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Found 7 results

  1. Plans for the 3rd Møns Klint Fossil Excavation

    Nowadays, I'm mostly focused on preparing for my high school finals. But in my free time... Well I started to plan the 3rd Møns Klint Fossil Excavation (MKFE), as part of the larger Møns Klint Fossil Research Program. This field session has been planned for mid-August, and will last about 2 weeks - needless to say, I'm pretty excited Especially when considering the success of the 2nd MKFE... Collection policy will remain mostly the same as last time, meaning that arthropod, cephalopod, echinoderm and vertebrate material will be the priority. Of course, there will be a slight change; with more focus on articulated/associated remains (because single, eroded fragments are becoming a bit too numerous...). Also, last year, when I was collecting anything significant (e.g. articulated echinoderm remains), I forgot to try and find associated zone fossils. This time, I'll remember to collect zone fossils (brachiopods and belemnites), as they can be pretty useful for determining more precisely the age of a specimen. Of course, I'll use this field trip as an opportunity to donate to the GeoCenter museum some of the fossils from the 2nd MKFE. Can't wait to go back there!! -Christian
  2. More preparations for Niobrara Fm. field trip

    Hey everyone - hope you're all havin' a good time Some of you might remember that I was making preparations, some time ago, for a field trip to the Kansas chalk. I'm hoping to be there for a few weeks in august, but I'm trying to get the preparations done in advance One of these is compiling a list of useful things to know, just little bits of information that'd be good to keep in mind during my field trip.. What to you people think of this? Some of these are based on what other TFF members have told me (e.g. @Castle Rock, @Ramo...) Having a solid ‘collection policy’, but not too specific (for instance, "collecting only fish material" etc…) Concerning field trips, try to always have a Plan B (location-wise) Anything fairly large should be removed with a plaster jacket - concerning this – for fish, no ‘release layer’ between fossil and plaster jacket should be added (due to fragility of bones) – plaster is enough to keep the bones safe Fossils in the yellow chalk are “easier” to excavate, as the matrix is strong and it protects better the fossils Most fish bones are very thin and very fragile Fossils should be prepared in the 'usual way' (dental picks + consolidant/preservative) Record EVERY bit of information that can be acquired (i.e. stratigraphy, systematic paleontology etc…) as it can come in very handy Watch where you sit… Always be sure to have permission to collect Given that collecting opportunities in the Niobrara Chalk of Kansas are very limited, be very attentive to the slightest possible hunting spot (road cut, small outcrop…) Natural dangers (sinkholes, rattlers, you name it) Articulated vertebrae are potentially a good sign Reduce as much as possible the mass of a block of chalk (i.e. for transportation back home) Sometimes material can be found just laying, and only requires picking up Somewhat good chance that I might find some fairly extensive (i.e. a big fish) articulated vertebrate material Rent a vehicle with high clearance as access to certain fossil sites might sometimes be a tad difficult Spend quite a bit of time on google maps to find best sites and access points and whatnot If finding 'float' that looks freshly broken (and not eroded...), look up - might lead to finding more of the fossil Is there anything else I should add to my list? Thanks in advance! -Christian
  3. Fossils from Møns Klint

    A few days ago, I started in another thread a gallery of fossils from Møns Klint held at the "on-site museum" GeoCenter MK. I thought that it would be more appropriate to continue this gallery in the "A Trip to the Museum" forum. This post will deal with a multitude of fossils that are more common than the exceptional Danekrae fossils (but you'll see that some of them are rather rare). All the fossils pictured here are exhibited at "The Fossil Room". Hope you like them! 2 partial stems of the crinoid Isselicrinus sp. preserved in a single piece of chalk - uncommon 2 nodules of flint that preserve associated and articulated ossicles of the goniasterid asteroid (starfish) Recurvaster sp. - relatively rare Partial mandibular rami from a thoracosaurine crocodylian - unique; no other crocodylian remains have been found at MK (temporarily removed from display to facilitate my research of the specimen in summer) Calyces from 3 Bourgueticrinus constrictus crinoids - relatively common 2 teeth from a Cretalamna appendiculata shark - rare Complete tooth from a Hexanchus microdon shark - rare Articulated and associated ossicles from the goniasterid asteroid Metopaster poulseni (includes at least one arm) - rare Temnocidaris pistillum (cidarid echinoid) spines - relatively common Phymosoma granulosum (phymosomatid echinoid) spines - relatively common Complete Phymosoma granulosum test (echinoid "shell" composed of numerous ossicles) - relatively rare Partial Baculites vertebralis (baculitid heteromorph ammonite) shell - rare Sphenodiscus sp.; almost complete ammonite shell - rare Rather long stem of the crinoid Isselicrinus buchii - relatively rare Well, that was the MK fossil gallery! Tell me what you think about it Best, Christian
  4. Chalk fossil preparation

    Hi everyone, It'sThe Amateur Paleontologist here. I still haven't reglued my chalk fossils from Møns Klint (from MKFE N¤ 1; August 2016). Could you please kindly give me some advice as to the best glue for gluing back together Chalk fossils? Wishing to all of you a happy new year! Christian.
  5. Chalk fossil preparation and reparation

    Hi everyone, I recenty uncovered from the lower Maastrichtian chalk of Moens Klint a partial but articulated Isselicrinus buchii columnal fragment (15 segments), which also preserves one complete cirrus (one of the many side arms of a crinoid - rare at M. K.). Today, 2 out of 5 of the plates of the cirrus dislodged themselves from the matrix and came loose. What type of glue must I use to fix them back (most efficient and cheap possible)? Best, Christian
  6. Chalk fossil preparation

    Hi everyone, I need some advice on preparing fossils that are encased in very, very soft chalk. Thanks for any help, Christian
  7. Engraver Preparation

    I have been doing a fair bit of preparation recently on my chalk fossils, so I have this video to share. I have not got a picture before preparation started, but I will show you the result when it is finished - give me some time for that. I started preparing the fossil before, so the video starts half way through the process. The fossils in my gallery have been prepared the same way. Thank you for looking. [media=]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93M7C5ZjPO4&feature=youtu.be[/media]
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