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Mechanical extraction of fossils extraction by hammers, chisels, and picks

  • Norman F. Sohl (a1)


The extraction of fossils by the use of chisels, hammers, and picks is probably the oldest of the methods dealt with in this volume. One must also admit that it may be the most tedious and time consuming method considering the more recent applications of power tools. Yet, exacting as it is, one has only to visualize the exquisite craftsmanship displayed in the sculptures of antiquity to realize the potential of these hand tools.



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Popenoe, W. P. 1957. The Cretaceous gastropod genus Biplica, its evolution and biostratigraphic significance. University of California Publications in Geology, 30(6):425453, Pl. 50–51.
Stephenson, L. W. 1956. Fossils from the Eutaw Formation, Chattahoochee River region, Alabama-Georgia. United States Geological Survey Professional Paper, 274-J, p. 227250, Pl. 38–45.


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