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  1. Well, I’m finally getting to dig into my truckload of fossils from my Wyoming trip with @RJB so it’s my turn to open up a prep thread. I spent a couple hours today poking around to find the perfect fish to start with. The 18” layer never disappoints. This good sized Diplomystus has 2 Knightia on top of it. I’m going to try to save both but I’m concerned that the right hand one is covering most of the Diplo’s skull. If that’s the case, the little guy will have to go! This is after about 90 minutes of scribe work.
  2. Ptychodus04

    Tumidocarcinus Prep

    I took a break from working in contract preps last night and spent an hour with the Super Jack attacking the crab that I got from @Doctor Mud. This far, the crab doesn’t appear to be sticky or covered in calcite.
  3. Hello gang! With a repaired ticker, a solid bill of health and a finally completed off road capable vehicle; I am starting the planning for my annual July “super excursion”. As I purchase supplies and provisions I am planning to add various PaleoBond products to the mix. I’m looking for anecdotal information on the stability and shelf life of these products beyond what is in the documentation, this will help me determine what sizes/volumes I will buy. Discussion?
  4. Hi everyone, I need some help regarding my first preperation work. It's a Cuban Meg tooth in limestone. What is the best way to get the limestone off?
  5. Ptychodus04

    Lance Formation Turtle Bones

    @Nanotyrannus35 just sent me a handful of Lance Formation bone fragments to prep. They were mostly turtle shell and we’re pretty fragile in the loosely consolidated Lance Sandstone. A bit of time under the microscope with the micro jack and some low pressure abrasive worked wonders on the bones. They got a healthy dose of Paraloid B72 stabilizer and are headed back to their home today. Some before and after pics are below.
  6. Sjfriend

    Latham Shale Slab Repair

    Found on my last trip to the Marble Mountains Latham Shale. I found this when just a little bit was sticking out of the hillside surface. Took me most of a day to extract. As you can see, it didn't as they say "come quietly" I used a couple little tubes of super glue to hold it together as much as possible before extracting it but it still came out in more then a few pieces I spent about a week getting it back together as much as possible (I mean really, who doesn't have some bolts and screws left over when putting their car back together ) I have a lot more advanced prep to loo
  7. Manticocerasman

    Acanthoceras rhotomagense prep

    On our last fieldtrip to France this weekend we found a chalk-boulder with a quite large ammonite in it. The chalk was realy hard, but I was able to reduce it in size to take it back home. At the start of the prep with chislle and hammer I got a lucky split where the boulder opened to reveal most of the ammonite. The airscribe then did a quick job to remove the last bits. Sadly the center of the ammonite wasn't preserved, I tried to sculpt the center as well as I could and coloured it to match the fossil. As for the determination we had a little doubt between Cunningt
  8. Hi everyone, I went fossil hunting on the Yorkshire Coast a few days ago and picked up plenty of Dactylioceras ammos but not much else. Among them are these two which both cracked after an exploratory 'tap' with the hammer. I have never glued broken ammonites together for prep before but have seen it spoken about a lot. I have a few questions about how to approach this. Firstly, do you think these specimens are viable? The other issue is that I only have a Dremel to prep with so even if I glue them back together there will be an awful lot of matrix to remove..
  9. Tigereagle12345

    Help With Green River Fish Fossil

    I have recently recived a fossil fish (Probably a knightia) from the Green River formation. I am inexperienced with these fossils and have no idea how to prepare them. If someone could give me advice it would be greatly appreciated. The Fossil Outline My tools (The tool on the left is an electric engraver with air scribe tips, I have 2 fine tips and 1 chisel tip)
  10. Whilst walking on sheppey yesterday I found a good size crocodile vert in a phosphatic nodule. I'd love for it to be prepped professionally, I don't think me trying with hand tools and limited know how will end well. It is one of my first larger finds so I'd love for it to look as nice as possible. Are there any preparators or prep services you would recommend for sheppey fossils that may work with this? I understand this will not be the most aesthetic or easy prep job, as is often the case for sheppey finds, but it means alot to me. The nodule is a bit worn, but soft enou
  11. Lorraine Be

    Tiny golden ammonites

    Hi all. I found this piece today in Withernsea, Yorkshire. I have a Dremel and I've made a start on prepping it but I'm scared of damaging hidden ammonites. Any suggestions? Also, what type of ammonites are they? Thanks for any advice.
  12. I got this egg for free from the chap I get my China fossils from. Not the best shape, but for free, who is complaining? Now, is there any way to spruce it up a bit? Clean it etc so it looks nicer without further damaging it? Thanka
  13. Ptychodus04

