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  1. Arkona Crinoid prep

    Here is a Corocrinus calypso I found in the south pit at Hungry Hollow last fall (southern Ontario, Canada, Devonian age). In the past these were a common find in the Arkona formation, but access to the productive outcrops is becoming rare. I stumbled upon this one on top of the northern end of the pit. Sitting there in ten pieces and eroding away, I was lucky to have found it before it turned to dust. The matrix is more solid than the usual clay which makes up the Arkona so I believe it was weathering out of a concretion. I glued the bits that obviously fit together and it ended up in a box with my other Arkona keepers. Two weeks ago I was looking through the collection and decided to prep one of the nicer chunks. After messing around for an hour or so I realized that everything fit together into one piece. Cool! There are some gaps as the edges are worn but I'll take it. Most of my prep experience has been on E. rana from Penn Dixie which are usually quite sturdy and forgiving (I'm not very patient but luckily have not ruined a fossil yet). With this probably being my favourite find to date, it was time to turn down the psi and take my time. I think it is coming along nicely after seven or eight hours of work. Planning to spend another seven hours on it this week to finish it off. Not a lengthy prep for some, but certainly my longest so far.
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