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  1. Ok, when I wake up, drowzy, make some coffee, then into the computer room. This is what I see. Lots more in the display cases behind me with no room left! Then I open the top drawer, more crab fossils, forgot about those. Lots more in the garage! then I realize, there are two more in the glove boxes of my 2 trucks. Now I wonder where else I have more? We all have problems. We all need help. but for me, Im not sure how I can find a cure? But for now, I will just smile and go on. This is a problem I can live with. All I need now is more to prep. Do I have a disease? RB
  2. Odd shaped concretions: crab homes?

    Hello all, My friend gave me some odd shaped concretions, and I was wondering if anyone has experience preping any like these?
  3. I bought two crab concretions from a guy about 3 weeks ago. Not happy with these concs, but if you don't gamble you don't win. In this case, I lost. These will be b-grade crabs. Simply not good enough to make it into my crab collection. In the second picture you can see what I see when I sit back and just look at what ive done. In this case, Im sittin back and lookin at how im doing with the 'rock smoothing'. Lookin purty good for a b-grade piece of cow poop. Im also very spoiled. Belive me, with what I payed for these and the amount of time spent,,,, after I sell these dang things I will hopefully make about $10 an hour!!! Just letting you know that there is no moneys to be made on prepping fossil crabs. Oh, these are Pulalius vulgaris from the Lincoln Creek Formation in Washington and Eocene in age. RB
  4. OK I thought the other two trip posts were getting a bit long. So I am creating separate post for the third trip for the Britton Formation in Collin county, Texas. The other 2 trips are here: I have to write these things in segments. I'm slow at writing sometimes since I write in between chores and such (i.e. other fossil hunting trips). Sunday I had a bit of time to work on writing the rest of the trip report. I was supposed to teach a couple scout badges this weekend outdoors, but wouldn’t you know it, it started raining. I thought I’d go hunting instead because the showers looked isolated, but when I looked at the radar future cast it looks like it will be raining much of the day across the whole area I usually hunt in. So I’ll work on writing the third segment between chores and cleaning fossils. I get so easily distracted. Here it is Tuesday and I'm just getting to post it I made a third trip out to the same spot with the Britton formation in the same week. Joe aka @Fruitbat and I had met at a local Mexican restaurant for dinner on Tuesday, I think it was. We live reasonably close to one another. When I met him for dinner I brought him a couple little slabs and a concretion of carboniferous plant fossils to play with. They were from my trip to Oklahoma at the end of April. During dinner we agreed to go hunting Saturday afternoon, provided I didn't get called in during the night and would be too wiped out to go hunting. I had told Joe I prefer to split the bill and pay for our own meals. He told me that his mother would roll over in her grave if he let me do that. I told him we would talk about that at dinner, trying to hold my ground. We did talk about it, but Joe is stubborn. While I was busy telling a story or talking or something the bill came and he took the bill before I thought to grab it and he paid for both anyway. I think I will either have to be quicker to grab the check or not go to dinner again unless the terms are agreed to up front. Am I being too modern or stubborn? I don't think so, but I am not a guy and I don't get how men think on these matters. I am trying to be practical and fair. I think its a generational gap. Joe is old enough to be. . . , well, lets just say older so as to not give his age away. I go to church on Saturday and the place is only 10-15 minutes away from my church. So the plan was I would go to church and then he would meet me up in a store parking lot near the spot we were going to hunt and we would go hunting from there. I was on call for my work. I have to stay within an hour’s drive of work at all times when I’m on call. I also have to have cell phone service wherever I go so my work can contact me. Believe it or not there are places within an hour of Dallas that I cannot get service at times. So this spot was as good as any I knew of within an hour of my work and I had great cell service there. I met up with Joe and we headed out to a construction dirt pile I wanted to check out first. I had seen it on the way to the spot last time. It was enormous. It was also part of the Eagle Ford group and probably less than 2 miles from the other spot. Sometimes I’ve found great stuff in construction piles. Sometimes they are complete duds. I'd classify this one a dud. This is a picture of the location. It was dirt taken from a new housing development right next to it. The soil was brown and there were a few plates of what appeared to be Kamp Ranch here and there, but the plates were pretty much compressed shell fragments. I'm still learning my formations. Been there, done that before. I knew there were better things waiting a couple of miles away, but I thought I would give the pile the once over anyway, just in case some gem of a fossil showed up. I guess I should have known that brown soil was probably not the best indicator for good fossils within the Eagle Ford. Maybe elsewhere. If anyone knows of brown soil in the Eagle Ford that has good fossils I'd like a little enlightening of what I might expect to find in it should I encounter brown soil in the Eagle Ford again so I don't completely discount and avoid it. I found numerous chunks of calcite and gypsum. There was the very rare very worn oyster and I found a few fragments of septarian nodules with