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Fossildude19
On 5/15/2018 at 12:04 PM, caterpillar said:

Found few years ago but just finished to prep, after a long, long,.....long prep

@caterpillar

The majority of the prep happened this month, though? 

Date of prep start and finish needed.

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Max-fossils

@caterpillar now that is one way to crush down any competition... It's as if your giant beast brutally stomped on all these other gorgeous shark teeth (and archosaur tooth)!

That's an insanely cool find!!! :envy:

Well done. :dinothumb:

 

 

 

 

(I almost feel bad for the other entries, because they really deserve the win (especially your Noto symphyseal, Mason! It's a beauty) but it's gonna be a little harder for them now :blink:)

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WhodamanHD
1 hour ago, Max-fossils said:

I almost feel bad for the other entries, because they really deserve the win (especially your Noto symphyseal, Mason! It's a beauty) but it's gonna be a little harder for them now :blink:)

That’s fine, I’m not in this to win this. It is a matter of putting my months best foot forward. A win would be nice but it’s not essential. I try to put one in every month. 

@caterpillar that is an amazing skull, and must’ve taken Herculean patience to prep!

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Spinosaurus
1 hour ago, caterpillar said:

And the result

WOW!!!! Just simply beautifull :wub:

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Tidgy's Dad
On 5/15/2018 at 12:09 PM, caterpillar said:

And the result

 

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Magnificent! 

What an incredible skull! :o

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MeargleSchmeargl

Is @caterpillar DQ'd? It looks like he stole the final result out of a museum and entered it! :P :envy:

 

 

 

Well, looks like verts are over before it could even begin! What will the inverts shape up to? :D

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MeargleSchmeargl

Also, @caterpillar can you take more photos from other angles of finished result?

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Bobby Rico
On 5/15/2018 at 12:09 PM, caterpillar said:

And the result

 

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That is breathtaking. Fantastic preparation.

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Xiphactinus

I'll pile on....fantastic skull. Amazing prep.

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Tidgy's Dad
2 hours ago, Kane said:

Found: April 29, 2018

Name: Eldredgeops rana

Age/Formation: Mid Devonian, Moscow Fm

Location: Western NY

 

A common bug, but a decent size for this location (4.6 cm). Preparation performed on May 5 and 6. Was found cleaved in two, secured with glue. Missing a few pleural shell parts from initial fracture.

 

 

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Beautiful! :)

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piranha
On 5/15/2018 at 9:09 AM, caterpillar said:

And the result

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Bobby Rico
18 hours ago, Kane said:

Found: April 29, 2018

Name: Eldredgeops rana

Age/Formation: Mid Devonian, Moscow Fm

Location: Western NY

 

A common bug, but a decent size for this location (4.6 cm). Preparation performed on May 5 and 6. Was found cleaved in two, secured with glue. Missing a few pleural shell parts from initial fracture.

 

Great great find and nice prep:dinothumb:

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caterpillar
14 hours ago, MeargleSchmeargl said:

Also, @caterpillar can you take more photos from other angles of finished result?

 

Sorry for the pics but the skull is not easy to move

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Jeffrey P
On 5/15/2018 at 12:09 PM, caterpillar said:

And the result

 

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OMG. That is completely awesome!!!!!! Congratulations on the wonderful find and magnificent prep. 

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minnbuckeye

Isotelus iowensis

Maquoketa, Ordovician

Fayette Co, Iowa

5/2/18

Finished prep yesterday. 

 

 

 In early May, I ventured to Fayette Co, Ia to find some large Isotelus partials for a member of the forum. I did not have success for him, but I scored nicely. DSC_0300.thumb.JPG.72b1149274d09491c87edaa69259152d.JPGDSC_0299.thumb.JPG.d3e1ed3b23c285d663bc7bde53030f5f.JPG 

@Tidgy's Dad pointed out that this is a one eyed trilobite and it made an impression on me so much that last week, I set out to retrieve the eye! Here its the imprint that I went back and retrieved with the "hole" visible where eye-enucleation surgery occurred. Actually the other eye found a bit of missing surface material too:

 

  

 

 

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minnbuckeye

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 Just before gluing the eye:DSC_0051.thumb.JPG.62dd2ed66059546ab4224963def01e68.JPG 

 

 And the final product:DSC_0056.thumb.JPG.c4190a10a063308708e2c704068562c2.JPG

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Kane
45 minutes ago, minnbuckeye said:

 Just before gluing the eye: 

 

 And the final product:

 

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Nice restoration! :dinothumb::trilo: This was a fantastic find given that partials are far more common. Even crush damage is minimal on this bug. 

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Tidgy's Dad
On 5/17/2018 at 1:46 PM, minnbuckeye said:

DSC_0053.thumb.JPG.1aa3e505af2020c357008517a31cf13a.JPG 

 

 Just before gluing the eye:

 

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 And the final product:

 

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Brilliant! :)

And beautiful! :wub:

I'm so glad he's got his sight restored. :trilowalk:

But I did like the idea of The One-eyed Pirate Trilobite. :D

Good job! 

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minnbuckeye

@Tidgy's Dad, maybe after the competition, I will knock the eye off again and rig up a pirate patch to apply all in your honor!!

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sixgill pete
On 5/15/2018 at 12:09 PM, caterpillar said:

And the result

 

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Wow. amazing. This piece belongs in a museum, not a private collection i my opinion. What an incredible find. 

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digit

That's what this contest is really about--getting to show great finds that you are proud of. There can be only one "winner" in each category each month but all who enter win our admiration for finding special items. I remember finding a bird bone at the Montbrook site last season which was small but rare (for the site). It was not a gomphothere skull but I was rightly proud to have had it turn up in the grid square I was digging.

 

We also need the full details here for your submission. I, for one, am interested in more information about this find.

 

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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KimTexan
On 5/15/2018 at 12:09 PM, caterpillar said:

And the result

 

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Holy cow!

That is one of my favorite and often used expressions. It seems apropos here. Very impressive and cool.

Maybe I missed it, but how big is it? Long, wide, tall?

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