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Found 7 results

  1. Marjum Formation Dig

    Went out on a dig near Utah for Modocia typicalis with Gene Boardman one of the site managers at U-Dig. Gene is a really nice guy. He gifted the first trilobite of the day to me (I asked if he was sure and he said he had a few more). We split a lot of rock. A lot of work for a few beautiful bugs. Each image is captioned. Some are out of order. This is the great Gene Boardman. What I admire the most besides his genuine personality and big grin, is that he's a tenacious fossil digger. He kept reminding me to check every rock and to keep splitting it down as far as it would go. Here he has a thin slab of Marjum shale but he was able to find the first trilobite of the day with this fine split method. Really nice guy. The Marjum was not easy to split. It kept fracturing in multiple spots. The overburden was very brittle so we had to get down into the good, red layers. Here we are letting the rock "sweat" as Gene calls it. That means you set your chisels in the rock and let it naturally split and come back later to open up the bench. Lots of hard work. Gene helps run the U-Dig site and is known around the area for his enthusiasm for hunting trilobites and other fossils. The first Modocia typicalis was recovered 2.5 hrs. into the dig. It's small but complete and has some decent features. This is Gene's finest Modocia typicalus in his shop. He did an excellent preparation job. This big Modocia (over an inch) probably isn't a full specimen but has some great features. This smaller Modocia popped out of the same slab as the larger one. You can see it's impression on the left side. Another of Gene's Modocias. Gene gifted this M. typicalis after our days labors. Boy was I happy!
  2. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  3. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  4. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
  5. Modocia typicalis

    From the album Utah

    Modocia typicalis from the Marjum formation. Gifted from Gene Boardman.
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