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Max-fossils

Hi all,

 

I think that this is my first time in this thread of the forum, after being active for about a year and a half... Shame on me!

 

Well, just for your info I know absolutely NOTHING about microfossils. So please bear with me :headscratch:

 

So I have a question for you guys: B2F98263-72C3-4C19-AD21-2DBDC27027AE.thumb.jpeg.98463b07e8d0c20229ad6f1e63915513.jpeg

So I bought this microfossil slide recently for just 3,25€ (not sure if it’s a good deal or not, but seemed okay to me), thinking it would be useful to store my very small fossils. 

 

Well, when I got it, I had two surprises:

1) it’s a lot smaller than I thought it would be! Fossils can get REALLY small I guess!

2) there aren’t any walls or so separating each number square. 

 

I thought that this would be simply another one of these sorting boxes with different “sub boxes”, which are always useful for storing fossils appropriately; but then a mini version for microfossils. Seems like I was very wrong! 

 

So so my main question is: how do I use this? 

 

Also, if you have any tips on how to go around with microfossils appropriately o would be glad to hear them. 

 

Again, all this stuff is very new to me. Microfossils are definitely not my strong point. 

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Max

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Kane

Hm. I think this would be used for microscopes and photography rather than storage or display. The numbered boxes make it easier, when taking a photograph, to create a legend associated with the image to identify each of the specimens to which the number corresponds.

 

That's my guess, anyway! :D 

 

EDIT: I forgot your other question. I've seen others use bead containers to store their fossils, with some similar containers or even cubes with a magnifying lens for a lid.

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Just now, Kane said:

Hm. I think this would be used for microscopes and photography rather than storage or display. The numbered boxes make it easier, when taking a photograph, to create a legend associated with the image to identify each of the specimens to which the number corresponds.

 

That's my guess, anyway! :D 

Ah okay. That already makes more sense. Thanks! 

 

Oh, and I should have read the first topic in the thread first... Will read that tomorrow. 

 

Btw, Kane, as you are a Moderator, could you please fix a small issue for me? I seem to have posted the same thread three times :wacko: Sorry for that, and thanks already.

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Kane
1 minute ago, Max-fossils said:

 

 

Btw, Kane, as you are a Moderator, could you please fix a small issue for me? I seem to have posted the same thread three times :wacko: Sorry for that, and thanks already.

No problem - done! :) 

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Max-fossils
Just now, Kane said:

No problem - done! :) 

Thanks ^_^

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ynot

I have heard that a thin glue is applied to the slide and the fossils are set on it.

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Al Dente

Here’s a nice example of a Plummer cell with foraminifera. Typically all the fossils in a slide come from a single sample. The fossil are sorted and glued into individual cells, preferably with a water soluble glue that can easily be removed.

http://www.foraminifera.eu/greenland.php

 

i use Plummer slides frequently but don’t glue the fossils down. They are good for storing fossils that are smaller than 1 millimeter.

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Max-fossils

@ynot @Mediospirifer @Al Dente thanks all a lot for the help! I'll give it a try and see how it goes. 

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Acryzona

Hi Max,  That type of slide can be used for both searching for micro fossils and for long-term storage.  Putting a small amount of sample on the slide you can efficiently search it square by square for fossils.   It can also be labeled and used to catalog different micro fossils.

There are other microfossil slides that have a single or double well with no grid on them that can be also be used for storage.  If I remember correctly TFF user Herb had a post on making your own microfossil slides.  If I find his post I’ll put a link on this thread.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions. It’s an addictive hobby!

 

Herb’s post

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Found the link

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Max-fossils
On 6-1-2018 at 4:38 AM, Acryzona said:

Hi Max,  That type of slide can be used for both searching for micro fossils and for long-term storage.  Putting a small amount of sample on the slide you can efficiently search it square by square for fossils.   It can also be labeled and used to catalog different micro fossils.

There are other microfossil slides that have a single or double well with no grid on them that can be also be used for storage.  If I remember correctly TFF user Herb had a post on making your own microfossil slides.  If I find his post I’ll put a link on this thread.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions. It’s an addictive hobby!

 

Herb’s post

Sorry for the slightly late reply... Well thanks for the help! And I already saw that post, as Mediospirifer already posted the link (link 1) ;)

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Herb

if you look at my 2 part post "how to collect microfossils without breaking the bank" you might get some ideas

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Max-fossils
On 1/24/2018 at 3:59 AM, Herb said:

if you look at my 2 part post "how to collect microfossils without breaking the bank" you might get some ideas

Sorry that I only reply now... But yes I did take a look at these links, as Mediospirifer recommended them. :)

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