Jump to content

Recommended Posts

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?

Thanks

Link to post
Share on other sites

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.

  • I found this Informative 1
  • I Agree 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

 

 

  • I found this Informative 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
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.

  • I Agree 1
Link to post
Share on other sites
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

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

Are there size limits for photo upload? I'm not sure of the size, because different apps are reporting differently, but my Oneplus has a 64 MB camera... I'm going to make a test with the latest find from the back yard! No kidding.

2022-08-01_08-46-10.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

I honestly don’t see any further prep needed here and any damage that may have occurred isn’t readily apparent. 

  • I Agree 1
Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, this is a new specimen I just found, not related to the ones I started the discussion about.

I have located some photos of some of the original group, which I will post when I get to better signal. Unfortunately, some $(#+#& family member have done something with the box I put them in. They claim it's around here somewhere... I would like to retake them with this camera.

Thank you for the quick response, since it's taken me quite some time to get back to this thread!

Link to post
Share on other sites

I agree that the specimen of which you have posted a photo needs no prep other than maybe a quick rinse. If the others are similar and include mud I would be comfortable with running lukewarm tapwater and a toothbrush. A quick scrub and rinse should do the job.

Link to post
Share on other sites

OK then, I am going to make an attempt at loading some photos of the items in question.

Several looked much alike, so the photos are labeled with a letter & then number for multiple photos. so A-###, A-###, then B-### is new item

A-001.JPG

A-003.JPG

Link to post
Share on other sites

next one. someone please let me know if these don't display at HD resolutions... I think that MS Edge or Win10 may be resizing them to facilitate posting....  I am pretty sure that unless the .jpg specs have changed that a photo from a 64MP camera should not be only 2-4 MB!  :zzzzscratchchin:

G-002.JPG

G-003.JPG

G-004.JPG

G-005.JPG

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...