid work? Or would it react with hydroxyapatite?
  5. I found two ichthyosaur ribs and a fern leaf on my local beach, yesterday. Unfortunately for me, they were in a massive slab which probably weighed no less than 25-30kg. At first I tried using my chisel and hammer to try and split up the rock into more manageable chunks but that didn't seem to work. Moreover, the bits of rock were flaking dangerously close to the fossils. I then tried rolling the rock, and this worked for a while until it rolled into a pit where it got stuck. With the tide coming in, I was forced to leave the slab. Now this got me thinking: How do people go about getting big a
  6. VERY new to all this - like, started internet research a few days ago. My 4 year old son is obsessed with sharks, so I am taking our family to mataoka beach to look for some shark teeth fossils. I picked up some colanders and sieves from the dollar store to make double level shark tooth sifters, similar to some stuff I saw on this forum. **But how do I know where or which stuff to scoop sift for sifting?** Thanks in advance for any advice - links to videos especially appreciated!
  7. ParkerPaleo

    Tar pit materials prep guide

    Does anyone have good information regarding tar pit prep?
  8. Megalodoodle

    How do I Begin Collecting?

    I’ve already bought a few specimens, but I haven’t really collected fossils personally. What do I collect first? Where to collect? What to look for? How do I identify a promising collecting spot? I want to collect fossils without having to travel beyond my state, Virginia, (obviously due to ‘rona.) Obviously this may not be the best time to leave the house, but I want to at least be prepared for when we are released from quarantine! Already have a the basic collecting tools I just need to know how to use them (any specific techniques, or is it basically the same as when your mineral collecting
  9. Found this video on Youtube, and thought it was pretty ingenious. I like the DIY blaster box idea, as well. Thought it might be an option for those of us who cannot break the bank to do our own fossil prep. This has given me some ideas to try out. Hope this helps someone out. Good luck!
  10. As the title states what is your standard hunting gear? For those who need a prompt here is one: A fellow TFF member has asked you to join them on a hunt. They are keeping the location a secret. What do you bring?
  11. Hello all. I recently received a fossil branch in delicate shale. It wasn't packaged well and arrived broken. It is a shame. I want to know what the best way is to repair it and hide the cracks. The first picture is what it looked like before it was sent to me. Thank you! ps: if anyone knows what it is an ID would be appreciated as well, but my primary concern is the best way to repair it.
  12. I have some megalodon teeth that are prime candidates for being “diamond polished”. I just don’t know what tools to use. Or if I need a certain polish. I just have no idea. Also how to add graphite into the teeth to polish. I think that’s really cool too. If anyone has any advice it will be greatly appreciated. Thanks
  13. There is a forum here but i can’t access it to sell my fossil shark tooth because it says it is a privilege and I do not want to trade it for another item so how can I sell it
  14. JustinFL

    Megalodon root cleaning

    Any suggestions on what to use to whiten this Megalodon root? Thanks in advance!
  15. I recently heard of the discovery of soft tissues in a tyrannosaurus rex femur. That was a few years ago, but I was asking myself if I could try it out myself. Has somebody already tried this, or knows hown to do it? Thanks, Ramon G.
  16. I would like to know how to respond to individuals in a posting that I started
  17. I'm an "uninitiated," tho I have learned from and enjoyed thoroughly the discussions I've found here as a guest so decided to join y'all. As such, I am exploding with more questions than answers since researching the fossils, rocks, and shards found in our area of Pennsylvania. I have plenty of photos and not a clear surface nor empty jar in the house! My question to you veterans and thoughtful responders is this, "How much is too much?" I truly want to learn about what we have and am getting lost in the vast expanse of Pinterest images while learning little, but I don't want to wear patience
  18. When posting in the ID section it is very important to follow these simple guidelines. Images should be in focus and the fossil should take up most of the photo, it is important that the details of the fossil can be seen. With some fossils it is necessary to take multiple images of the fossil at different angles. It is also important to tell us what formation or location the fossil was found or to know the geologic age of the fossil. When posting a new topic for an id be as descriptive as you can in the title instead of putting id needed put mammal tooth id need or if you think you might know
  19. Clayton Phipps

    Drilling A Hole In A Fossil

    Hello. I'm new to this forum. So I hope I am posting this in the right place. For Christmas this year I am trying to put some ammonite and orthoceras fossils on a few necklaces for my nieces and nephews. I have cut shaped and polished the fossils. I know that a fossils density is harder than stone. so what do i need to use to drill it so it will not fracture. will try to post 2 photos but the fossils are common
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