Finding Your First Fossil
Finding fossils isn't easy and without certain tools you could be faced with a long hard dig. Tools that fossil hunters need can vary by region but almost always include the basic neccessities. If you're planning on going out into the field to find fossils the tools and equipment you need could make getting the fossils much easier.
UnEarthing Fossils Is Sometimes Tough
Fossils many times are covered at least with a little bit of dirt so they will need to be dug up. Even for fossils that are found on the shoreline the retrieval of these fossils could be difficult. You may even need to remove the surroundings of the fossil and later chisel out the fossil.
And with the fossils buried you'll need a way to dig them up and the best tool for that is a standard shovel. Using a pick to break up the ground if it's too hard to use the shovel on. Smaller tools will come in much better for more precise work. Most people use larger tools to get around the fossil and then use the more precise tools to actually dig the fossil out to avoid any damage.
Fossils Encased in Rock Can Mean Trouble
You can't dig into rock with a shovel and you'll need other tools for this type of fossil retrieval. In this case you'll need a hammer and chisel and depending on how large the rock is will determine how big your hammer should be. Prybars are also a good tool to break up and split rock.
If you haven't noticed by now, finding fossils is a lot of work and you will need a strong desire if you plan on sticking with it. But this labor of love can give you a glimpse into the past that is surely worth it. Find out more facts about fossils and what it means to find one.
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