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Found 24 results

  1. I have recently had tree down in my yard and somehow the fall knocked down my only Mosasaur tooth! Thankfully, it was a clean break. Now I am left wondering how to fix it? What type of glue (preferably cheap) should I use? I got some Gorilla Glue, but I am worried what could happen if I don’t use the proper mixture. Just for my own personal curiosity, what could happen (besides the glue not holding) if the right chemical mixture isn’t used?
  2. Hello everyone, I recently received this large 14inch ammonite and the shipper had no care in the world to put even an ounce of protection thus this is the result I'm not experienced with much prep and not confident superglue would cut it so what would you all recommend to help repair this specimen as well as clean off some of the dirt/dust layer coating alot of it?
  3. Iowa Mystery Bone ID

    Need help identifying what appears to be a tooth or bone of some sort. Found in the far northeastern part of Iowa (almost South Dakota) about 8 inches deep in the sandy shore of the Big Sioux River. The left and right side appear to be very slightly broken off, as well as what I would assume to be the bottom.
  4. Is this a chunk of mastodon tooth?

    My wife found this yesterday at Myrtle Beach, SC. I'm thinking maybe a broken off piece of mastodon. What do folks think?
  5. Hello all this is my first post. I recently came into possession of what I believe to be a Allosaurus rib fossil. Unfortunately the specimen snapped in a few places during transit. This dose however give me the opportunity to post pictures of the broken sections. Not exactly what I was expecting to see, but then again this is my first large fossil so I don't really know what I was expecting to see. some information I was provided from the previous owner: '"last 6 inches of the distal end, is restorated. The rest of the rib was found largely intact. Found on private land in the Morrison Formation" Any information that can be provided to me would be a great help. Debbie
  6. Hi everyone, unfortunately today the tip of my spinosaurus tooth has broken off - its just under 7" and about 1-2" have broken off. I've read on here that paleobond is a really great adhesive to fix this however, being from the UK I've had a look and they don't ship to where I live - I have emailed if they are able to change this waiting on a reply. I was just wondering if anyone knows in the UK if there is anywhere I can go or a similar type of adhesive that will work just as well? Thank you in advance for any replies
  7. I accidentally dropped part of my collection I was moving my tray to wipe the table and I let one of my favorite little Concretions roll right off and on to the floor. I’m so dumb!! It was part of a growing Concretion collection I started that was never going to be opened. On the bright side (if you can call it that) it was pretty to see how glittery it is on the inside.
  8. FAIL!

    "The appearance of these sharks are largely unknown. However, author and illustrator Ray Troll mentions in his book, Sharkabet, about how paleontologist Rainer Zangerl once discovered a large shale slab containing a long, eel-like fish covered in long, spine-like denticles, only to have it dry out and crumble into dust. As such, according to Zangerl's account, Troll reconstructs Listracanthus as resembling a tremendous, fiercely-bristled frill shark." http://fossil.wikia.com/wiki/Listracanthus Oh my GOD!!!!!!! How frustrating!!!! To actually have uncovered an imprint of an extinct shark, one of the many holy grails of collecting, but it being destroyed, and before anyone else could even see it(and i guess before he took a picture of it:/ ). Brings a whole new aspect into the sad idea of discoveries that could, or even HAVE been made, but haven't, won't, or can't be actually discovered to science:( I wonder how many paleontologists have nightmares about that? Maybe even a common nightmare thread for the career? *by the way, these are in the edestus/helicoprion family, so maybe this is a clue as to what those guys looked like? (simultaneous to all of helicoprion's and to most of edestus' known spans...I don't know what, if anything, that might point to as far as likelyhoods of potential similarities)
  9. * I don’t want to trade, I’d like Just give him away * He’s pretty badly broken, but still really cool. one of you could save him? Anyone up for it?
  10. Broken woolly Rhino skull, Need Help!!!

