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brym
My wife found this nodule at Staithes last week. As it didn't seem to be a Dact. and also the keel looks well preserved I decided not to wack it but to try and prep it. I'm very much a beginner at prepping and don't want to ruin a good specimen. The shell where exposed is slightly damaged, should I try and preserve that or just go for the mould? Also I know you can't see much but is it possible that it is one of the rarer species and I should go back to practicing on Dacts?

Thanks Brian.



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Crann
It looks like a Dac to me, you must have found it not far from the beach to the right of Staithes did you ? Personally I would find an edge with hardly any keel showing and give it a swift tap, could save you at least £50 and you never know... even a better finished result... Alan.
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brym
Thanks Alan, I didn't think it was a Dac as the ribs didn't seem to diverge towards the keel but that is probably wishful thinking. I'll try and persuade the wife to let me whack it. It was found just past the harbour wall on our way back.

Brian
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fossil man 72
its a dactylioceras semicelatum ,which is slightly crushed which isnt uncommon 
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Elbert
Hello Brian, nice find!
If you continue your prepping in such a way that you can place a chisel pointing in the same direction as  the showing keel, tap it gently, there is a good chance it will pop like a dream.
 
greetings, Bert
the search is as valuable as the finds...
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brym
Thanks all, I'll post the result.

Brian 
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brym
I'm afraid it was rubbish.

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Elbert
Hello, oh, what a shame! [eek]
Makes me feel akward, since  it was me that gave you the advice...
But all is not lost; when you glue the two halves together, it is still possible to prep it.
Just a lot more work...
I have had the same happening to me and was able to still make a decent ammonite out of it.

greetings, Bert
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brym
Hi Bert,

Please don't feel awkward, I'm grateful for the advice, it's all a learning curve for me. It hadn't occurred to me that it could still be prepped, ideal for practice.

Thanks Brian
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Crann
brym wrote:
Hi Bert,

Please don't feel awkward, I'm grateful for the advice, it's all a learning curve for me. It hadn't occurred to me that it could still be prepped, ideal for practice.

Thanks Brian


Looks like the inside wasn't preserved very well anyway as if just split you should see the chambers clear, happens all the time, many more out there to find !
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