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JohnJ

Topic pinned. Thanks, Bobby.

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Sharkbyte

No problem. I hope people find it useful.

Bobby

Topic pinned. Thanks, Bobby.

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Fossildude19

Nice job, Bobby! :)

Very helpful, I'm sure.

Regards,

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Frank Menser

This makes me feel better when I see coins from other countries used for the same purpose... :D

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Coco

Some of you can think that we could make the same thing with the coins of our countries (the Euro covers a big part of Europe). But imagine that to read all the novelties on the forum, in English, I spend more than two hours a day. When I answer or when I help in the identification, it is that I have some time. Then imagine if we have to look for this comment every time we see a photo with a coin !

You can make photos with your coins, that gives a general idea, but nothing prevents you from putting the sizes in your text. For my part, I already make the effort to translate in my head inches into centimeters. And I never put other thing than sizes on my pics. And sometimes, I put them in centimeters AND in inches !

Sharkbyte, I repeat that your work is interesting and I am sure that it will help many foreigners to understand the size of the American fossils, but I have enough time to look for this comment in the forum.

My intervention has for only purpose to incite you to indicate the sizes in your text, besides your coins on your photos. Thanks.

Coco

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tracer

i have been busy on solving this issue since the topic began, and i'm pleased to announce that i had a "eureka" moment, fueled by hand-made, rolled-up flour tortillas.

everyone drop what you're doing and head to your nearest tattoo parlor and get an inch and metric scale tattooed on your left index finger (if you're right-handed). then when you take a picture, just hold your finger beside the fossil.

all you kid forum readers are exempt from this, because ya'll are still growing, and we don't want you cheating yourselves on the size reference by stretching the rulers. specially if you're a shark-tooth lover.

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Auspex

Something familiar for quick visual reference is very useful, but simply stating the measurements in the text should be done. It's not hard, not time consuming, and will help viewers to understand and respond.

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tracer

p.s. - ya'll are hereby on notice that 3 of ya'll's inches are 2.5 tracer inches, subject to fluctuation with the euro.

(and "fluctuation" is 1.125 inches long at 1024x768 screen resolution)

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grampa dino

And here is me think the coin was found next to the fossil

coins are ok if that is all you've got, but why not use your camera lens cover or a card

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Coco

Hi,

And here is me think the coin was found next to the fossil

coins are ok if that is all you've got, but why not use your camera lens cover or a card

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I have several camera lens cover, and none of them has the same size ! It depends on objectives. Really, it is not complicated to write the size in the text!

We are on an international forum, and it is very important that everybody can understand to help in the identifications, all the information are necessary to facilitate the work.

I imagine that, as I, if you make a photo in situ, when you will have returned at home, you go to clean your fossil. And there, you can measure it at the same time as you write your text or your ID. Most hard work was made before ! Thanks !

Coco

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piranha

A printable scale with centimeters and inches should also be pinned in this thread. Everyone of course has their own personal preference as evidenced by the wide variety of objects from currency to ballpoint pens and butane lighters. It might make more sense to encourage the proper and expected methodology for scientific publishing or do we have to include a section for various global currencies to keep a level playing field? This topic certainly induces a bit of hand-wringing but the practice a object held in "hand" for scale probably needs to be addressed as well.

Hand sizes are not going to be easy... :o:unsure::wacko:

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JohnJ

A printable scale with centimeters and inches should also be pinned in this thread. Everyone of course has their own personal preference as evidenced by the wide variety of objects from currency to ballpoint pens and butane lighters. It might make more sense to encourage the proper and expected methodology for scientific publishing or do we have to include a section for various global currencies to keep a level playing field? This topic certainly induces a bit of hand-wringing but the practice a object held in "hand" for scale probably needs to be addressed as well.

Hand sizes are not going to be easy... :o:unsure::wacko:

I'll bet you are looking for one to link to this thread, right now. :D;)

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grampa dino

Hi,

I have several camera lens cover, and none of them has the same size ! It depends on objectives. Really, it is not complicated to write the size in the text!

We are on an international forum, and it is very important that everybody can understand to help in the identifications, all the information are necessary to facilitate the work.

I imagine that, as I, if you make a photo in situ, when you will have returned at home, you go to clean your fossil. And there, you can measure it at the same time as you write your text or your ID. Most hard work was made before ! Thanks !

Coco

As I have done with my lens covers apply a scale to it and when ever you want a photo you have a scale right there

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JohnJ

As I have done with my lens covers apply a scale to it and when ever you want a photo you have a scale right there

That's an excellent idea that I've never seen before. I used to have a rock hammer that I marked with a rough scale. The concept of attaching a scale to something you already take in the field does make its use more convenient.

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tracer

i would appreciate it if ya'll wouldn't undermine my tattooed finger initiative. if it catches on, it'll be my only claim to fame to this point in my life, and i'd like to have a legacy other than being known for misidentifying fossils as being from bison.

p.s. - is this guy serious? i can never tell if he's being serious.

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Fossildude19

Printable Rulers of many kinds can be found HERE.

Or just take your pick from HERE.

Regards,

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JohnJ

Printable Rulers of many kinds can be found HERE.

Or just take your pick from HERE.

Regards,

Thanks, Tim.

:)

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central texas

I have my car keys marked with their length. 75MM (for the car key) written on the black head with white marker paint. I always have my keys with me, even in my back yard where I'm finding all my fossils now. There is even a keychain LED light on the key chain that is marked at 60mm in length. It's not fancy, in fact it's a bit crude, but I never forget my keys.

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Vordigern

I kind of like Tracers idea, though my wife was not amused ;)

my problem is that I have 5 tape measures, 3 T squares, 1 ruler and a seamstress tape...and 3 KIDS. I dont know what they do with them all but half the time I need something to measure with my kids have borrowed and misplaced them all so Im stuck using the coin for size comparison, the reason I have so many tape measures and T squares is becuase I keep buying new ones to replace the ones the kids have absconded with

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Auspex

...my problem is that I have 5 tape measures, 3 T squares, 1 ruler and a seamstress tape...and 3 KIDS. I dont know what they do with them all but half the time I need something to measure with my kids have borrowed and misplaced them all so Im stuck using the coin for size comparison...

When the kids get a little older, you won't be able to find any coins either...

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Vordigern

When the kids get a little older, you won't be able to find any coins either...

lol, yeah I have a 16 year old so Ive had that problem for a few years now and the 3 year old tries to drop coins down the heating vent, one day Im going to have to tear out the basement ceiling under that vent to get all the coins, toys and dvds he's dropped down into that section of duct work

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TOM BUCKLEY

I posted this about a month ago. Hope it helps.

When photographing a fossil it's always nice to include a ruler for reference. I don't like to use the stainless steel type as they are too shiny. Here's a link to a variety of printable rulers which you can print on to different color card stock. Enjoy.

Tom

http://www.vendian.org/mncharity/dir3/paper_rulers/#shrink

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snikt.biff

It's a brilliant idea to pin this. I have thought about this dilemma before... (*cough* don'tlookatmyavatar *cough*) But this is a brilliant solution. Bravo.

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Sharkbyte

This posting has spurred a lot of interesting ideas from several members. Thank you all.

Bobby

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