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  1. I'm restoring a titanothere cervical vert and process, and I want to be accurate. Can anyone suggest a research site? The sites I've found have the articulated spinal columns , which don't have the detail I need. I need at least a front and rear view. Thanks! Barb
  2. I finally got around to working on some Oreodont stuff. Last year I stopped by a friends house and bought a bunch of White River material. (my friend is going to stop by this May and bring me a bunch more). I did some work on some Oreodont stuff 20 some years ago and figured it would be fun to work on some more. I will call this skull #1. I realized at once that some of the skull was missing. Not good. I had already opened up this one and took off a bunch of loose rock and then decided to take a photo. You can see the earthquake crack in the rock and this thing was litterally falling apart all over the place. In this picture ive removed all the materail on the right of the crack including upper and lower jaw pieces. I was quite nervous but it was also fun and exciting. At this point ive use up almost an intire 2 oz bottle of super glue to hold the top part of this all together and when I turned it over, very carefully, lots of rock just came off with no prodding or nothing. The good thing was that the upper part held together and you can easily see the lower part of the lower jaws. At this point it was time for a wiskey. Here I glued back on the missing lower teeth. This thing was so fractured and falling apart the nothing really fit like it was supposed to but did the best that i could. Those extra two pieces on the left hand side also need to be glued back together and then both glued back onto the skull. Ok, bottom pieces glued back on and now set aside to cure. Tomorrow is gunna be a fun day. RB
  3. On my wife and my epic fossil trip this fall we spent a day in Nebraska in the White River badlands. Found some of the normal stuff...nothing spectacular but neat for us as we had this as a "bucket list" locality. One of our best finds was an oreodont skull. I found the nose at the bottom of a gully, and worked my way up until I found the outline of the broken bone. I dug out a volleyball-size chunk of rock and brought it home. Just finished prepping it out. It needs some reconstruction of areas around the snout that were weathered away, but all in all I am pleased with how it came out. At camp with a little rough prep to see what we had. Top view while at camp. Packed it away at this point. Underside after reattaching the muzzle.
  4. Hello forum preppers....need some advice. I started what I thought would be a very easy prep on a partial turtle I found in Nebraska this past fall. It was in 2 halves about 5 feet apart on a slope. Clean, glue together. Easy peasy. But....when I started cleaning I found that at least part of Mr. Turtle is still at home in the shell. So....I'm trying to figure the best approach. I'm thinking that I may remove the plastron as it is not all there, put it together and use it as a removable "lid" and then prep out the inside of the shell some. Problem with that is that it would lead to displaying the turtle upside down with the best looking part on the bottom. Also, can anyone ID the species at this point? Ideas appreciated!
  5. White river: How hard?

    Hello all I don't have much prep experience, and since I have very bad eyes I have trouble with microscopes to prepare fossils. I would like to learn how to work with my airscribe tought. So I want to prep fairly large fossils I can do without microscope. I have some stuff from France and Belgium I found myself, but or these don't need prep, or I don't dare to because I don't want to destroy my rare self-found fossils. So I came across the fairly common white river stuff. I found a website where I can buy unprepped oreodont bones and skulls. But what do you to prep these? Are they possible for total newbies when it comes to prepping? Is the matrix fairly loose or is it very stiky? I have an air scribe but don't know how to use glue. I've tried trilobites before but those are too tiny. I'm looking forward to your advise.
  6. Odd Mammal Tooth

    This was the first tooth I found on the day I spent on the white river formation in eastern Wyoming this past summer. I found a number of other small teeth and jaw sections from Leptomeryx, and small oreodonts along with what I believe to be a piece of canid jaw. However the identity of this tooth's owner has eluded me thus far. Any input would be appreciated.
  7. White River Astragalus

    I found this little astragalus with PaleoProspectors in Wyoming in late July of this past summer. It was found during the day spent on a ranch with White River Formation Oligocene exposures. I was wondering what animal it belonged to. Leptomeryx? Poebrotherium? some sort of oreodont?
  8. These toe bones were found in association with a ton of fragments. Quite a puzzle! Any idea from these tiny hooves what I might be working on?
  9. Just got back from our (my youngest son and self) trip yesterday. It was a buying and hunting trip with me doing most of the buying and he doing most of the hunting. Right now Im in a bad way and feel as if I been beaten up! along with all the shocks I have everyday and having a hard time walking, but the thing is,,,, Im all smiles. It was an all day drive to get into South Dakota and our first stop was a guy who sells White River fossils. After loading up some BIG Tortoise's and lots of the oreodont stuff, my son also bought some just for practice, we then went and found a campground. Had some wiskey, good food and good times around the campfire. Very cold that night. Got up early and took off to stop number 2. We arrived at our 2nd stop about noon and made small talk for a short while and then took off to the middle of nowheresville. Very bumpy road for miles. Thats what really beat me up. But then we arrived at our destination. a little small creek but cuts right through some Fox Hills formation. I did make it down to some rocks and I did find a few small ammos and then had to sit and rest but the son took off and headed for a big cut bank and Tom was over a ridge at another site. Once we realized it was getting late, we went and picked up my son, he had found about 4 big packs worth of ammo material. It was all wrapped up so I could not see any of it. I still have not seen most of what was found. He just kept telling me, " your gunna like this stuff dad". We then went and picked Tom, he also had 2 heavy packs worth of ammo material. Went back to my freinds house, had some wiskey, traded stories and such, had a cheese burger fest and went to bed, (back of my truck). Very cold that night. The next day we went back to that little creek and my son and Tom finished up the last two cut banks and we headed off to one more cut bank. I made it down to this cut bank, found a couple of really nice rocks and then had to rest. It was always cold! and yet, my son was in the middle of the creek pulling out concretions, throwing them onto the bank and whacking them open. Most were junk, but some were SUPER NICE! Made it back to camp, (my freinds house), and was invited for dinner. A beautiful roast, mashed tatos and gravy, home made rolls, peas, corn and green beans and polished off with some homemade chocolate cake! Wow!!! I slept good that night, but again, it was very cold. once we loaded up all the rock into my little trailer, I then realized just how my material we had. I had no get up and go left in my truck! but i was all smiles on the trip home. Most of the ammo material we brought home i have not seen so its really gunna feel like christmas once I get started on this stuff. Oh, but I do have one rock for sure that I found that I think is going to be worthy of 'Fossil of The Month'. Woooooooop!!! Wooooooooop!!! RB
  10. My wife and I found these small jaw fragments in W. Nebraska earlier this month. Not sure of the ID's. Each is about 3 cm long. Help is appreciated! Jaw 1 Jaw 2 Jaw 3 Jaw 4 Jaw 5
  11. 2 ID posts in 1 day?

