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  1. Hi Members, I'll start off by saying that I'm a complete newbie in the fossil/dinosaur world, so please forgive me for using incorrect terminology. I have just come to acquire a complete Psittacosaurus mounted skeleton (see photos), that is mostly intact on the mount. The previous owner had a box of manus parts (phalanges, etc.). She also had an old tube of adhesive in that box (B-7000 in the "parts" photo). I would like to "restore" the structure via glueing the loose parts back onto the skeletal structure. I am looking for advice on which adhesive to use, e.g. should I use the B-7000 that the previous owner had? Through my web search, I have found references to Paleobond and Starbond as possible adhesives to use (with varieties different mostly by viscosity). Are these the best brands and types of adhesives for such work? Other than the adhesive itself, should other substances be used for preparation, hardening acceleration and preservation purposes? Any advice for this aspiring "paleontologist" would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance, Biju
  2. Restoring teeth

    Hey! does anyone have any advice for a beginner on how to get decent serrations while restoring megs?
  3. I'm thinking of buying these Spinosaurid teeth. I can't quite tell if there's restorations on the teeth. Can someone here advise me whether they may have been restored or not? They have been glued im quite certain,
  4. Ungluing help

    Hey, I was wondering if there was something I could use to unglue a tooth I’ve got. It broke during shipping and I glued it, but there’s a piece that I have that doesn’t fit where it should go. I don’t want to use acetone cause I know that can be harmful to fossils sometimes, and paleo debonder didn’t work great previous times I’ve tried using it. TIA
  5. Hello Fossil Forum, what do you think about this Keichousaurus? Seller says it's all original, no restoration. While it looks not quite as stunning as the critter in the thread below it's still much nicer than usual IMO and I like the dark/bright contrast of the slab. Any issues or red flags? Thanks! Vertebrate
  6. Fossil Tooth Tip Restoration?

