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  1. Fossil Fen

    Lobster Prep Advice

    Hello All, I came across this fossil at a local rock and gem store and I'm having a go at preparing it. Apparently it is from Indonesia and I believe is a Thalassina, although with the spindle like legs I haven't seen anything that looks like an exact match. Here's my question; the fossil is covered with a sticky coarse sandstone, and I'm wondering how much of the matrix I should leave between joints in the tail and between the legs on the main body. I'm not sure if removing too much matrix will just cause the fossil to fall apart, but I suspect it might. Has anyone had
  2. I just recently came across a very helpful website: https://www.microbehunter.com/microscopy-forum It is a friendly site, and I’ve gotten quick replies to some very specific questions about a vintage microscope I recently acquired. There are a number of forums, including one for people looking to buy/sell parts. Some of the folks there have some pretty obscure old microscope parts if you ever find yourself in need of some. They’re also good for advice on how to setup and optimize your microscope.
  3. Hey all! So I found what appeared to be a large geode, but upon further investigation turned out to have 5 or 6 fossils imprints! They seem to be seashells, scallop-like so possibly bivalves or brachiopods. I'll attach the pre-cleaning pictures below, then some more later after I rinse it and dry it off. My big question is: since this thing definitely has fossils (I can see at least two are half buried in the stone matrix) and is very likely a geode (it's heavy, has dimples, and I can see shiny facets in a few of the dimples), what should be next step be? I wanted to crack it open al
  4. leo9999

    Book advice

    Hi, I'm new here. My name is Leo and I'm from Italy. I'm looking for interesting books about paleontology and, in particular, about the transition from water to land. Since I've already read basically everything in Italian (there isn't too much choice actually), I'm looking for something in English. Any advice is welcome
  5. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    First Fossil Prep

    I got two unprepared GRF fossil fish, a Knightia and a Priscacara as presents for my birthday, in a kit that also contained a small handheld needle-like tool. I would like to get some advice from the experienced members of this forum on how to proceed. For tools, I have a sewing needle, x-acto knife (with parental permission,) and the tool that came with the kit. I have a slides microscope that can focus well enough for a prep in order to have some magnification. I have Lance Grande's book on the GRF for anatomy, and have read all of the prep threads I could find on this forum. I have decided
  6. Hi. I'm looking to buy a Keichousaurus as a present for a collector. I've seen some other threads, but I'm no expert, and so I thought I'd ask here about the specimen I'm interested in. As a complete novice, this looks "too good to be true" to me, in particular for the price that it's offered. But other threads had similarly looking specimen that were considered genuine. Thanks for the help! A.
  7. Hi fellow fossil enthusiasts! My family is taking a trip to West Virginia in early August and I was hoping to get some advice on fossil hunting in the area (I promise I'm not trying to get anyone's specific spots, just some general areas or tips). We will be near Snowshoe, WV (Pocahontas county) but are willing to drive around for fossils. We all love fossils but are total amateurs and have never visited this area before so any and all advice is appreciated! Thanks so much!
  8. Hello, I've been planning a trip to DSR for a while now however it would be my first time going so I'm still a newbie when it comes to digs. I would really appreciate any advice on really anything like equipment to bring or how to dig into the formation. Thanks!
  9. Anybody know any spots in North Carolina to fossil hunt? If no one is willing to share their secrets can you at least tell me what to look for?
  10. Hi all! I am a newbie here and I've recently become really enchanted by the casual fossil hunting I've been doing in the VA/MD area. And I've really enjoyed reading the forums and posts on here (thanks to everyone for their awesome help/advice/knowledge....it has been really inspiring for this amateur yet eager fossil hunter). I am about to take a trip down to central NC (Raleigh/Durham area) and my friend and I are hoping to pop over to the Greenville area to hunt on the Greens Mill Run and/or other areas (we are both field biologists so are well prepared for cold weather, nasty conditio
  11. Hello, Occasionally, when I am out prospecting for gemstones or minerals I stumble on some unique fossils that I include in my personal collection. Recently, I stumbled on a very large unique find that I believe is a fossil and am requesting assistance/advice on how to handle, if that is the case, for proper recovery if applicable. Location: Glacier WA USA, very close to the Canadian border, in a dried portion of a creek bed - up against the sides walls-banks. located under a tree stump. Approx size: Uncovered Specimen in photographs resembles
  12. So... This specimen is currently in ID- section here, but since it doesnt have any suggestions, I figured out that I should try to get some more features to help IDing. This is from northern Germany. I found this little stone and after a while, I decided to smash this into another rock. It kinda worked and this is what was in there. The fossil itself is quite fragile, and I accidentally managed to swipe lots of the material away from the other half. That was poor handling from my part.. :S I must say that Im quite inexperienced (only "re-prepped" one Otodus tooth which had some fea
  13. Foxx

    Novice looking for advice

    Hey guys, Ive found these while out on a walk with my dog. I was wondering if they could possibly be teeth or maybe my imagination is seeing things and they are just rocks. Any advice would be great! Thanks in advance. Foxx
  14. Irongiant97

    Any advice for a noob?

