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Site Documentation; What And How

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Auspex

The scientific value of a fossil is dependent on context; its orientation and associations, the site's geology and taphonomy, and location, location, location. Future researchers may need to visit the exact site of the find, and a collector with this in mind will strive to record the information that will make this possible.

The first several posts in this thread originated in another topic, and have been moved here as 'seed stock' for what is hoped will be a growing reference for the field collector wishing to preserve the full scientific value of their specimens.

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Opisthotriton

Saving a small piece of rock/sediment found with the fossil can also be very helpful in the future. The sediment type, grain size, and mineralogical composition can be useful for determining the depositional environment, and can sometimes help narrow down the original site location, if all other locality data gets lost. The sediment might contain pollen or ostracods for dating and environmental analysis, and certain types of sediment might even be useful for radiometric dating.

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Wrangellian

That's a good idea. Most of my finds come on matrix anyway but I can see this being useful for those sites where everything is isolated.

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Auspex

Here is a <LINK> to a wonderful topic by digit about his experience at the Thomas Farm Site volunteer dig; real hands-on stuff.

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