    Hello, I have a large canine tooth (~14 cm with the root, ~6.5 cm with just the tooth) from the White River Formation that I collected this summer on privately held land in northeastern Colorado, and though the fossil in its natural state is fantastic as-is I’m thinking about doing a little bit of restoration on the fossil and am looking for some insights. The tooth itself is from either an entelodont or the rhino Metamynodon, with the shape of the tooth and root strongly suggesting the latter to me (feel free to speak out if you have an opinion one way or the other, though I’m not specifically asking for an ID in this thread). I found the tooth in several pieces and glued everything that I could find back together. I have most of the tooth, but only a small piece of the tip remains. Also, I have not glued the tooth back to its root, and instead simply display them together as if they were connected. I am thinking about restoring the rest of the tip by sculpting it in using paleosculp from Paleobond, using what piece of the tip there is as a guide. I am looking for any information anyone can give me on paleosculp and the process of restoring a fossil using this material. Would this be the correct product for the job? Is there anything I should know when working with the material? Is restoring the tip of this tooth even a good idea at all, or in the name of science should I leave it as I found it? I intend to leave the paleosculp unpainted for the purposes of not risking damage to the fossil and also making it obvious which pieces of the fossil are original (most of it) and which pieces are restoration (just a little section of the tip). I understand that dinosaur teeth are frequently restored in this way, but I want to make sure that I’m not committing blasphemy by doing such a restoration. Also, paleosculp is advertised as being sand-able and drill-able after it dries, and so I figure if the restoration ever needs to be removed for whatever reason it could be sanded away in a labor-intensive process, but do let me know if this is not the case. I also intend to clean the fossil up a bit more (ie get rid of some of the residual dirt still on it) and potentially glue the tooth onto the root. Thank you for any insights and information you may have! Picture of the fossil and of the tooth tip provided for context.
  7. Hi im and amateur collector and I'm not sure if the was the right section to post this under. I purchased this tusk a couple years ago. The seller said he's had it since the 1970s. Because of the large crack from top to bottom and the inside is quite powdery. Is there and thing I can do to preserve it? Its about 6.5 feet along the curve and 120lb so I get worried when I move it. Also I see that great patina on some tusks is that something that is added 5o make it shine or does it comes out of the ground like that? Any help would be appreciated!
  8. I have spent many hours this week scouring all the great meg photos and data on the site, however I have a very large plaster cast of a meg tooth that the Dean wants prepped, restored and made ready for a board meeting in two weeks. Good news is I can make that happen. this is a poor detail cast and has had sloppy grinder work done it in addition to at least three layers of badly applied spray enamel. Good news is I have it in a xylene/toluene/dichloromethane bath to strip the paint and preserve the plaster. bad news is I’m having trouble properly scaling the serrations on my practice runs with monster clay. I’m trying to perfect the technique before I start the apoxy work on Sunday . wondering if anyone could provide some serration macros with a millimeter scale from a meg tooth in the 5-8 inch range, I’d be forever grateful. I’ll post a step by step in the proper part of the forum when I start the actual project.
  9. SO....many decades ago, the university i work for had a geology and earth science program. Sadly it is long extinct. The good news is we are busy resurrecting it. Long story short, we have CRATES full of geo and paleo specimens....and it is my job to sort and prepare them. Most were donated/acquired in the late 1980's. Many many more were procured from the science departments of various schools and colleges as they closed down. Better than 90% of the items are not labeled, identified, or inventoried, so guess what I get to do... I'm fairly skilled in the arts and fossil prep, but this morning I found one that I think is in need of restoration and I have no idea how to begin. This specimen is labeled as : which I believe translates to "yucca root calcium silicate nodule/ rhizolith Ogallala Formation Lake McConaughy Spillway Kieth County Nebraska" and looks like this currently: it is well over a meter long! and from the other end: I'm thinking I may need to do a bit of drilling and pegging in addition to some serious adhesives AND/OR build a nice display armature for it. There are some missing bits, and a baggie of smaller fragments that have broken off. I actually remember the old Physics professor using part of this as a door stop back when I was an undergrad! Our botany professor wants it ready for display by march of 21 so it can be used in his courses and in our spring ecology courses. He has also suggested I create a "fake plant" to top it off so that the display shows what it looked like when live. Before I start, I figured I would get input/advice/suggestions from you all, as this one is quite different from anything I have prepared/restored before. Good news is the budget will cover any supplies, so I'm willing to spend for the archive grade stuff. I just don't know what to buy. Any ideas greatly appreciated!
  10. Edit: Wrong use of photos. Will update shortly! Hello! I've been eyeing this tooth for some time now - but before buying I could need a bit of help! The price is very reasonable for a tooth at 11,3 cm and overall the condition is good - which makes me a bit suspicious The market for fossils in the country I live in is very niche, which might explain the price, but I would like to hear the opinion from folks that have more knowledge than I do. Cheers! Anne
  11. Restoration

    I don't know if I am the only one that i hate restoration on the fossils. I love natural and original specimens. I prefer a tooth 80-90% complete from a tooth with restoration. Also, i prefer a B grade tooth with no repair, from a A grade repaired tooth. You?
  12. Fossil restoration

    Hey, I’ve been trying to restore some teeth of mine(and have done two) I was wondering 1. What would be best for reconstruction and 2. What paint you guys would recommend? This is one I’ve done so far, I’m proud of it but I want to learn how to do it better. TIA
  13. Big Ammonite Repair Adhesive

    Hello everyone! I managed to bring home this crazy guy, the problem is that it was so big it broke in pieces when extracting it. I've been using "Loctite Super Glue 3" (ethyl cyanoacrylate) for repairing my fossils until now and it worked pretty well. However, this one might be too heavy I'm afraid it wont be enough to keep the pieces together and it can be dangerous (since the whole fossil probably weights over 70 lbs). There are also some cracks I would like to fill, I heard a technique where you ground some matrix rock to dust and then use that powder to make a glue that has the exact same colour of the fossil, anyone knows about it?. To summarise: what is the best adhesive for heavy rocks? and, is there a way to fill the cracks so it won't look like it's broken? Thank you very much for your help. Here goes the picture of the fossil: Best regards,
  14. Great White Tooth Restoration