    1. Partial mammal tooth? (Peace River FL, Mio, Plio or Pleisto). Maybe a piece of horse. 2. Another partial mammal tooth (potentially odontocete? also Peace River FL). 3. Yet another piece of Mammal tooth (Peace River).
  12. Tortoise Display Stand

    After prepping the big Stylemys that I recovered in Nebraska this summer, it seemed a shame to have spent all that time on the plastron only to have it sitting on a shelf out of view. So today I welded together a stand for it. I wanted the part upon which the tortoise rests to have as small a footprint as possible, because my idea was to use a mirror or mirrors to make the plastron visible to observers. Of course the angle of the mirror will depend on the height of the shelf where the tortoise is displayed. At just below eye level, this set up works reasonably well. If positioned below eye-level, this set-up works well (showing even more of the plastron).
  13. White River Mammal skull

    Hi Everyone, I wondered if you could help me confirm the species of the following skull I’ve just prepped. It’s a skull and forelimb found near Lusk, Wyoming in the White River Formation. I think this is a nice example of a Mesohippus but wanted confirmation if possible. Thanks in advance.
  14. Nice little Stylemys

    Finally getting to work on some of the fossils we got on our last trip to Wyoming! After some pretty simple wash jobs we decided to start on a little Stylemys we found the first night. We think we got most of him, some of the shell was washing out but we caught it pretty early and picked up most all the frags we could see. There's a pretty stark shift in color between the exposed shell (white) and the dark purple of the shell we uncovered. Pretty quick job of getting it out, but apparently I packed it up before the consolidant had really set
  15. White River Colodon?

    Hey all! Getting to work cataloging our finds from a very productive trip to Wyoming. Me and our friends can't quite figure this one out, our closest guess is Colodon. We aren't entirely sure though, and there's not too much reference material for Colodon. Collected on a ranch north of Lance Creek Wyoming in the White River formation.
  16. OK...the wife and I are starting to plan an epic fossil hunting trip for next year (our 30th anniversary). We've wanted to hunt the White River near Chadron, Nebraska forever. Now's the time. I have no connections to property, so I'm looking to the collective knowledge of the Forum. I know property is pretty sealed up vs. how it was in the 90's. We're willing to pay (within reason) for access. Anyone have suggestions?
  17. South Dakota Map

    (Posted in SD forum as well, feel free to move) I thought this would be an appropriate addition- my hope is that this map will allow forum users to plan trips to SD! Threw this thing together for you guys in some spare time at work. The map shows the extent of common fossil bearing strata in the state of South Dakota, as well as some "no-go" areas- reservations and the like. If you guys want a certain area zoomed in on let me know! FossilsSD.pdf
  18. Fossil Bearing units map

    Threw this thing together for you guys in some spare time at work. The map shows the extent of common fossil bearing strata in the state of South Dakota, as well as some "no-go" areas- reservations and the like. If you guys want a certain area zoomed in on let me know! FossilsSD.pdf
  19. Hi there. More fossils from the estate sale, this time a vertebra. I don't know an exact location, but the rest of the lot contains many examples from the Oligocene era, and some have been found to be from the White River formation in the Badlands. I don't have much information other than that. I've done an image search on Google, but there are so many that I am having trouble spotting one that looks similar. Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  20. Subhyracodon Dentary

    Given to me by a friend in Iowa and prepped further by myself
  21. White river bone plate prep

    I'm currently working on a very bulky bone plate, and cleaning up a camel ankle I repaired. Thought you guys might like seeing some of the work. The long bone (I believe it's the 3rd metacarpal) is 4 inches long.
  22. Oreodont Skull

    From the album Misc. Self Collected Specimens

    Oreodont (Merycoidodon) Skull Age: Oligocene Frm: White River Location: Sioux Co., Nebraska
  23. A month or so ago a French friend came over for a fossil hunting vacation. With my new wife's blessing (and his wife's as well), we spent 8 nearly solid days of fossiling here in Wyoming before the snow flew.... literally. I spent a good chunk of time since then preparing some of my finds and some time writing up our adventure. It is very photo-heavy, so I had to break it down to three chapters. The first is posted here and I hope the others will be posted in replies. Enjoy. Outing w caterpillar Ch 1.pdf
  24. Mesohippus jaw

    From the album Badlands, Nebraska megafauna.

    My finished prep of this Mesohippus (three toed horse) jaw. This is from the White River Formation in Nebraska. 31-35Ma.
  25. I just thought I would share the Journey of my two most recent Saber Toothed Pseudo-Cats (Nimravidae). The first is Hoplophoneus. I got this cat and most people would not even recognize it, but I knew it had potential. Here are the origional pics I took before undergoing the restoration process.