Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Fossils Encased in Mudstone--Part I

Started preparation work on this bastard last week--and armed with a nothing but a chisel, hammer, and a few brushes... it's slow going.

I won't be removing the fossils themselves from the block to give a visual representation of the deposition and burial of whatever may lie inside. 

Thus far I have exposed a large chunk of fairly unidentifiable bone, a diminutive rib of something or another (possibly some sort of small lizard), and a tiny three-chambered shellfish.

Will update with new photos as progress is made! 

PS--I will accept any an all air compressor donations.