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I found these while digging in red clay on the banks of the crooked creek that runs primarily through bollinger county. In the same location that I have been finding many smithville snail fossils. They are egg shaped and fairly brittle. All were in the same spot in the clay. Can anyone help me identify them. Are they fossils, if so what?
There are lots of locations in the country where the fossils we collect are found associated with red soil or persistent red clay. This isn't a rust stain, but the very fine grains embedding themselves on the porous surface of the fossil, in the following picture the subject is specifically echinoids. Is there a secret way of removing this coloration? The Wythella eldridgei are particularly fragile, so I was concerned about ultrasonic cleaning or heavy scrubbing. Any tips?