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  1. Okay, for all my friends who asked how I breakdown the matrix and look at it, this is how I breakdown the Martin Marietta Cretaceous marl type matrix. The Matrix I work, is from Martin Marietta Cement Quarry 5-8 inch thick phosphate pebble layer. 1. It starts with placing about 20 pounds or fill 1/2 of a 5 gallon bucket with the raw matrix. 2. Then I add about 4 bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide, to cover the matrix completely. Let this set for at least 24 hours. Then, it will be broken apart enough to sift. 3. I Sift it 5 different sizes. 1/2", 1/4", 1/8", 1/16", and 1mm. What falls thru the 1mm sifter, I usually use a gold panning technique to remove the remaining dirt, as the phosphate (everything black fossilized) is heavier than the marl type matrix. 4. Once sifted, I allow it to dry in the sun. This seams to setup or harden the fossils somewhat. 5. After a complete drying, I place them in individual ziploc bags and write the location and what it is on the bag. These are stored for rainy days when I can't get to the field to hunt. 6. Now it's just looking thru it under magnification to find the fossils. I use a 2-180X AMScope inspection microscope with wide field of view.. I made my own tweezers to fit my hand.Took a pair of curved tweezers and filed down the tip to allow picking up finer materials, roughed up the grabbing side of the tip with a file, and added a shaped wooden handle to fit my hands. I find about 5 aprox. 1/2" fossils per 20 pounds of matrix. I find several hundred small to micro fossils as well.
  2. Id those please.

    Hi everyone, i have those two from eocene marl layers, can you identify them ?
  3. Can you identify these fossils?

    Hi, i have found these fossils at eocene marl layers, and i cant identify them. First one looks unfamiliar to me, second one could be oyster or some form of coral maybe but im not sure.
  4. Isle of Sheppey finds

    Hi fellow fossil hunters! I'm pretty new at this identifying finds even though I've been collecting since I was learning to walk. My recent trip to Isle of Sheppey produced some great finds but I have no idea what most of them are - help! And added the sponges in for good measure!
  5. Star-shaped microfossil

    Hi, having a bit of trouble identifying this microfossil. It was found in a marl formation of late Bartonian in age in the southern Spanish Pyrenees (the Oliana Anticline). The marl is rich in nummlitoid formainifera, however, this does not appear like the others. It could possibly be the cross section through an echinoderm spine?? Any suggests are much appreciated! (photo taken with x10 magnification)
  6. Cretaceous of France

    And some geochemistry as well.. A reasonably instructive figure 10(carbonate dilution,cyclicity) reboupittetpalcu3de.pdf
  7. Bethel

    Anyone here hear of the Pleistocene formation in Bethel, CT? They are a couple of interestin snail and clam species found there.
  8. Upper Edisto River?

    got a question for South Carolina fossilers but first I wanna show off my newly assembled fossiling claw with some good old South Carolina sharks teeth. the Edisto river tooketh my previous claw, 2 weeks back. will be doing some more fossil diving soon and i just had to have a new "claw" (come to think of it, i hope to find a prehistoric claw) question: i will soon be motoring "up" the Edisto river in search of gravel / fossil beds. AeroMike and I found a great gravel bed last season but it had been already harvested. It was in about 3 feet of water. Long story short - excellent gravel bed. It will re-produce in time, I am sure of this. This season, I will be motoring up the Ediso above Givhans State park. I will be covering about 20 miles of river looking for "gravel beds" that are in about 3 feet of water. The purpose is for snorkeling and fossiling. do any fossilers have any idea what i can expect this season, above Givhans State park, as to water flow, depth, and especially bottom composition. Again, i am searching for shallower areas (3ft), with marl, limestone, or a bottom littered with gravel, fossilized bones, and fossilized materials. I don't want sand or hard pan. Want shallow with gravel. request: show me some South Carolina fossils and a general idea of where you found them. the ones in the photo are Cooper and Edisto river teeth
  9. any help indentifying any of these items would be much appreciated! thank you in advance
  10. hello guys, I found these stones which look to be some sort of indian axe head possibly and some sort of tool that looks to have used for scraping hides possibly. Also i found these shark teeth and what look to be be some sort of tooth from a dolphin, or reptile. I am not sure and new to collecting. I also found this really cool piece of coal 3 feet beneath a sand bed which has a fossil in the lower right hand corner. I would love any help indentifying these items. Thank you