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Acb13adm

How easy is it to damage a fossil? I've gathered some interesting possible partial fossils from a couple sites adjacent to a river, so of course there's mud to be removed. I was (I thought) using gentle methods that I don't think would cause damage, but perhaps they're incompletely fossilized (if fossils in the first place)?

I rinsed in the adjacent river 1st, dried with microfiber cloths. Later, noticed some changes in appearance... 

Well, before cataloguing my sins, let's start off with what one should or should not do?

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It very much depends on the fossil. Some are infuriatingly delicate where any jostling will knock off parts. Some fossils are hardy and can survive weathering and being tumbled about. Perhaps show us the fossil in question and tell us about the age and stratigraphy.

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Fossildude19

Need to see pictures of what you are dealing with to give any good advice.

Generally speaking, I'm usually ok with rinsing in a sink or bucket, and using a soft toothbrush to clean fossils off.

 

 

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Ptychodus04

Agree with the above, pictures are needed for any useful advice. There's no worry of judgement here, anyone who has prepped fossils has ruined a few in the past. I know I have.

 

I've worked on fossils so delicate that touching them will cause them to disintegrate all the way to some that are so hardy, you almost can't damage them. It all depends on the fossil and the preservation.

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Acb13adm

That's good to know. I was sure I was doing things carefully!  At any rate, I should have my laptop back from HP by the weekend, so I'll try to post some pics after I do

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