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  2. Feb Cooper River Diving

    Very nice finds. Love your dive gear setup.
  3. FL River Hunting Feb 22 2018

    Another vote for dugongid.
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  5. Real Grallator footprint?

    In fact unfortunately there is a language barrier here my great friend @Troodon. Perhaps the fault is Google Translate? Or maybe it's my fault that I do not speak English? But I hope, please, my friend try to understand me now. In fact I know that footprints, scientifically are not identified to species but yes to types. But the problem is with the laity. For example, I visited a government museum here in my country, and I saw a footprint discovered in the United States. And it was written on the bronze plaque: Dinosaur Species: Grallator Sp. When a friend, completely layman comes to visit my private collection here at home, he would expect to see: A block of mud (still moist) inside a cardboard box with a huge dinosaur footprint in the center... He would expect to see: Huge bones of phosphate and calcium, just like modern bones... I do not know how big it is a culture/intellectuality can be in your country, but here in my country the lay population in paleontology / archeology can reach an incredible 85% in every my country ... So, it becomes difficult for me to explain to my friend that in the past was mud or sand containing the footprint, and which later solidified and turned into rock, imagine then try to explain the formation of the positive with the negative in the same footprint.... It's complicated to explain how such a big bone has turned into rock... I see my friend's eyes on me with enormous mistrust ... And I can almost hear his thoughts: "What a lie! You took the whole year to sculpt it all"! So to try to explain this a bit better to the visitors that appear here, the footprints here in my private collection I write so on the board: Footprint of Theropod (Carnivorous Dinosaur). Species: Not determined. Type: Grallator. And I also believe that everyone's Museums should make this clear to their visitors ... Huge hug!
  6. My Large Find on the NSR

    All I can say is wow! Everyone else who has commented has said what I would. I don't know how I missed the first parts of your thread, but I did. This I would say that everyone of us amateur fossil hunters just wish we could come across something like this. I can sure understand through your words why the Paleontologists set up tents and camp when they find a specimen. I think I would have had to take a week or two off work to find every piece there was to find and not let mother nature take it away. Since you are going to keep it and display it I have to ask. Have you given it a name? Good luck in future expeditions and I hope you continue to find more pieces. My vote for FOTM is yours hands down and I am sure it will be tough to beat for FOTY. Congrats!
  7. What is your microscope/air blaster setup?

    The only thing I'd recommend differently is to use PVA or butvar rather than white glue. White glue ends up peeling off over time and is not as easily reversible. Also, aluminum oxide is too aggressive in most cases for Green River fish (except possibly in the case of RJB's nightmare capstone specimen ) I have success with the Paasche Air eraser with remote feed. As with any set-up, a moisture filter is recommended. Also, some kind of dust control. I just bought a Dust Deputy to go on my Shop Vac (otherwise, you'll ruin your vacuum pretty quickly). I'm thinking about linking two of them. If you use a vacuum on your blast cabinet, you must have air inlet holes on the cabinet, or it can IMPLODE! I also just added a HEPA air filtering unit to the prep room. I'm going to build a box with hand holes and glass top to put under a boom-arm microscope for air-scribing. I've been doing it in the open, leaving matrix debris everywhere. The box will fix that. Here's my current set-up (Note: the dirt deputy is not yet hooked up correctly in this photo). The compressor is on the floor underneath the table below the blast cabinet and not pictured).
  8. Mysterious Mammal Fossil

    Unfortunately it is not only in your country my great Moroccan friend from miles so far away @Tidgy's Dad... Here in my country they mix Paleontology with Bible ... And the great confusion is formed!
  9. Another Fake Jaw from Morocco

    And I believe in you my big friend! Because there really are still good sellers out there ! Now, you see, for now, this is the new 2018 launch from Indonesia... I wonder what would happen if other countries, rich in fossil teeth of sharks like the United States and Morocco decide to join this fashion! In this case, we'll have something unforgettable for the next Tucson Show!
  10. I have met several people here in Morocco who believe all fossils are faked, that I have manufactured my entire collection and that I and others have 'planted' all the fossils that are found in Morocco and around the world.
  11. Collection Update

    Nice collection and displays.
  12. Other Locations

    Various places around North Texas.
  13. Since about the Eocene... but certainly not this many.
  14. In-Situ Shots(various locations)

    'As I found them' shots from around North Texas.
  15. I believe you! But not this guy. After I told him, it was three months before i went back and it had the new label on. Hadn't sold it, though.
  16. Another Fake Jaw from Morocco

    I am hoping that in a few weeks, when he thinks you have already forgotten this, he will not again modify the ad to: "100% Real Jaw - Museum Quality". I've seen it happen! But I do not wish to judge the seller here. Many of them are really honest, but they often advertise what they do not understand.
  17. Same with a chap in Spain I told exactly the same , he also now has it labelled as "Real teeth set in a reproduction jaw". There are honest guys out there.
  18. February 2018 - Finds of the Month - Entries

    Saurodon Fish Jaw 2/1/18 Dallas, TX USA Atco Formation of Austin Group 85 mya i finally found a jaw with teeth still attached
  19. "Museum quality"...ya, Ripley's Believe it or Not museum!!!!
  20. That's some funny stuff!
  21. 5 Piece - 13 1/4" Stackable Sifting Pans

    Couldn't resist it. Sorry.
  22. Baby Keichousaurus

    The local collectors called that rare form "梅花頭" or "clubs head", it does resemble the clubs (♣)
  23. My Large Find on the NSR

    There sure is a hole in this jaw that should not be there!
  24. Waldron mystery fossil

    +1 to rugose coral. We see it all the time at Penn Dixie with similar cross sections, usually in calcite as would appear to be the case with yours as well. Nice pyrite in there as well!
  25. Waldron mystery fossil

    Amazing! Thanks for your help.
  26. Baby Keichousaurus

    If it is a very young baby, perhaps the skull would be softer and deform more easily during the fossilization process ?
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