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Chalk and Awls

       Mike Everhart continues his relentless research on the Oceans of 
Kansas. His latest find is an amazing article from 1884 by Charles H. 
Sternberg on instructions for fossil collecting. It's a wonderful window into 
the prehistory of field paleontology.
       Interesting is his use of a butcher knife in exposing specimens in the 
chalk. A century later another great field man from Kansas and a friend of 
mine, Bruce Schumacher, used the same technique to great advantage with a 
monster Bowie knife he named "Chuck" in honor C.H.S. DV: