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Stuart from Devon
Hello everyone it's been a long time since I've been on here, I have just come into possession of a dinosaur egg, it's been with the same person for decade's and finally it's become part of my collection, very unfortunately it's provence is missing, I can remember that once upon a time it had a label but I was just a small boy and all I remember is that it said it was found sometime in the 1930's. Do any of your learned selves have any thoughts or advice? There's some delaminated shell pieces that I have saved but I've got no idea on how to proceed with consolidating it to be honest. Is it worth having it scanned? And if so where could this be done?
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prep01
Hi Stuart, I would suggest conservation / consolidation with Paraloid B72. The shell you have kept can be re-attached and a weak solution will prevent further delamination. This is an 'industry standard' which is reversable if neccessary. I cannot comment on the fossil itself.
Colin Huller
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Stuart from Devon
Cheers Colin, I've got some paraloid knocking about in the workshop I'll have to get some acetone. It's been a while since I've done any prepping and I'm not keen to randomly stick the shell back on, take my time under magnification and only put on bits that fit I suppose. I know that distorted preservation can be an indication the egg could potentially contain a foetus, are there any other indications other than scanning? I remember there used to be someone up in Nottingham that specialised in these does anyone know his name? Thanks again and I hope life is treating you well.
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prep01
Hi Stuart, just in case you need reminding  - 5% for consolidation , 15% for glueing shoukd be ok!
No idea about the scanning etc.
Colin Huller
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Richard
Hi Stuart
I completely understand if you wish to keep this fossil but given its state would it be best to give it to a museum?
Richard
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Barrow Museum
Dr Adam Smith, at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, is probably the museum expert you were trying to find.
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