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T. nepaeolicus

Ok, where do I start on removing this fossil? I am a beginner so where do I start? What should I remove first? Should I even bother?image.thumb.jpg.87271e646b694143f709bc8c24aa6f34.jpg

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daves64

Which fossil are you referring to? I see what appears to be a hash plate with several showing.

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Ptychodus04

I would start by not trying to remove any of the fossils. These types of plates don’t yield viable specimens when removal is attempted.

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FossilDAWG

I agree with not trying to remove anything.  You can perhaps remove some matrix to expose things more clearly, but even that should be done with a light touch.  Your time would be better spent trying to find better individual specimens that can clean up well.

 

Don

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FossilNerd
43 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

Hash plates are really beautiful in their own way. Enjoy the snippet of past life it represents. Trying to enhance it beyond just cleaning it will likely not improve it's appearance. My past attempts at prepping hash plates leads me to this suggestion.

 

 Mike 

I agree with Mike. I haven’t done much prep work compared to some of our members here. Mainly cleaning and light matrix removal. However, I did attempt heavily prepping a hash plate once. Once is all it took to realize that all my effort wasn’t really worth it. It was a lot of work for little gain in appearance. I wish I had focused on a few smaller specimens that I have. 

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RJB

Yep

 

RB

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T. nepaeolicus

I am total novice, so what the heck is a hash plate?

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T. nepaeolicus

Forgot to mention locale it’s Lake Texoma, located near the Texas/Oklahoma border.

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Tidgy's Dad

A hash plate contains lots of fossils of dead creatures that fell to the sea floor and/ or the fossilzed sea floor inhabitants' hard parts themselves.

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