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Re: Leaned something new! RE: Some Data ....

Someone fill in this amateur.

You've got a 70 million plus year old bone hard, dry, rockicized fossil.

Why on earth would you add a preservative?

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

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As a side note here=2C even perfectly formed undamaged fossils
can on occasion turn instantly soggy by simply adding a preservative
whilest in the field. You can instantly turn fossils into mush by
doing so. It would appear that if they are laced with 1000s of tiny microsc=
opic fractures and you add a liquid=2C they will flow. One has=20
to add preservatives one drop at a time=2C allowing each drop to harden
before applying the next application. I believe this is the reason most
fossils are destroyed when amateurs attempt to recover them.  --dale=20

Date: Sun=2C 1 Nov 2009 08:32:51 +1100
From: dannj@alphalink.com.au
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
Subject: Re: Leaned something new! RE: Some Data ....

On Sat=2C Oct 31st=2C 2009 at 4:58 AM=2C B tH=20

I never have heard that fossils could be in such
a condition. I have seen some rocks that were easily
crunched up by hand - must be along the same lines.
When things like this occur=2C is it due to something that
has happened to the fossil "recently" - how could it
have survived up till now in such a state?

I suspect most 'oatmeal' fossils are due to chemical changes that have
occured while they were in the upper soil layers. They were probably
much harder for most of their fossil 'life'=2C otherwise you'd think that
pressure put on them at any decent depth would squish them beyond
recognision. Keep in mind that even solid and apparently hard bone can
gradually 'flow' under immense pressures=2C resulting in distortion of th=


Dann Pigdon
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