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Gary W


I store by type first so one cabinet for ammonites, one for other mollusca, one for plants, one for echinoderms etc...  Then within the ammonite cabinet by age and location.  So all Liassic Yorkshire ammonites would be together.  this is because I have quite a large collection from many different locations.  A friend of mine has collected from far fewer sites but has more fossils from each, therefore he stores by location first.  it all depends on how your collection is made up which way is best.



Edited by Gary W 2015-05-30 16:52:42
Gary
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MicroFossilMan
I'm currently, in my old age, resurrecting my childhood interest in
fossils and am busy cataloguing and trying to identify what I found as a
kid.  Here's a fairly general question, and one which clearly has no "correct" answer, but I thought I'd put the question to see what other more experienced people do

How do you store your fossils? Assuming enough drawer space, do you keep them together by type (all the ammonites, all the bivalves etc) or by age (all the Jurassic, all the Cretaceous) or location?

If one stores them by type then one can see, "at a glance", how things changed over time, e.g. from goniatites to ammonites to heteromorphs through to modern nautiloids.

If one stores them by age then one can see what was going on at any particular geological period in the past.

Opinions?
MFM
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fossil mad
all over the fireplace and shelves in the front room,so you can see them.What's the point having them if you cant see and touch them?
"When can we go fossil hunting again?"
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deerhunter
Try telling my misses that
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deltapodus
Bearing in mind that, one day, I intend to donate them to a museum (or, perhaps, to someone like Byron so the family can benefit from the obsession), everything's stored according to location and date, with labels showing what everything is. 
Some of the choicer specimens are on display around the house.
Finally found bone[biggrin]
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aurelius
I have a sophisticated system whereby everything is thrown into boxes which then fill the house, garage, shed etc. Isn't that what everyone does?
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MicroFossilMan
Snap Anyway, the cat would send 'em all flying ...
MFM
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MicroFossilMan
At the moment my collection is somewhat skeletal! But I hope to improve it, and I'm interested in how things evolved over time so I will probably take a scatter-gun approach and collect some of everything rather then concentrating, as I know some people do, on one particular group. Of course I may change my mind later

I think I'll probably do what you're doing, all the ammonites together, all the bivalves together etc, but this will be in drawers rather than whole cabinets. Then just by age I think as I'm likely to end up with fossils from here, there and everywhere as I try to get goniatites, ammonites, heteromorph ammonites, nautiloids (and similar for other groups) running through the geological ages.
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