    Tumidocarcinus Prep

    I know I started a thread about this crab a while ago but I can’t find it. I received this beast in trade from @Doctor Mud about a year ago and prepped on it for a bit until I found carapace and then got busy with other work. Contract work slows down around the holidays, so I’m back at the big boy. Trying to get it out of the lab. I’m about 23 hours into it so far with at least double that to go. I know @Ludwigia is going to hate me but here’s another Instagram VIDEO. This crab turned out to be really sticky but it’s the best Tumidocarcinus I’ve eve
  14. I'd gotten an Edmontosaurus caudal vertebra from @Troodon and had decided to prepare it a bit. I had used water to soften the matrix and a metal pick. Here are the before and after pictures. Before And after Also, does anyone have any tips on how to prepare hell creek fm fossils because I just wet the matrix and basically scooped it out.
  15. Planko

    Electric Scrib

    Hey everyone. With my quest for ammonites I need to see if there is a recommended good Electric scrib. Pneumatic I can find a few but compressors are going to keep the misses up. We all know that is not good. Just found 3 new species for my collection but they are invedded in concrete. Well you know what I mean.
  16. hadrosauridae

    Edmontosaurus Neural arch prep

    It's Fossil Friday, so I have another fossil video ready. This is a prep of the Edmontosaurus neural arch I recovered in the video posted last week. A little background: Edmontosaurus Annectins, 66 millions years old (Maastrichtian) of the Hell Creek formation, Butte county, South Dakota. Recovered while digging with Paleo Adventures
  17. I have this Greenops that I found at Penn Dixie and I was wondering if it would be worth it to prep it more or leave it as it is. It looks like it’s possible the cephalon is still encased in rock since it looks like the genal spines may be barely present (see red circles). I only have small hand tools (dental picks, pin vise) to do the prep work.
  18. Hello, I heard you can use "all purpose glue" that's apparently used in schools, mixed with acetone to make a cheap consolidant. I need a lot of the stuff for a pretty "far gone" fossil. I think I managed to find something, but I am still unsure whether or not I could use it (if it's the right type of glue). (What I need) (What I found)
  19. hadrosauridae

    Youtube video of my prep space

    I recently started a new YouTube channel exclusively for hosting my fossil hunting and prepping content. A lot of people who are new to fossil prep are curious about how other people set up their work areas and what tools to use, so I made my first video to discuss at this topic.
  20. IsaacTheFossilMan

    Water on fossil fish?

    Simple question here: I've bought some fossil fish from the Eocene of the USA. Some of them are a bit dusty, and I wondered if I can use water to gently clean them.
  21. fossilhunter21

    Oreodont prep!

    I recieved this skull yesterday and have been working on it whenever I have time. The skull is not super complete, but I still like it. Here are the images from the seller:
  22. Haravex

    Crab abdomen prep help

    So I'm prepping this crab I got from Indonesia but the bottom is looking a little weird one part of it looks like a piece is flipped over is that possible? Also it's very very fragile.
  23. Sometime ago, I acquired an ichthyosaur skull that was poorly prepped. It had been roughly grinded and had lost much of its surface details. This is unlike the Holzmaden-style ichthyosaurs that were professionally prepped from the beginning, resulting in a beautiful fossil with scleral eye rings and full teeth etc. It's the reason collectors get unprepped Keichousaurus and send them to professional preppers, with the resultant Keichousaurus being more detailed than the ones you see from the Chinese market. This guy here is as flat as a pancake and so it would take delicate work to
  24. I recently found a bunch of eocene urchins near Jebel Hafeet in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Most of them are a peculiar orange colour. The trouble comes when trying to expose the hidden parts of the urchin. When I remove the matrix, I don't see the orange color anymore. There's a grey layer that covers the fossil, which looks exactly like the fossil, but it's on top of the fossil. The matrix pops off of this layer. I don't know how to prepare this. Many of the urchins are only about as thick as a folded piece of paper, so I don't want to mess around too much with vinegar. A
  25. I've had little free time as of late, but I've made good use of some of it by starting to learn how to prepare my fossils. Here's a find I made recently that I finished tonight. It's taken a little longer than i expected, but that's because I would live stream some the prep on TikTok, where I'd prep (with one hand, risky business!) while also answering some questions about fossils and how to get started hunting, etc. This made it slow but enjoyable work. These come from my current best site that I have. The teeth are small, but perfectly preserved, since they come straight out of
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