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What You Should Bring When Searching for Fossils

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In addition to having a keen interest in robotics, to the point of watching many robotics competitions on television at her home in Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska enjoys paleontology, which is the study of fossils. In particular, Valerie Varnuska appreciates the work of those who find and preserve fossils for display.

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What You Should Bring When Searching for Fossils

  1. 1. WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING WHEN SEARCHING FOR FOSSILS Valerie Varnuska
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION  In addition to having a keen interest in robotics, to the point of watching many robotics competitions on television at her home in Westbury, NY, Valerie Varnuska enjoys paleontology, which is the study of fossils. In particular, Valerie Varnuska appreciates the work of those who find and preserve fossils for display. Anybody can search for fossils, and there are various tools that make the job easier and more fulfilling. A fossil guidebook will help you to identify what you find, especially as fossils tend to fragment over time, meaning you may need to figure out how one small piece fits into a larger whole. Further, bring a magnifying glass of between 5x and 10x magnification so you can examine the ground closely and spot things that don’t belong. An old toothbrush is useful for cleaning a fossil of mud and dust without damaging the fossil itself. If hunting for fossils in a protected area, bring a camera along so you can document your finds, as you won’t be able to take the fossils away with you. Small digging tools are a help.

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