the typical brown and yellow to white aragonite and calcite crystals in them, but these were pretty tumbled and worn down and not freshly broken open. After looking around for maybe 30 minutes we both decided that was enough of that. We headed out to the other location. We parked our vehicles. It was another blazing hot day. I had to convince Joe to bring something to drink. I was ready to put an extra Gatorade into my bag for him if he wasn't going to take one for himself. So he put one in his bag thankfully. It was over 90 degrees F. If you have read my other posts you know the issues with hydration I have had. I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. Plus the creek water out there didn't look quite so drinkable as the NSR water. That was sarcasm. The NSR is not so drinkable at all. I've come across places numerous times where you could tell the wild hogs had relieved themselves in the river by the smell. I still need to get me one of those Lifestraws. I digress. Back to the trip. We started the walk to the spot. This time I brought my rubber creek boots. They are the kind you get from Home Depot that the concrete pourers use when pouring concrete. So they can handle a creek pretty well, but they are a bit hot. We got to the place where the avalanche had happened and Joe wanted to explore the little creek below where the avalanche had happen. The small creek ran along the road. I can't remember if I mentioned that there were a few trees along the creek that had been taken down by beavers. One was one of the largest trees I've ever seen taken down by a beaver. It must have been over 12 inches in diameter. It made me wonder how many beavers died in felling trees. Within the creek there were some areas the water was shallow and the banks were high with lots of exposed rock and soil. I had explored it before. We didn’t really find anything other than the non-Cretaceous oysters. Just as we were about to the other creek where the hunt would begin I got a message from my work giving me a heads up that there was a deceased donor sample coming in for a pediatric, 2 month old heart transplant. I would need to go and work on that when they knew the ETA. I can't remember if I have ever posted my profession. I work in a lab and am a Histoccompatibility and Immunogenetics Specialist. I specialize in tissue typing for organ and bone marrow transplants and also for disease associations with the tissue typing. I have been doing that for 21 years in the same lab. Anyway, my work didn’t have the ETA yet they were just giving me advance notice. It had already been delayed twice. I was pretty hot and so bright I couldn't read my messages on my phone. So I found a shady spot to be able to read my messages. I sat down on the edge of a concrete slab poured to prevent erosion. It was a peaceful little place with the water running over the rocks. A tree was perched on the edge of the bank above me. I snapped this pic of Joe while I was sitting there reading my messages, replying and waiting for the response. We went on hunting while I waited to hear back on the ETA of the heart donor's tissue. Joe was the first to find something. He found a pretty little red ammonite about 1.5 inches across with a bit of matrix still on it. It was probably less than 30 feet from where Joe is in this pic. He offered it to me. I told him no way that it was his little memento of the hunt. If he found nothing else worthy of keeping that little beauty was worthy of keeping. I didn't get a pic of it. Maybe Joe can provide one. We continued with the hunt. I am not fast about covering ground while hunting, but I definitely move faster than Joe. Shortly after we got into the creek and began to hunt I got a call from the on call supervisor at my work telling me that the sample would be there around 6:00. That meant I had maybe 45 minutes left to hunt. We’d only been in the creek maybe 10 minutes max. Since I knew my time hunting would be cut short I was trying to cover more ground. I soon left Joe inspecting an exposure and moved on to another exposure further down the creek. I found a number of ammonite fragments. I found several halves of ammonites. Here are a few of them. The two ammonite halves were within 1 inch of each other along with the baculite fragment. I assume they are both Metoicoceras of some kind. Please chime in if you know what they are. I think this one must be a Placenticeras pseudoplacenta var. occidentale. Please help educate me if I am misidentifying them. I am very new at this. Sometimes I assume a species based on what I know is in the formation if it kind of looks like it. I am doing that with this one. I don't know of another smooth genus in the Britton. I also found a few more interesting bulbous concretion. Almost all of the concretion material are flat little slabs of rock not more than ½ to 1 inch thick, but occasionally you find little odd shaped ones or bumpy ones. I picked some of them up hoping I can figure out how to expose whatever may be inside. I found a few more baculite pieces. I found the longest fragment I had found. I also found a few tiny gastropods. Very cute and tiny. Here are pics of all the baculite fragments found over the 3 days. I am probably not the idea naturalist for combining the fossils from 3 hunts within a week from the same local. The largest fragment I did find when I hunted with Joe. This is one of the fragments. When it is wet it looks like shiny copper. When dry it looks like a metallic rose gold. It is lovely piece. I have a few others that have flecks of it on them. A few have a rainbow kind of hue. OK I am trying to break up my posts for this trip so I can include more pictures. Bare with me. More is coming. Oops left out a pic description. These are a number of the fragments I found that day with the exception of the Placenticeras ones.
  5. Stroke Crabs #2

