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Hello everyone! I am an amateur fossil hunter, I live near Lake Erie and go there several times a week looking for fossils, quartz, anything of interest. A while ago I found a single vertebra right at the shore, and picked it up immediately. Upon closer examination I saw it was fossilized (or at least I think it is! Please correct me if you think otherwise, I'm still learning!) I love having things like this in my collection but I do understand that identifying much of anything from one vertebra would be very difficult, but I figured I would post here anyways just in case. If anyone knows what this could be from or wants more information, please post below.
I am looking to purchase a couple chisels that will work well in the shale typically found in western New York. I have read several threads and have a general idea of the sizes that I’d need, but I wanted to be sure I got the right type of chisels. Should I get cold chisels or masonry/brick chisels? From what I’ve heard elsewhere online, hardware stores usually say that cold chisels are for metal but I’ve seen them recommended for fossils in several threads. Are either options okay to use? I’m mostly asking in terms of safety.
When I pick it up, the concave side, (photo 1) sticks to my fingers. It's been cleaned with a brush and water. There is nothing on it, but it sticks to my skin (when dry.) Also, when I get it wet, it almost immediately sucks up the water and dries out. Grid measurements are cm, it's ~3mm thick. Found it on the surface among a ton of crinoids and corals. It's obviously not Devonian, and probably not even a fossil. Seems to me like skull fragment?