    So im very new to this and since winter is here, I thought it'd be a good time to ask for any advice for a novice (ie tools, where to look, anything that would be useful). I don't know anything about how to actually go about looking for fossils. So far I've learned a bit from people here, but just to get a basic gist overall would be a good start.
  15. Hi! I'm planning a trip to Briggs road earlville soon. As a result, I would really appreciate advice on where and how to dig at the site. Am I allowed to take off slabs of material or do I have to go through the material on the ground? If so, is there a specific spot I should dig? Thank you for your time.
  16. Thecosmilia Trichitoma

    Holzmaden Advice

    I will soon be visiting Holzmaden in Germany. Does anyone have any advice on how to find fossils there? (Which quarry to go to, where to look for fossils inside off the quarry, etc.) @belemniten @Ludwigia
  17. I am hoping to get some advice on how to handle preservation prep on a recently found section of mammoth tooth. I have soaked the tooth, removed debris/algae with vinegar, rinsed thoroughly and have the tooth soaking in the toilet tank. I plan on following Harry Pristis' advise on consolidation found in previous posts. I am leaving on a 2 week trip and will not have time to dry the specimen and complete the consolidation before the trip. So the question is, should I leave the tooth soaking until I return or remove the tooth from the water and allow it to dry for the 2 weeks in a controlled
  18. Rosie021

    Fossil or really worn shell?

    Hi! So I found a shell one of my old friends gave me when I was a child and I remember he told me this was a very old shell, I'm curious if this is a modern shell thats just really worn or if it's a fossil. I don't know enough to be able to tell myself sadly. Thank you!
  19. Okay so I found this specimen at the Taughannock Falls in Ithaca New York. I found it at the edge of the gorge which consists of Shale, composed of slit and clay that fell onto lime mud and hardened into rock. I've done some research and it appears to be a Brittle star trace fossil formed by their arm grazing the sand floor. Although, these Brittle Star fish traces are known as "Pteridichnites biseriatus" and they have only been discovered so far in upper Devonian shales out in western and eastern Virginia. I'm not an expert but to my knowledge the Ithaca geological formation is Devonian and w
  20. Benjaminpb

    Florida fossil advice

    Hello all! Soooo I’m taking my family to Disney World for Christmas this year. My wife is being very cool about it and she’s letting me spend most of my time looking for fossils. I’d like to make the most of my trip being that Florida is quite far Texas. I know about Peace River, Shell Creek and Venice Beach. I’ve been reading that Peace River isn’t productive anymore....is this true? I’d really like any advice on where to go, what to do, what not to do etc. If you have any secret spots and would like to pm me that would be much appreciated. I promise to keep it to myself.
  21. Marlowe

    UK Trilobites

    Does anyone know where I can find Trilobites in the UK (preferably south east) and how best to collect them?
  22. misterstockwell

    Long Tall Fossils and Tucson

    Hello all. New to the forum, but have been reading a lot here(and everywhere). In the process of building a house and have a long tall fireplace wall to fill. We had looked at everything from wood to stone to art, and then I shot down the slippery slope of fossil collecting! I have a couple questions. The space we need to fill is the upper part of a 17' fireplace, so we have more than 10' open, but of course don't have to fill that space. I have seen some really amazing palm fronds and flowers, crinoids or groups of fish that would work(but would cost a fortune). Do you have any other suggesti
  23. Hello Fellow Fossiliers!! So whilst on a field trip with the OUGS in Lyme Regis the other day I stumbled upon this rock which has a bivalve and a partial (what would have been huge) ammonite in it. As you can see the ammonite has undergone mineral replacement and has crystallised, seen as its not really structural intact from the outside and seems to only be 1/16th of a complete fossil would this look good if I sliced it in half to open up the inside? And, if so, seen as I have no real prepping/cutting tools to speak of how would you recommend I go about it?
  24. Hi, stopping at in Greenville for a night on our way to Charleston for vacation. Looking for advice on where to park, stream access, if any part of the stream has more Cretaceous vs. Miocene etc... any tips would be much appreciated. Will be me, my two boys and our dog. Thank you.
  25. Jared185

    New to this

    Hi guys, So I've been interested in and have been studying dinosaurs for quite some time not to mention all of the documentaries. But I'm new and it seems resources on the internet are very few when it comes to starting something like this. Anyway I'm from southeast ky and I am dying to start fossil hunting but am lost at where to start or even what area may be a good place. So I guess my question is what do I do now and are there any good resources for learning
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