    Hi guys, Recently I ordered a partial wooly rhino skull and as you could imagine I was on the brink of tears when it arrived. I ordered from overseas and someone must have dropped the box or something? but I am contacting the seller to see if I could get a partial refund (but I have my doubts). So I am trying to be positive and make this my "not so little" prep project, there is one problem though. I have no idea what I'm doing! (I don't even know if It's salvageable) So this is where you amazing people come in. I would love to get this looking as original as possible and was wondering if there was a product for that, or if I could just use household items, Or maybe there's some other solution that is foreign to me? Anyway, I would love to here every idea and any advice you've got. I have taken some pictures that are listed below, the last two are it in the condition before it was sent. If you need any more pictures to refer to, Please! contact me otherwise thanks for taking the time to read this and hope to hear from you soon. Thanks so much, Ryan.
  11. Leedsichthys Problematicus

    From the album Sharks and fish

    Small section of a fin ray from a Leedsychthys Problematicus tail. About 2" Lower Ox. Clay, Callovian middle Jurassic. 160 mya Hampton Lakes Peterborough, Cambs, UK
  12. What tooth is this?

    A short while ago my dad accidently dropped the tooth pictured below and I would quite like to replace it but I have no idea what it's from! -Dinosaur?
  13. Greetings, I recently bought a beautiful Spinosaurus tooth that was previously restored as some parts were obviously broken and put together with some sort of brown putty which looks like dirt or rock fragments. The problem is that the tooth had an accident a few days ago (it fell from the stand) and it broke again. I put the parts together with super glue but the cracks are now wide and visible and I would like to hide them a little bit by using some putty or resin, I don't want the tooth to look perfect and unbroken, just to look like before it fell, like there is some dirt or rock fragments instead of cracks. Do you have any tip about how to do that? Any brown putty or resin? Thank you very much.
  14. My second question tonight. I found a few shark tooth shapes that seemed interesting enough to not toss back in the Big Brook this weekend. I was hoping for some advice. One seems to me to be a fractured tooth with mostly the root remaining (the larger black one). It feels dense and hard like a stone. I couldn't tell at the site with my bad eyes but there are some groves in part of the "tooth" that help make it look like something of the tooth variety. It certainly appears to be something significant, if only a piece of it. The smallest black item is hard like a rock as well yet seems like it would have been a tooth. There are no clear signs though. Do some fossils lose their definition like this? And lastly, I found something that looks like the shape of a tooth but it may be embedded in some other substrate. Can I scratch away at it with a pick, or tap at it with a small rock hammer or the like to see if anything comes off? Thanks for your patience. Andy
  15. Megalodon repair suggestions

    I have been gifting some Florida fossil sharks teeth that I have found to the 8 year old son of my technician. He adores these fossils. So to do something different this year I had noticed some Forum Members had been repairing broken Megalodon teeth and gave nice instructions. So I decided to fix a big one for him to gift at Christmas. A tooth that was only 67% present caught my on line eye due to it's LOW price ( 10 bucs). Even if I mess up the repair, I am only out pocket change. @Reptilia and @mattbsharks had great info on how to repair these teeth. The purpose of this post is to add to their detailed suggestions. Painting is likely to be someone's biggest struggle in the repair of a broken meg. What I did to help with this step was put paint into the resin while I was mixing it, making the need to paint the tooth potentially unneeded. The putty is a greyish white to begin with. To it, I added some brown and black resulting in an almost perfect match for the root. There is subtle streaks of color since I did not excessively kneed the last couple of paint drops that I applied. This adds much realism to the fake root. In this picture, a large piece of root was missing and is already repaired. It is hard to tell where I filled in the void. The resin in my fingers was mixed up to fill in a few depressions not noticed on my initial repair. No painting necessary!!!!!!!!!! Next, I tackled the missing enamel. I thought I had a good match for the natural tooth, but when it dried, I needed to add JUST A LITTLE paint to bring it in line with the natural enamel. Total paint time was under 2 minutes! Below is the enamel prior to painting. Close but not quite on the match. Did I create a perfect look a like? NO! Could I have? YES, VERY EASILY, and this was my first attempt. It is not hard to do (and is fun!!). I listened to the wise @snolly50, who made me think about the implications of such repairs and decided my creations always need to look repaired to a collector, yet good enough to fool a 8 year old for the next 8 years. So some imperfections in shape purposely remain. To make sure this is not passed on as a complete meg, I etched an M subtly in the repaired part of the root that will make anyone with any knowledge of megs scratch their heads. Unfortunately I did not get a finished picture, having to get it wrapped quickly, as I am leaving for Ohio for the holidays. Maybe a shot of it with the little boy holding it is warranted when I get back. Happy Holidays to one and all. One question to those who have repaired megs: How do you create the dark color in the cracks running through the enamel? I tried different techniques until it came close but none were quite as good as I would have liked. Mike
  16. Paramblypterus

