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  1. I found this in 1989 on the upper Powder River in Wyoming. It was in an area with lots of these baculite-shaped things. I thought it would make a great knife handle so that's what I did. However, I've never seen anything like it. It has the general shape of a baculite but the exterior seems to be covered by something. I get the "sense" of a type of sea weed, or a jelly fish or something, but I doubt very seriously something soft like that could fossilize. So I am looking for an expert to tell me what I have. Also interesting, is different aspects of the "raised" features are different c
  2. Ok, I just came across articles about soft tissue remains, apparently including some form of degraded blood, in a mosasaur. That of course, brings up the T-Rex soft tissue found, to me. I seem to understand what I keep reading, but I can’t help it, again I find myself thinking...Really? C’mon, REALLY??? Am I just misinterpreting the whole thing, or is there actually real, true, gen-u-ine unfossilized/in mineralized, preserved soft tissues and blood remains in these 70ish million year old “fully” umineralized animals? ...............HOW?????????????? How, when the rest of the an
  3. Hi all. I have seen people reference the Paasche, but complain about the capacity. What are you using? Any tips? Has anyone tried THIS unit, or see anything good/bad about it? Do you still use air abrasives if the matrix is harder than the fossil?
  4. Hi All, I was given this fish as a present for Xmas. It is labelled as: Syngatus sp, Miocene, Nevada USA The matrix seems very soft and fragile. How would I stabilise it and give it more strength. Thanks
  5. The other day I posted trilobite pics in this ID page thread I just used a beat up drywall saw to cut the section with the trilo out of the slab, then tried to "split" the whacked at the rest of it hoping for more. The siltstone (noncalcareous dolomite maybe?) was so soft it just crumbled. I tried tapping around the edges, which just sort of mashed in, and also tried a chisel, which just took off crumbly flakes (and I wish that was as easy when I try to nap flint). I knew if I found another specimen I'd destroy it trying to get at it, but went for it anyway as a technique-lear
  6. Ptychodus04

    Bison Prep

    In tandem with the phytosaur prep, I’ve also started a very challenging bison skull project. This specimen is sub-fossil bone and VERY soft. The bone inside the foils wrapping is a crumbling mess. First step was to wrap it in towels and let it dry for a week.
  7. Yoda

    Sulphurous patch?

    So I was treating my collections from Betteshanger trip with Paraloid. Noticed that this specimen has this large soft yellow patch. Looks like some sort of sulphur compound? How should I treat this? Just cover the whole rock with Paraloid? Or should I remove this first?
  8. At my main fossil site, soft fossil driftwood is pretty common, buried in cretaceous mud. It is full clam borings. Some of it looks great when first dug up, even with the bark still on it. Unfortunately, as it dries it crumbles to fragments. I think it is full of pyrite. Does anyone know how to preserve wood like this?
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