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Collecting fossils can be very easy or become a torture of several hours, under a burning sun or under the weather inclemency. That's why I love it!
As a good practice, a good knapsack to fill, a hammer and a chisel are neccesary.
We can find a fosil on the field surface, free.
But also we can find it as a part of a extremely hard rock. Here, we would need a lot of time and job to get it. And sometimes the fossil is broken down during the extraction, which could break your nerves down, too.
An advise to fossil-lovers:
Dont' be in hurry. Search carefully, slowly. Come back over areas yet visited. There are a lot of fossil sizes, from the little foramminifers like a lentil to the ammonites of 50 cm. diameter.
Go to look for fossils on good days. On bad days is better to devote to clean and prepare the fossils yet collected.
Once cleaned, the pieces should be classified as soon as possible and inserted in the collection. By my own experience I tell you it is discouraging to have the house full of "stones" waiting for that job. At the end, even the strongest will goes down when you see the behind job.
The true is the proccess doesn't finish with the collecting on the field. That's the beginning!
Afterward, is neccesary to clean, prepare, clasify, fill the file, photograph, insert in the collection, finally. And that's all, so... COME ON!.






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