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Ichthyosaur skull prep - saving a fossil that was poorly excavated


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Sometime ago, I acquired an ichthyosaur skull that was poorly prepped. It had been roughly grinded and had lost much of its surface details. This is unlike the Holzmaden-style ichthyosaurs that were professionally prepped from the beginning, resulting in a beautiful fossil with scleral eye rings and full teeth etc. It's the reason collectors get unprepped Keichousaurus and send them to professional preppers, with the resultant Keichousaurus being more detailed than the ones you see from the Chinese market.

 

This guy here is as flat as a pancake and so it would take delicate work to remove the hard matrix without damaging what bones still remain.

 

Thankfully, @steelhead9 was up to the task of prepping him further. There is no restoration here. I'd say he has done one heck of a job.

 

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Yes, much better!

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Fossildude19

Andy,

@steelhead9 does amazing work.  :wub: 

It is evident in every piece he has ever posted here on the Forum.  :) 

You were lucky to have him work on it for you.  Great choice.

Congratulations Andy, on a (now)  amazing skull.  

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Oh boy he did a great job now you really have a nice specimen, good call on getting him to do it.

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Great work and great save. 

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Thanks guys! Prepping is a harrowing experience especially when you have to send your precious fossil overseas but as you can see, in the hands of a good prepper it's worth it!

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Nice save.  Looks like a really fun prep job. 

 

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Wow, what a superb prep job resulting in a lovely icthy head! :envy:

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:default_faint:Ammazing!

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