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A few more pics of the collection process:

The first is the fossil after we took all the rocks I had on top of it off. they were on there to hide and protect it from deer and the elements (do deer collect things too?):wink:

Second, we were deciding how big some of the cracks were and how many pieces we would wrap separately.

Third, Jim made a sketch of the fossil to show the preparator how the separate pieces should fit together.

And finally, wrapping the pieces in paper and using duct tape to keep them from breaking up any more during the trip back to the lab. As with all scientists, there was a major discussion (almost heated) about how best to use the duct tape and which direction it should be wrapped. :hmm:
 

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I started to ask about how you could have left it behind for several years before bringing in troups (or extracting it yourself). I have the answer to the first part but why did you leave it to begin with instead of removing it at the time? (loved the duct tape observation, it puts life in proper prospective!)
 

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Heavy enough that I figured I'd get someone with youth and vigor to carry it out. Experience and treachery beats youth and vigor every time. :heee:
 

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Architeuthoceras;134993 said:
Experience and treachery beats youth and vigor every time. :heee:

No argument there :old: but I was curious about actual weight (give or take).
 

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The fossil has been prepared and is ready for display :smile:
 

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