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I found this rock today in my favorite spot in southeast Missouri. I guess they are Smithville variety.

There are several fossils in this rock. That spiral looking one is 4" long!

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Lookin good! Can you prep it out a bit more?

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I'll have to research how to prep them. I just washed it off with water and a toothbrush. I have a bunch more that need it too

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2 minutes ago, John Corbet said:

I'll have to research how to prep them. I just washed it off with water and a toothbrush. I have a bunch more that need it too

Just peruse our section on preparation to get some ideas.

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I just don't want to mess them up. They are very precious to me. It is something special to find something no one on earth has seen b4. The remnants of something living millions of years ago! It is already amazing that its picture if u will has survived this long and I don't want to be the creature to that ruins it. I have thought about cleaning it and maybe putting something on it to preserve it. All this talk of cleaning away the matrix and picks and chisels and sand blasting scares me.

I have had some crumble when I was brushing them off.

Right now if u notice in that pic the tip is still on that snail but is exposed and I want to be careful  not to break it off.

Also there are other snails in the rock and that is kind of neat too. There are at least 3 different types that all died together I couldn't separate them now! Lol

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2 minutes ago, John Corbet said:

I just don't want to mess them up. They are very precious to me. It is something special to find something no one on earth has seen b4. The remnants of something living millions of years ago! It is already amazing that its picture if u will has survived this long and I don't want to be the creature to that ruins it. I have thought about cleaning it and maybe putting something on it to preserve it. All this talk of cleaning away the matrix and picks and chisels and sand blasting scares me.

I have had some crumble when I was brushing them off.

Right now if u notice in that pic the tip is still on that snail but is exposed and I want to be careful  not to break it off.

Also there are other snails in the rock and that is kind of neat too. There are at least 3 different types that all died together I couldn't separate them now! Lol

If you're satisfied than don't touch it. :)

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3 hours ago, John Corbet said:

I just don't want to mess them up. They are very precious to me. It is something special to find something no one on earth has seen b4. The remnants of something living millions of years ago! It is already amazing that its picture if u will has survived this long and I don't want to be the creature to that ruins it. I have thought about cleaning it and maybe putting something on it to preserve it. All this talk of cleaning away the matrix and picks and chisels and sand blasting scares me.

I have had some crumble when I was brushing them off.

Right now if u notice in that pic the tip is still on that snail but is exposed and I want to be careful  not to break it off.

Also there are other snails in the rock and that is kind of neat too. There are at least 3 different types that all died together I couldn't separate them now! Lol

Interesting snail... Reminiscent of a Turritellid but I assume it is Paleozoic?

I think it could be improved with some preparation but you are wise to be cautious. If you want to get into prepping, start with some lesser specimens until you get the hang of it (not that I have any experience myself, but this is the advice you'll get). Otherwise there are some good preppers here on the Forum that might be willing to do it for you.

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9 hours ago, John Corbet said:

I just don't want to mess them up. They are very precious to me. It is something special to find something no one on earth has seen b4. The remnants of something living millions of years ago! It is already amazing that its picture if u will has survived this long and I don't want to be the creature to that ruins it. I have thought about cleaning it and maybe putting something on it to preserve it. All this talk of cleaning away the matrix and picks and chisels and sand blasting scares me.

I have had some crumble when I was brushing them off.

Right now if u notice in that pic the tip is still on that snail but is exposed and I want to be careful  not to break it off.

Also there are other snails in the rock and that is kind of neat too. There are at least 3 different types that all died together I couldn't separate them now! Lol

I share your enthusiasm and appreciate your caution. I would go along with Wrangellian's advice.

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13 hours ago, Ludwigia said:

Just peruse our section on preparation to get some ideas.

Very appealing gastropod!  A cheap dremel engraver (under$20) seems like it would work nicely to remove some of the matrix hiding the specimen.

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10 hours ago, John Corbet said:

I have a dremel and some nice diamond bits

What I was suggesting is a dremel ENGRAVER. It is more delicate than a dremel with diamond bits.

 

 
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On 3/11/2020 at 21:56, minnbuckeye said:

Lo que estaba sugiriendo es una dremel ENGRAVER. Es más delicado que un dremel con diamantes.

 

 
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This machine comes with the tips I guess, right?  Are these tips suitable for cleaning fossils or do you have to buy special ones?

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I understand some people alter or replace the tips. I myself have gotten by with the tip that comes with it.

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I bought tips like this from Amazon: 

 

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