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I have never found a top to a Crinoid only pieces

Here and there and mostly in creeks beds washed

Out over tens of thousands of years. But we have

Been checking out a shelf of rocks i think a lot come

From in the creek and found this today...how does one gently

Remove this? Its in this dang Missouri limestone

Concrete haha!


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Heres the shelves the fossils are layered in

Between them here and there...big sedimentary

Clusters surrounded by limestone


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Oof, not so portable, eh?

Looks like a job for Mr. Portable Gas-powered Rock Saw.

"There has been an alarming increase in the number of things I know nothing about." - Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant

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Ugh....Warsaw formation. That stuff is HARD. I seldom collect in it just because it's almost impossible to prep.

If you are trying to get it out of the cliff face....prybar, sledge hammer, and be ready to pick up the pieces and glue them back together.

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Nice, find. Not sure about extracting the fossil from the matrix.

Start slow with water and a soft brush to check how sturdy the fossil is.

I would try vinegar or hydrogen peroxide on a different

but similar piece to see how it cleans up.

Then if nothing catastrophic happens, I would try it on the good one.

It's hard to remember why you drained the swamp when your surrounded by alligators.

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