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  1. Given a sample of sandstone that appears uniform to the naked eye, how can one determine where the bedding planes are? Are there magnification/chemical or other tricks in our tool box?
  2. Cifelli, R., Madsen, S.K. and Larson, M.E., 1996. Techniques for recovery and preparation of microvertebrate fossils (No. 4). Oklahoma Geological Survey. http://preparation.paleo.amnh.org/assets/Madsen1996Microvertebratepreparation.pdf https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259022020_Techniques_for_Recovery_and_Preparation_of_Microvertebrate_Fossils https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Richard_Cifelli/research Hibbard, C.W., 1949. Techniques of collecting microvertebrate fossils. Contributions of the Museum of Paleontology, University of Michigan 3 (
  3. Thanks to my recent forays into the depths of paleontology academia, a new contact at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln sent me the link to this free publication. While the art is a bit, um...well, you will see, I had my reservations...but this is a handy guide for fossil hunters, particularly newbies and youngsters in my opinion. While written with Nebraska inverts in mind, it will be a useful reference for just about anyone. I admit, i learned a few things! Record in Rock: A Handbook of the Invertebrate Fossils of Nebraska Roger K. Pabian
  4. Corbacho, J. and Sendino, C., 2012. Fossil fakes and their recognition. Deposits Magazine, 30, pp.35-40. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/265208436_Fossil_fakes_and_their_recognition https://www.researchgate.net/publication/320686323_Fossil_fakes_and_their_recognition https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Joan_Corbacho Corbacho, J., I. Corbacho, S. Morrison, and M. Valent, 2015,. Latest techniques detected in the falsification of fossils. Batallería. vol. 22, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284737545_Latest_techniques_detected_in_the_falsificat
  5. I just found this paper on air abrasion for those of us that would like to increase our knowledge and maybe adjust our techniques while using air abrasives. EDIT: SEPARATE LINK TO SOURCE https://palaeo-electronica.org/content/2018/2279-air-abrasive-fossil-preparation
  6. My father was an artist who did quite a bit of sculpture in wood and stone. Unfortunately I did not inherit his ability to draw and sculpt. He always said that he basically knew what was hiding in the piece of wood or soapstone from the time he saw it. He said the animal or abstract work was always in there it was just waiting for him to take the crud off what was obstructing the view. Well prepping trilobites is very much like that . You need to figure out the best way to present the bug really before you start the prep. You need to visualize the end product. Here is a Plattevi
  7. Probably a stupid question, but, what are some good tips and and rules of thumb in hunting fossils in suburban areas, such as rivers, forests, ect..
  8. FossilLife

    Fossil Prepping Hacks?

    Hey guys Im writing an article on my fossil blog about hacks for preparing your fossils. What are your best fossil preppin' hacks? Looking forward for reading your answers!
  9. Thought I'd share this here. I just purchased a nifty device for aiding photography through the microscope with a cell phone. I shoot photos through the scope all the time, and if you have ever done this, you know that it takes surgeon's hands to find the eyepiece, center the photo, and get a crisp image. This device clamps to the eye-piece and works on monocular and binocular scopes. It adjusts for the placement of any cell phone. A bit pricey at $189 (available online at Scientific Device Laboratory), but I had to have it and already love it. Here's a pic without the p
  10. Rocky Stoner

    Excavating for fossils

    Hi Folks. I have found over a hundred of these in a relatively small area. Basically, in my yard and garden. I recently tilled a neighboring section up the ridge about 30' X 40' to look for more arrowheads and such. Found 2 arrowheads after the first rain, and maybe 20 of the fossils. There is only a few inches of top soil, then there is soft yellow shale several feet deep in places. I drilled some 40" deep holes for a pole building by the garden and it was all the soft shale. The artifacts are of course in the top soil but my plow cuts into the shale several inches and I think
  11. " THE BRISTOL DINOSAUR PROJECT – A CONSERVATION AND PREPARATION OVERVIEW" from the Journal of Paleontological Techniques, a Symposium Volume covering the 1st International Conservation Symposium-Workshop. The Bristol Dinosaur Project involved extensive preparation and conservation of a large collection of macro- and microvertebrate fossils. The starting point was some four tonnes of fossiliferous cave-fill breccia, and the laboratory procedures involved a broad range of physical and chemical approaches to reduce this matrix and extract, conserve, and curate the dinos
  12. Cifelli, R. L., ed., 1996, Techniques for recovery and preparation of microvertebrate fossils. Special publication no. 96-4. Oklahoma Geological Survey, Norman, Oklahoma. 36 pp. http://vertpaleo.org/For-Members/Preparators-Resources/Preparators-Resources-PDF-files/Cifelli_ed_1996.aspx Schiebout, J. A., S. Ting, and J. T. Sankey, 1998, Microvertebrate concentrations in pedogenic nodule conglomerates: recognizing the rocks and recovering and interpreting the fossils. Palaeontologia Electronica. vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 1-54 pp. http://palaeo-electronic
  13. koscojo

    Fossil Cleaning?

    When you find fossils, how do you clean them? I want a way that won't harm them in any way, shape, or form. Most of my specimens have sand in crevices. Any ideas? I did check out some books from my school library, but they're VERY old books and they suggest gasoline for some and to paint the fossils to make them stand out. I didn't think this was modern protocol lol.
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