Recent Trips,Finds and Preps




Prep Practice, May and June 2017

These are all unprepared specimens I bought in Tucson in February 2017.
Before and After



Phacops sp. forteyi? from Oufaten




Phacops barrandeops from Foum Zguid




Hollardops from Oufaten




Phacops sp. Oufaten




Previous Prep of an Atchana specimen

This is one of the trilobites that I found on site at the Atchana Dicranurus couche in April 2016.
It was in two pieces and completely covered. The pygidium damage was existing.



Parelajursus sp.




Detail of the cephalon




More Prep Practice (Jan 22, 2017)


Continuing to prep the rocks I bought from Ancient Earth.




Here is another Cornuproteus. I am still having trouble with locating the genal spines.


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Here is another phacopid. The rock on this one was especially sticky.




Prep Practice


I purchased a flat of about 25 unprepped small Moroccan trilobites from a local dealer. I have spent many hours over the last month practicing
my preparation techniques using these specimens. Most of them are small Gerastos granulosus species but I have found a few others.




These are the first ten that I prepped. They went out as Christmas presents.





This is a Cornuproteus cornulatus. Unfortunately, I was unfamiliar with the length of the genal spines and probably damaged them during rough out.





These are Reedops species. They were pretty rough even before I started the prep. I experimented with repairing the larger one with FIMO clay.





This Gerastos was completed after I received a new Micro Jack 2 air scribe.





This is the before and after pics of the first double where I was able to preserve both specimens, both Gerastos.






Hunting in the Silica Shale at Paulding, Ohio





These are the prepped Eldridgeops from the Silica Shale that I found in August 2016








Ogygiocarella debuchii







From west Shropshire, UK

LLanvirn Series
Ordovician Period

Found on March 21, 2016, Prepared by Steve





Huntonia huntonensis





From the Theisen Quarry, near Clarita Oklahoma

Bois d'Arc Formation
Devonian Period


Found on May 27, 2015, Prepared by Leon Theisen





Paciphacops campbelli





From the Theisen Quarry, near Clarita Oklahoma

Bois d'Arc Formation
Devonian Period


Found on May 27, 2015, Prepared summer 2015.





Shark Tooth Hill





From the Ernst Quarries, near Bakersfield, CA

Round Mountain Siltbr> Miocene Period


Found on December 14, 2013.