    Aaaaaaaalrighty then. I havent been out in the prep garage too much, but went out today and picked out 4 "iffy' concretions. One looked better than the rest, so,,, started on that one. This is what happened. Might be a good crab? Oh, this concretion is 2nd from the left. Looks to have a 'rear end', thats always a good thing! Time will tell for the rest of the crab? RB
  6. Stroke Crabs

    Its been a tuff 3 weeks with this dang stroke, but ive been out n the garage twice now and did some prep. Im a bit slower nowadays, but super really nice to get out to the garage, (Prep Lab). Here is 3 concretions. One turned out to be a BFN!! I hate those, but its very common. I hit carapace on the other two. Im gunna need some time to get these finished, but the good thing for me is that Its practice that will get me good enough to finish up that Tumido I was working on before this happened. More pics later as I get out to the garage and do more prep. RB
  7. In the past, for us Easter has been a time of cracking open presents at our local, but we had other plans and headed to a different spot for our holiday (Still did some fossil hunting & found some nice oysters but I never posted as I thought its a bit boring - I dont know if they are that exciting to others..). Anyway, I am a creature of habit and had to have a crack at getting some crabs and although we didnt find anything special as the sand and driftwood had covered everything, we still all came home with some "pocket crabs" and some prep training ones for me. Tinbum bought back some bone and even the girl found herself a couple of nice crab pebbles. Following @Doctor Mud's advice and soaking the tools afterward, I think I'll give em a light oil this time too as I have been mistreating them.
  8. Every year for Easter week, I go to the Atlantic coast near Biarritz. Walking on the beach and looking for fossils is very nice. We can find echinoids (Stegaster, Schyzaster,...), ammonites (Pachydiscus), crabs (Harpactoxanthopsis) and also vertebrate (Ray)
  9. I ran into these the other day while going through a box of my fossil stuff. These are both Orbitoplax weaveri from the state of Oregon but from two different sites. The one on the left is in much softer rock and about 90 miles from the other unprepped one from another site where the same crab is found but in much tuffer rock!!! Just nasty rock and very very hard to prep. I can see now that the good one needs more work. I wasn't very good at prepping in those days. Ive got about 20 more concretions of this crab to prep, but that will take some time. Not that I need any more prep projects!!! And also one of my best ever of this crab. This one used to be my avitar. A really good specimen for this species!!! RB
  10. Longusorbis cuniculosis Crab Preps

    At long last, I got around to prepping these 3 Longusorbis cuniculosis crabs. Fortunately, prep went very fast compared to the Megokkos and Pulalius crabs I found on my Pacific Northwest trip last summer. Let's have a peek at them one by one. No.1:
  11. Crab Concretion sites in the US?

    I think we have all seen the crabby beauties that @RJB and @Doctor Mud have revealed from their Stony Concretion prisons. Now I want to get in on that action, but I don't (currently) have a passport for a trip to NZ. Any sites in the US anyone knows of?
  12. Im starting to run out of room in my crab display case so i put some on my desk. Quite nice for me. I do have two guys who want to buy a Tumido from me, but I have a really hard time letting these go. I seem to fall in love with them while prepping? And its really hard to get a really good Washington crab. I guess the collection will just keep on growing. I dont think i will have a problem with that. Life is good. RB
  13. I have really been itching to go out and get some crab concretions from the Lincoln Creek formation. I am not l looking for any extreme high quality specimens I just want to be able to get my hands on some concretions, so if anyone has locations that put out quantity over quality (preferably public land) please reply below or pm me. Any help is greatly appreciated!
  14. The good Dr is back in NZ and we caught up again. Time to hit the old hunting spot again - and we werent let down! Of course TinBum found the first couple of crabs, but Doctor Mud and I very quickly caught up. In the end, I stopped photographing them all as the battery was going flat... but wow what a blast. Have a look at this vid after browsing the photos....
  15. Ok, today I did a bunch of work on getting some crab concretions ready for prep. Took me most of the day, but got 7 of them glued up and ready for prep once the glues sets up. Im going to do a step by step for only one crab though. Hope it turns out to be a good one? here are some pics of my work today. The first two pics are of the same crab that I will show the prep process of. RB
  16. Today I took a quick ride to the small suburb of Evanston, right out side of Chicago. This is the home of Dave's Down To Earth Rock Shop and Prehistoric Life Museum. If memory serves me correct, Dave's has been in Evanston for the past 40+ years and it is a family owned business. Dave's recently moved to it's new home on Main Street and if you every get a chance to be in the Chicago area, this is a must see- you will definitely not be disappointed. From the outside, you would not believe that this store has a museum that houses such a great variety of fossil life and the most extensive collection / variety of Mazon Creek fauna that I have ever seen, including 3 Holotype Mazon Creek fossils named after Dave and his parents who found them. Here are some overview pictures of the Museum. Here are some overview of the various displays.
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    From the album Fossil Crabs