    I had a banged up Great White tooth; the root was almost completely missing, and the top of the crown was, too. I decided to restore it, mostly for fun. A bit of epoxy putty and paint later, the root is completely reconstructed and I reckon it looks pretty decent.
  15. Large piece of Triceratops frill that I restored. Came out of the field in 65 pieces. Glued, pinned, puttied and color matched. But I have a question for the forum. In one of the photos, near the top edge, there is a round hole that I have no idea what caused it, infection maybe? Let me know what your thoughts are about the hole and the restoration. The hole does not go all the way through by the way. as you can see in the photos the pieces where coated with a thin layer of crust and had to be scraped and brushed. There were some missing pieces when all was glued and some very large gaps. The large gapped areas where pinned using a drill and pins, then paleo putty was used to fill in and match the contours. I experimented with coloring the putty so color matching with paint would be easier.
  16. Hello, Firstly, I would like to thank everyone for their continued support in answering questions for someone who has now ventured into fossil hunting and procurement. I purchased the attached ammonite pair some time ago and I would like to get advice on quality and possible additional restoration I can do on my own. I’m not sure if I can get the dull face better polished. I’m also not sure what to do with the external sides. Is this also a very good quality specimen and therefore, I should put further interest in getting the pair in better Condition? That may be a loaded question as it may be simply a matter of opinion but I’m just interested in professionals’ advice.
  17. Hi, I am looking for a megalodon expert to help me see restorations on a tooth. I was told the tooth had minor restorations on the root and rear of the tooth. Can you tell be these pictures if that is correct and if there are other restorations done? Thank you for your time
  18. Hi there I recently purchased a Albertasaurus tooth. A portion is in a matrix and there are some broken off pieces. This would be my first attempt a putting a fossil back together. If you could provide any input on 1. if it would devalue it by doing it, 2. how I should do it, 3. and what tools or glue or putty I should use. If you could dumb down the language for me that would be appreciated, like I said this is my first time!
  19. This Cambropallas trilobite looks pretty good to me, but curious if anyone sees any restoration I may be missing. Is this all natural? Thanks!
  20. Hi there I recently purchased a cave bear paw and arm. It unfortunately cracked almost clean thru along a pin at the end of the humerus and a few piece broke off the head of the humerus. The seller said to use super glue for the repair. I am a total amateur. Is this the best thing to use? Any recommendations on how repair or what to use. If you recommend something other that super glue please let me know if it's something I can buy online Thanks!
  21. Which of these two would you pick? Both say some repair and restoration and I can see the repaired cracks and assuming the darker areas are the restored areas. I have no idea and the dark brown is on both unless it’s part of the glue and wondered if it would come off.
  22. Hi, amateur here! Many years back I purchased a Megalodon tooth on online. What I'm wondering is if this tooth has been altered in any way. There is a part of the root that is quite dark, which concerns me as I've heard this can be a sign of restoration. Also since I can't remember exactly what I purchased this for, what would be a good approximate price nowadays? Note: The tooth is roughly 4,5 inches. (Not easy to see here, but the middle part of the root is slightly darker than the rest of the root) Thanks in advance!
  23. Tooth Restoration

    I apologize ahead of time if this is not the correct spot for this question. Does anyone know someone who can do restorations on teeth? And preferably quality restoration, not hacked together garbage. I don’t think we can publicly put names on here. So please feel free to message me. Thank you everyone ahead of time! Sincerely, J
  24. @caldigger post on finding two pieces of the same tooth reminded me of the tooth I found in New Zealand many years ago. The site is closed now, so I don’t think there is a chance of finding the root. But is there anyone on here that could accept this challenge? I’ll pay of course! Tooth overlying picture of complete tooth of same size and position showing the missing root. The slightly trickier bit is on the back where the root/enamel transition is partially missing. Scale bar = 2 inches total. A few more images of the tooth;
  25. @caldigger post on finding two pieces of the same tooth reminded me of the tooth I found in New Zealand many years ago. The site is closed now, so I don’t think there is a chance of finding the root. But is there anyone on here that could accept this challenge? I’ll pay of course! Tooth overlying picture of complete tooth of same size and position showing the missing root. The slightly trickier bit is on the back where the root/enamel transition is partially missing. Scale bar = 2 inches total.
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