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Tidgy's Dad

Very nice! 

Look forward to seeing more! :)

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The Amateur Paleontologist

@Tidgy's Dad Thanks for the kind words :) You -and everyone else on TFF- are definitely gonna see more fossils this weekend - but be warned.. many of them are still in their as-found & unprepped condition

 

 

For any of those who want to see, I even wrote a short bit of free-verse poetry that sums up the entire field session. hope it's not too bad..

 

White chalk

Grey-ish glint

  -an echinoderm fragment

Scorched by the sun

Bitten by the wind

Fingers numbed by superglue...

Worth it.

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The Amateur Paleontologist

I've unpacked a good part of the fossils from my Møns Klint field trip; and will post pictures of the better specimens tomorrow.

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?Echinodermata indet.

Not sure what this is... first thought it was a crinoid stem, but then I noticed that it was tapering. And it has this little projection at the top... Specimen measures approx. 20-30mm long

So something "echinoderm-like", segmented, tapering, and with a small protuberance.. Any thoughts on what this could be?

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Selection of microfossils from material that has washed out of the chalk cliffs. Includes fragments of regular echinoids, a partial serpulid, inoceramid shell fragments, a coral...

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Well preserved rostrum of a juvenile ?Belemnella belemnite. The small patch of white encrusting near the tip is some kind of epifaunal bryozoan.

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More to follow...

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David in Japan

thank you so much for the pictures and your report. Really interesting!

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I know this is really late, but I haven't had much time to work on my MKFRP these past few months.

Anyways, I just unpacked some fossils from the July MKFE, and will soon post a few pictures :) 

Stay updated these next weeks ;) I've got a few little research ideas for this project...

-Christian

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David in Japan

looking forward to reading your next posts.:popcorn:

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I still have to go thru 3 large sacks of some washout material from the site - I've started looking through one of them, and it's already yielded quite a few little echinoderm bits (and possibly one fish tooth) :D 

Also keeping a count of how many microfossils are found (and what kind) in the washout material; I'll try and establish some percentage-based faunal abundances with that data....

Stay tuned ;) 

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Forgot to post this - the site from which the washout material was sampled...

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and yes... in case you're wondering, that is a mosasaur skeletal model in the bucket. The name's Mozzy, and he is the official MKFRP project mascot ;) 

 

-Christian

 

P.S. Check this link for a few more details about this whole MK microfossil research :) 

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Innocentx

Hi @The Amateur Paleontologist. This is a good post which I missed earlier.

 

 

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I know I haven't posted here for quite some time, but I've been fairly busy.

On the other hand, I've finished going through a large batch of fossiliferous "washout" material from MK :) Some rather neat material turned up, even some little vertebrate bits (which are rare in washout material). I've begun doing some quantitative analyses, and will make a post detailing faunal abundances in a few months (once I've finished the project).

I still have two more batches to go through :D 

 

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I admit that within the next few months, I'll have hardly any time to post any updates about my MKFRP (because of high school finals); but once we're in June, I'll be back to extensively working on this project :)

 

-Christian

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Being busy with schoolwork doesn't mean I can't occasionally go through some fossiliferous chalk blocks during my free time ;)

Saturday I decided to have a go at a block that looked promising - one could see cross sections of what was probably the test ("shell") of a sea urchin. So I started preparing it, and it's starting to look pretty good! There are definitely several fragments of spines, along with several articulated plates of test...

I'll soon post pictures :) 

-Christian

 

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UtahFossilHunter
6 hours ago, The Amateur Paleontologist said:

I'll soon post pictures :) 

 

:popcorn:

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Innocentx

How long is 'soon'?  :popcorn:

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20 hours ago, UtahFossilHunter said:

:popcorn:

 

20 hours ago, Innocentx said:

How long is 'soon'?  :popcorn:

I've got most of the pictures taken; will post them tomorrow :) 

-Christian

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Here come the pictures of this echinoderm piece; still in prep :) 

 

The specimen before any prepping had been done - all I could see of the sea urchin were those grey traces in the chalk

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How the sea urchin currently looks like, after ~2 hours of prepping :) One can see fragments of several spines, some plates from the echinoid's "shell", and maybe even an element of the Aristotle's lantern (the mouth of sea urchins)

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I'm sure there's more of the sea urchin in that piece of chalk!

 

-Christian

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Innocentx

I'm not sure what you're using, but you're getting it done! Thanks for showing your progress.

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UtahFossilHunter
6 hours ago, The Amateur Paleontologist said:

Here come the pictures of this echinoderm piece; still in prep :) 

 

The specimen before any prepping had been done - all I could see of the sea urchin were those grey traces in the chalk

How the sea urchin currently looks like, after ~2 hours of prepping :) One can see fragments of several spines, some plates from the echinoid's "shell", and maybe even an element of the Aristotle's lantern (the mouth of sea urchins)

I'm sure there's more of the sea urchin in that piece of chalk!

 

-Christian

Very nice so far!

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7 hours ago, Innocentx said:

I'm not sure what you're using, but you're getting it done! 

With all my fossils in chalk (which is almost much everything I prepare), I just use a few small dental picks and a brush - It's not much, but as long as it does the job, I'm fine with it ;) 

-Christian

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Innocentx
On 1/31/2019 at 2:20 AM, The Amateur Paleontologist said:

With all my fossils in chalk (which is almost much everything I prepare), I just use a few small dental picks and a brush

Lucky for you!  So much of what I have is in limestone and working it is like removing cement. 

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I've made some more progress on my little sea urchin :) It's really quite a gift that keeps giving - an extra 2 hours of preparation has revealed quite a few new nice things!

The best bit is that enough matrix has been removed to reveal the definite presence of 2 pairs of demipyramids (the triangle-shaped elements which compose the "mouth"). In chalk echinoids, more than two associated demipyramids is quite rare! So I'm rather pleased about that :)

Extra prepping also revealed a few more fragments of spines.

 

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I hope there's still more in that piece of chalk!

 

-Christian

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belemniten

That looks good so far !! Congrats and good luck on the the further prep!

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