    Found this "cutted" fish years ago, it slept in a box in my barn, now I´ve prepared it but can´t imagine what had happened million years ago, the fossil is complete articulated but cutted! See the pictures from Positiv and Negative ( The Negative Para.1 I had coloured - the PosPara. 2 is the Original not coloured). Who has an explanation what happened? Thanks
  17. Cow shark tooth?

    I received a mosasaur jaw in matrix and I found something is the side which I think is a cow shark(Hexanchus) because of the formation but it is broken in half, it is from Morocco.
  18. Need your help - Is this bone?

    Hi, i need your help here. A buddy of mine found this on an old colonial era site. It actually goes back further. Artifacts such as old pewter spoons were found. Now I know that this is not a fossil, but knowing how knowledge this group is, do you think this is a bone? Few facts. 1) it does not stick to wet skin which I believe is one indicator? 2) there is no marrow 3) it has a layered look 4) part of the surface is flat to me it almost looks like a tobacco pipe bowl rather than bone. So -it is bone? thanks!!
  19. Hello everybody, I recently acquired a small and beautiful Rotuloidea which unfortunately fell on the floor and was damaged with a few cracks as you can see at the picture below. Does anybody know if is there any way to fix them or make them less visible please? Thank you very much.
  20. Shark Tooth Piece?

    Is this a piece of shark tooth? It is maybe about 1/2". Thanks!
  21. Titantothere Teeth Repair

    Hi, I recently purchased some fossil titanothere teeth on eBay. I don't think the seller had ever sold or shipped a fossil before, when it arrived and I picked up the box it became immediately clear that it hadn't been packed well. When I opened it my worst fears were immediately confirmed. Lying there in a single piece of bubble wrap was my fossil in pieces . I'm hoping to repair it and I was thinking of using some plaster and paint certain parts black to repair it but people here are much more experienced than me and usually have better ideas then I do. Here are some photos:
  22. Sooo...today the postman rings our doorbell with a package from Estonia that was supposed to contain an intact (although ever-so-slightly disarticulated--hey, it was cheap compared to a perfect specimen) Asaphus kowalewski...well, that's not what arrived... As far as I can tell, the box was packed well before it left, but somewhere in transit, someone decided to cut one of the plastic tie downs holding it in the inner box and inspect the specimen (maybe they thought I was trying to smuggle drugs in a trilobite?!?) and put it back in the box unsecured. As a result, it rattled around in the box, and by the time I received it, the eyes were a bunch of small bits hiding in the bottom of the box. I have contacted the seller and hope to have a resolution soon. In the meantime, my heart is heavy as I hold the remains of what was once a lovely trilobite. Perhaps if I can get my money back without having to ship it back, I can try to glue the eye stalks back together and restore the specimen to a presentable state...or something... sigh, ---Prem
  23. I picked up this Megalodon broken tooth at a show a week ago from a tooth vendor who dives and hunts the shores in SC and MD, etc. It's 169 grams and 4 inches wide at the root which means it's probably a 5 maybe 5.5 inch tooth with a diagonal measurement? This is the first Megalodon tooth that I've acquired although I've found some small teeth in Florida decades ago on the west coast. I also picked up some Isurus from that same vendor. I've never had an interest in Megalodon teeth, maybe because of the price, but I though this one was interesting enough at $10. I like the color and both edges with serration's visible are there. Cheap enough that if it walks off your desk it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world but a good conversation piece nevertheless. I spoke to the vendor and he indicated that this was a compound fracture. I searched around on the web but couldn't figure out how you would recognize a fracture that occurred while in the shark's jaw, before fossilization, or after fossilization. Does this have characteristics of having broken during the shark's life? Thanks everyone!
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