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  1. Hello, for me currently Paleontology is only a hobby, but I want to have a future in this. So what I am asking for is some advice, what is the best universities in Europe especially in Germany and how should I best prepare myself to gain acceptance. When I say this I am speaking for all the young enthusiasts that want this to be more than just a hobby, but a life long career. I would like to dedicate my life to this field. All advice would be appreciated, regards Leander.
  2. Furious Fossil

    Is this a trilobite fossil? (assignment)

    I have a project for school, and I need to identify the fossil in the photo using the internet. I guessed that it was a trilobite, because it is visually similar to the ones I looked at online, and I wanted to make sure. I would also like to know: what are some tips for identifying fossils?
  3. While deer hunting with a friend, on private land, we found this fossil protruding from a rock outcropping. It appears to be bone. It is far beyond our ability to uncover the fossil and not sure if its worth the trouble. Is there someone we should call to investigate? How do we go about getting help? Sorry there is no object for scale. The length of the visible fossil in the first picture is about 10", top to bottom.
  4. Found this baculite filled with what i think is calcite. NE Wyoming, Pierre Shale formation. I'm a novice lapidary and am thinking of cutting this into round segments for display, but don't want to ruin it if it would be more valuable / interesting as an intact specimen. Opinions welcome!
  5. Hi master prep guys This has been a real challenge for me and I'm struggling. Any wisdom much appreciated. Potentially I've got a lovely ichthyosaur paddle here but it's driving me crazy. The matrix is so flaky I've had to put a stack of thin Paraloid on to stop the matrix disintegrating. I'm wondering if adding the Paraloid has stuck the matrix to the bone. The matrix is softer than the bone but is dangerously flakey without the Paraloid. I have a pen, pin vice and a hammer. The last tool is rapidly becoming an option! Should I selectively remove Para
  6. Guy Macdonald

    Cleaning fossils for amateurs.

    Hi guys, so I've been fossil hunting for about 2 months now, whenever I find a fossil I bring it home, soak it in water and gently scrub it with a spare toothbrush. Can anyone link me and advise me on some basic tools like chisels and picks that I can safely use to prep/clean my fossils, I often find ammonites, plant fossils, shell fossils and others. Thanks a lot for your help the web is like a maze for this stuff thought I'd just come straight here where the experts are lol, cheers.
  7. So I have a few days off duty and I'm planning on making a long weekend out of it. I'm starting tomorrow in Aurora, NC at the museum's spoil piles. This will be a first, so any suggestions are appreciated. Saturday I will be going to the Charelston, SC area to try my luck again. I was looking for advice in this area. I have done a ton of research with little success. I don't expect someone to give exact locations to their honey holes but advise would be great! Also anyone interested in joining would be welcome. Finally, a few days of free diving the bone yard in Venice, FL.... That's home!
  8. Hello I am newbie and I think right now to buy me a very beautiful tooth I wanted your opinion on this tooth I know it is very beautiful but I wonder if the blue spot can be considered a defect or not?
  9. salvo1989s

    wenlock edge advice

    hi guys i'm planning to go again in wenlock edge next thursday for some hours of hunting, not like the last time that i went for just 2h. Anyone can suggest the most productive path to follow? any advice wil be appreciated. thanks
  10. elegantoceras

    Macrocephalites id and prep

    Looking for some advice and id beyond Macrocepahites. The ornementation on the body is rubbish but on the keel going into the aperture is v good. How much further back would you take it?.Thanks
  11. Hello I found a very distinctive belemnite while fossiling on Friday, and want to learn to identify the species myself, and hopefully identify all of the more complete ones I have collected. I used this resource http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/time/fossilfocus/Belemnite.html to classify its features, and looked at Fossils of the Oxford Clay by Martill and Hutson to try and find it. Unfortunately only six species are identified and this isn't one of them. I looked in British Mesozoic Fossils from the Natural History Museum, and while this has Jurassic Belemnites, they are to
  12. Hi, i bought this russian trilobite for preparation, done just some ammonite before this. i have a record power engraver and a lot of patience. any good advice on this? here some pic of the specimen that is splitted in 2 parts.
  13. larryw

    Trilobite ?

    I am new to this hobby but have always been interested for most of my 68 years ! While wandering the beaches and roadside cuts on Manitoulin Island searching for fossils a month or so ago I came across several interesting finds including this one. This was found along a stretch of shoreline and it appears to be the Cephalon of some type of Trilobite ? I think it is the imprint / image of the actual creature itself not it's protective shell which may be lying upside down beside it ! During molting ? Could some of the more advanced collectors please confirm / comment on these pictures ? I can su
  14. I want to get a megalodon tooth as a gift for my friend, but I have no idea about which sights are reputable, what to look for in a megalodon tooth, or what appropriate prices might be. What I do know for sure about what I want is that I want it to be 4"+, still sharp, and I have a price cap of $170. I've seen that some sights advertise that the enamel of the teeth they sell have been ground for a polish. I would prefer the tooth I buy to not be ground to a polish, but I don't know what the consequences of not grinding them might be. I should add that neither me, nor my friend, has really own
  15. Hello! My name is Brittany, I have just joined the community so please be kind to me. I have always been interested in fossils and paleontology in general but have an anxiety disorder so I never pursued my dream of making it into a career. I do still want to make fossil hunting into a hobby though and was hoping you guys could help me get started. I live out in the country right next to a quarry, I was wondering if this would be a good location to start.I have attached some photos of the quarry to give you an idea of the area and the types of rocks that are here. I live in Ontario by the way!
  16. What's up people, I am new to this so bear with me. I am venturing to Wyoming in the near future by truck and was wondering what type of potential collecting sites I could stop at along the way? South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming fossil collecting sites would be greatly appreciated. As I will be traveling by truck, I will make multiple stops along the way to break the monotony of driving. Fee or free, I just need places to collect along the way. I am open to just about any type of fossil collecting, hunting and exploring so feel free to suggest anything. I appreciate it, bones
  17. Hello everyone, I really want to study paleontology one day, but there is no paleontology study on universities here in The Netherlands. Does anyone know if there are good ones in my neighbour countries, Germany, England or Belgium? And what are the requirements? (please explain in a way so I can understand, there's no A B C grading system here). Would it be benificial if I study biology here first, before moving to another country? Thanks
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