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  1. A few months ago Ken @digit, had a post looking for Florida turtle specimens for a Flmnh project. A week later I went to the Peace and found this Apalone softshell. I hoping Ken post requests for a carnivore project next. After the Tampa Club fossil show this guy's new home will be at FLMNH. I also have quite a few vertebrae to prep as soon as I find some time.
  2. kirkjeremiah23

    Archaeotherium Jaw

    Working on an Archaeotherium jaw. It is in pretty rough shape and wish the teeth were in better condition, still a neat specimen. It still needs work but what do you guys think so far??
  3. Here’s a tease of one of my upcoming prep projects. It’s not next in queue but it’s coming soon. I spent some time doing exploratory prep on it for the last couple of days. Anyone know what it is? I’ll give you 2 hints. It’s from the Green River Formation and it’s not a fish.
  4. I went to St Leon Indiana, and I had a pretty good haul!!! Spent the day out there I have several fossils that are from the Ordovician time period and they’re in limestone, limestone shale. Does anyone have any good tips on washing them? Do you prefer dry? Just with a brush? What about any rusted stuff, do you use oxalic oxide? What about algae? Do you prefer water? Soap and water? Hydrogen peroxide? I’m afraid and don’t want to ruin any. Thank you! Jessica
  5. Bill Dye The Travis Guy

    Best way to clean these?

    Hello everyone, does anyone know the best way to clean these? I can’t sadly prep them with a sandblaster or air gun but I wanted to see if there is a way to dunk them in something? I’ve already washed them with soap and water and used a toothbrush. Any recommendations would be great!
  6. Hello all, I recently ordered a big piece of Wheeler Shale and have had loads of fun splitting the rock and finding Trilobites. I've got a nice complete specimen of each of the common species (Kingii, Wheeleri, Interstricta) as well as a ton of molts, cephalons, and pygidiums. I am a new prepper and thought this would be a good way to start, though my dream is to eventually learn how to do Moroccan or Russian trilobites. I've been practicing on the molts and parts of the trilos, but the head I am prepping currently looks like it is pyritized. It's got a few pyrite pieces on it, but
  7. ShinySpirals

    Is my prep plan any good?

    Hi all, I had a little trip to the Jurassic coast this weekend gone. During that time I found a lovely bit of iridescent ammonite poking out of a rock that had slipped down. There are a number of other ammonites in the rock too. I was wondering if anyone had advice/criticisms of my prep plan. I've not worked with iridescent ammonites before but understand them to be quite flaky. Step 1 Soak to reduce salt water content. I've given it a good soak in tap water last night. Not sure if more is required but on previous fossils from the coast I've never had a
  8. Hello everyone, I was out shark tooth hunting today and came across this rock.in the top middle section of this rock is what I am about 80 percent sure is a shark tooth, probably hastalis or great white. As you can tell it is not very visible in its current state. My problem is that I have never done a prep on a fossil before and was wondering if there is a safe way to remove the rock from the tooth without buying any special equipment to do so. Any advise? Thanks!
  9. I have some unprepped fossils I got online and I have the paleobond starter kit but don't have a compressor or scribe. Are those tools necessary? Can I just use the compressed air cans? If I need a compressor does it have to be a high quality one?
  10. Daveos

    Priscacara prep

    Just finished up this 2nd Priscacara prep job from 18" layer. I'm noticing each fish is its own beast, some are in softer stuff and some harder. Did this one between 20 and 30 psi. I keep getting fish that seem to have damage to the tail before they are buried. Also picked up a 12v electromagnet on Amazon. Works great for collecting the iron powder. Click it on, collect, click it off.
  11. Daveos

    What species GRF

    Disarticulated GRF fish. Not sure what species. Has these armor plates on back with teeth on them. Any ideas? Prepping it, got skull exposed.
  12. fossilhunter21

    Nice way to hang up air scribes

    Hey everyone! Just thought I would share this thing I made to organize my air scribes and parts, but also to have a way to keep them off the dirty bench when not using them. I have been working at the Village Barn (a small company that repairs and sells, boots, saddles, shaps, bridles, ropes, whips, knives, etc.) as an apprentice for about a month or two, and finally decided to try to make something to store my scribes. I think it turned out pretty good, but if I were to make it for someone else I would have made it nicer. Thanks for lo
  13. andy_mnemonic