    An old picture, but a very cool picture. Crab Town!!!
  18. Pulaius vulgaris

    From the album Fossil Crabs

    Both of these are Pulaius vulgaris from the state of Washington, Eocene in age.
  19. Ok, been working on this for quite some time. Trying to find the right size stands for all your fossils can be quite difficult im finding out! So,, I took some pliers and started bending up a snargle smargle storm!!! Now Ive got most of my smaller fossil crabs in stands. Woooooop!!! Woooooop!!! Oh, and a picture of what it looked like without stands too. Top shelf only. RB
  20. My youngest son and I left for a fossil hunting trip this last thursday and hit many a fossil site in South Dakota. Because there will be lots and lots of prep from this trip I have decided to put all this on this one thread. This is gunna take quite awhile!!! We drove the first day 12 and 1/2 hours. Had some serious road buzz. Only way to take care of that is some 'road buzz liquid'. The next morning we met up with my buddy that ive been working on for 18 months. Didnt find a whole lot, but did come away with some crab concretions of the rare Dakota cancer. 3 of these for certain has crabs in them, the rest? What kind of preservation they have? Complete? But whatever happens with these, I most certainly have none so far, so this is quite exciting for me. Ive only ever seen one that was in a concretion and the poor guy absolutely butchard it!!!! Gunna be very interesting to say the least. Our second camp site. The next day was another 5 hour drive to a freind of mine where we went last year and decided to do that again for some more Fox Hills ammonites. We went to a certain river and picked up some rocks that look promising. Then the next day went to a different river and picked up some more rather nice rocks. Very private land, but nice to have a freind with permission. More to come. RB
  21. Its been a long time coming, but my biggest display cabinet is finally coming along. Ive got more crabs and lobsters, but no clue as to where they are at right now. I moved about 11 years ago and boxed everything up. In a box or 3 somewhere? I can also see now that ive got a 'display stand' problem. I need some kind of stands for the bigger crabs to be sitting 3 or 4 inches higher than they sit right now. But still, its lookin purty good. and ive also got quite a bit of room left for more, that's a good thing. RB
  22. A friend of mine and myself took 4 hours to clean up and organize my fossil garage. What a freekin job! But its amazing to me all I forget. I found 2 big milk crates of crab concretions, and lots and lots of unprepped ammonite material and I do mean lots, probably 10 boxesl! Wow!!! Im getting very forgetful nowadays. Ran into about a dozen or so lobsters that still need to be prepped out! Lots of fish slabs! Lots of odds and ends too and some very special things that need to get into my collection display cabinets. I don't really want to push the 'envy' botton, but being in the clean up mode, when he asked me "what about this" I simply would say, "take it" or "its yours". He left for home with lots of fossils to say the least. But what for me that really got my attention was a small box with a lobster conc in it. Its a lobster Ive seen before, but only pieces and this one appears to be somewhat complete even though a bit crushed. Very cool to me being a lobster colletor. Here is a pic of the box. Now ive got tons more prep work to do.
  23. The misses and I went to quartzite for a small vacation and just got back yesterday. We also went last year and had so much fun that we decided to go again. I have friends that have been going there every year for the last 18 years and it was great to meet up again. I use to sell there for about 8 or 9 years but quit once I realized it was turning into a job. I use to do 7 or 8 shows a year and went down to 0 for the last 10 years. I did take some fossils with me. I had a spot about 4 feet wide. Just to keep me a busy, kinda. I did help my buddy do quite a bit of selling, but for me, I was just there to sip wiskey, shoot the poop and have fun. I didn't even have to try and sell the crabs I took with me. Once people pick them up and hold them in their hands and see them close up, they sell themselves! The crabs I sold payed for the trip and the stuff I bought and the next two trips also. Just a neat hobbie. I took 17 prepped out crabs with me and sold 13 of them. Looks like the price for crabs are going to go up next year yet again!!! I really cant believe how much I get for these. But all in all it was a great trip, made lots and lots of moneys and had a super good time with lots of drinks, lots of good food and lots of good times.
  24. Hi all, A paper on a new genus and species from the Eocene Castle Hayne Fm. in North Carolina has been published. The holotype and paratypes were found by the Fossil Forum member Plax, who donated them to the Raleigh Museum. Plax is also coauthor of the article. http://www.ojs-igl.unam.mx/index.php/Paleontologia/index
  25. Did a bunch of snow removal today, then got into the garage and played with some B-Grade fossil crabs. My son came over and I asked him to bring me my last basket of crabs from the other garage. These are the very last pulalius crab concretions I have. I had to cry, blow my nose and wipe the tears from my eyeballs! But these will keep me busy this winter. I do have quite a few Tumido's to prep out and still have about a dozen or so weaveri's from Oregon to do, but holy cow! the crab stocks are getting low!! Yikes!!! Yeah, I know,, poor me. Im just not used to this little of crab stock.
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