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mattyb1974

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I'm a keen angler and ofter find myself having a nosy for fossils , well I found a very large one the only problem is I have no idea how to extract it from the very hard rock it is encased in I managed to get it home and I've had a little go with hammer and chisel is that the only way? as it seams a tad crude any info would be gratefully appreciated .
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Hi Matt

Prepping can be difficult and time consuming. Depends on how hard the rock is. If you want to try yourself maybe try a hammer and a sharp nail to begin with.
Someone on here may be able to give you a better solution. Using an engraver on something that big would take ages.

Where did you find it.

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Thanks I will give it a go with a sharp nail or small chisel but the rock is pretty hard , it was half way up a cliff near withernsea
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Can always send it off to a professional preparer!
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Didn't know there was such a thing ? But it sounds expensive to me ?
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Can always send it off to a professional preparer!
didn't know there was such a thing ? But sounds expensive to me ?
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Spot on, I think it is expensive.
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The fossil will sometimes work out far more valuable than the expense of prepping it.
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didn't know there was such a thing ? But sounds expensive to me ?


I send my marine reptile stuff off and it's well worth it. Most will charge about £20-30 an hour. 
The fossils often become worth more than the cost of prepping so it's worth it, and they display beautifully.
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I send my marine reptile stuff off and it's well worth it. Most will charge about £20-30 an hour. 
The fossils often become worth more than the cost of prepping so it's worth it, and they display beautifully.
Jeez Louise £20 -£30 an hour ? If they can promise to do it in 10 minutes I might consider it ha ha but really can't afford to pay that much for something that might be worthless.
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It doesn't look worthless to me, mate...
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It doesn't look worthless to me, mate...
like I say I am a total novice I've just happened to find a couple whilst fishing the Holderness coast and couldn't resist bringing this big one home with thoughts of making a nice ornament out of it , I just underestimated how long and difficult it would be 😉
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Hello, on first glance your fossil looks like a big ammonite wich will be well worth prepping; what you can do is to take it to a professional prepper and ask for an estimate of the prepwork and the value of the fossil after prepping is finished.
That should  make your decision a bit easier.
If this is bone material, you`ve probably found something out of the ordinary in wich case you should do the same in combination with contacting the local museum and its scientists.
Please let us know how you fared,

greetings, Bert

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Maybe you could take a close up of the whorls on the side. I'd say it's a rarther large ammonite not verts, but hard see. Which area did you find this at?
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I will go take a pic and post it up .. It was found on the holderness coast Yorkshire England matey , I'm not sure if I saw another one one a few days ago it was definitely the same rock but I didn't dig it out
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You can get quite far with a Hammer and chisel however you have to be very careful and generally it takes a lot of practise to prep fossils completely with hammers and chisels. Record power engraver is always a good one, if you don't have one they are quite expensive but definitely worth it! Or if you have access to prep tools that would be the ideal situation. May I ask where it is from?
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A few close ups

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Looking at the close ups it would be best to use record power engraver or prep tools if you have access. Its not from Isle of Wight is it? looks similar to Ferruginous sands heteromorphy Tropaeum bowerbanki we get over here
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Looking at the close ups it would be best to use record power engraver or prep tools if you have access. Its not from Isle of Wight is it? looks similar to Ferruginous sands heteromorphy Tropaeum bowerbanki we get over here
.. no its from Yorkshire as for it being Ferring sand heterothingymagig I really am clueless sorry
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I think that looking at it, it would be well worth the time/hassle/money to get it done. What a shame it would be if it broke or was damaged by hammer and chisel.
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I agree, this needs properly prepping - wish I ws nearer! There are several peple in your area who could do it.
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