    Megalonyx femur prep advice

    Hi folks, I recently found this Pleistocene mammal bone in an alluvial deposit midway up a cliff. Part had broken off when I found it, but I was able to collect all the pieces of what appears to be a Megalonyx femur. My stumbling block now is that I have zero prep experience and this is obviously a pretty good find so I don't want to mess it up... I had been reading up on the posts here about prepping and was waffling between paleobond or butvar to consolidate it and then paleobond to repair the breaks. I am also leaning towards having someone with more experience/a professional
  14. First real run with my new setup. Prepped out my Priscacara today. Was a bit disappointed the spikes were not spread out and the tail seems to have been damaged before it was buried. Very impressed with the powered iron. Working in the harder 18" layer stuff it seemed that ~50-60psi was good. Moving to the soft split layer stuff less than 10psi was more than sufficient. Collecting and reusing the iron is simple. Just use a magnet then filter it, stick it back into the problast. The cabinet wasn't ideal, but I realized that an adjustable laptop stand would
  15. This was a topic of discussion a few times in other threads. I had a small split layer fish I could sacrifice so I gave it a shot with iron powder at low psi. Seems to have worked well. I initially started around 8-10 psi but this was too high. Seems to work well around 5-7 psi. For the harder 18" stuff 30-40 works well. Cheers
  16. Completely new at this and ordered a box of unprepped dino fossils from Hell Creek. Anybody know of a good guide or tutorial? I already purchased Paleobond
  17. Hi everyone, hope you're all doing well. I've found this fossil on the pebble beach of Lyme Regis and I just wanted to know your opinion. Do you think is possible to prep this fossil or maybe it will only cause damage? It's 2x2 cm Thank you!
  18. I recently had the opportunity to purchase some jacketed fossils from a ranch in Garfield County, Montana in the hell creek formation. I bought 2 jackets, one with several small ribs present that I am currently working on. Another containing a single bone that I think is a hadrosaur pubis. One thing that surprised me was the wealth of smaller bits of bone present in the jacket I'm sure this is an amazing microsite I would love to see first hand. There were some really small bones that I don't think are identifiable but regardless very cool. This one with a r
  19. Hi everyone. New here, been lurking for a while. Drew some inspiration from what I've seen others post to build an air abrasive system. Been collecting 18" unprepped green river fish for a while now. Did one with an electric tool and wasn't super happy with the results. Ready to start with abrasives for sure. Just about done building the system, need to hook up the dust collector / vacuum / and exhaust. Main question is, where can I buy some iron power and dolomite? I see dolomite for sale on Amazon ect, Is it save to use that stuff? Is there a specific supplier you all us
  20. duderman

    The Heck am I Doing...?

    I was given this piece by a friend who found it in either Union County or Madison County, Iowa. Gut instinct tells me it might be a Megalodon tooth, but its hard telling not knowing. I am very new to prepping fossils myself, but fortunate enough to have at the least a few of the required tools such as a Chicago pneumatic air scribe, a dremel, and an airbrush sandblaster with aluminum oxide. I have attempted to remove parts of the outer layer covered in rust and shell fragments but have pumped the brakes since I really have no idea if the tooth, assuming thats what it is, will be the same color
  21. Have a good air scribe?little time ?, I have 5 kg of complete ammonites to offer for prep this winter,Callovian of Montreuil Bellay Maine-et-Loire France the cost of the 5kg Prepaid box for the world is 45 euros(except Russia and north Correa ),13euros 50 for France,i can send two boxes,i would like in return all kind of good fossils i still not already have ,Plants Ammonites(prep of course )brachiopds
  22. Hi — I was lucky enough to collect a few dozen Mazon nodules this weekend. But I am not familiar with how to best prepare and understand this material. Is there a guide that would answer questions like these: • Do I freeze-thaw specimens where fossils are already showing? What about 3d fossil that is partially obscured by matrix? • Are fossils best viewed wet or dry? (seems like dry) • How do I know what's a blobby worm or jellyfish vs a blobby bit of matrix? • Are there categories of finds (besides obviously empty nodules) that are not worth posting for ID?
  23. Ptychodus04

    Turtle Prep

    I’ve been out of the prep lab for a week with an illness that knocked me on my rear. Yesterday, I got back in the lab and got to work on the initial prep on a large turtle from the Green River Formation. This beast is about 5’ long and came from the Mini Fish Layer. The matrix is a bit sticky but the bone quality is exceptional. It was found with a skidsteer while clearing loose rock at the start of last season, so it’s in multiple pieces. That makes it a more manageable prep but it would have been cool in one piece! This little guy is going to take me several months to complete.
  24. Ptychodus04

    Mammoth Tooth

    One of my regular clients picked up this mammoth tooth at an estate sale. The previous owner was kind enough to slather it with plaster and coat that with lacquer around 40 years ago. The tooth was clearly fragile but they didn’t do it any favors. It took a bunch of scribe work and abrasive to remove it all. Then it got a healthy dose of Paraloid to stabilize what cementum was left.
  25. I was tempted recently to pick up a DIY fossil prep kit from an online retailer, have always been curious and wanted to give it a shot. You guys make it seem so easy! I only have manual tools (kit included a metal pick and I've started using a hobby knife to remove some of the upper layers a little faster). The whole slab is approx 17cm and the fish itself is maybe around 11cm. I started this thread to share my progress and get a little feedback. Any tips? Anything I absolutely shouldn't do, or do more of? There is also a big lump visible above the fish, wondering if that is worth digging into
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