PaleoElegance System of Grading Fossils

Scale of 1-5, with 1 being lowest and 5 being highest.

Final score is derived from total of points, averaged over 8 evaluation areas.

COMPLETENESS OF THE FOSSIL
5- 90-100%
4- 75-89%
3- 60-74%
2- 45-59%
1- Less than 45%

RARITY OF FOSSIL
5-Exceedingly Rare
4-Rare
3-Uncommon
2-Fairly Common
1-Common

PRESERVATION OF FOSSIL (Vertebrate)
5-Exquisite Preservation
       With soft tissue imprints/preservation
       With visceral preservation
4-Excellent Bone Preservation
3-Very Good Bone Preservation
2-Good Bone Preservation
1-Fair/Poor Bone Preservation

PRESERVATION OF FOSSIL (Non-Vertebrate)
1-Exquisite Preservation, with Superb Detail
2-Excellent, with fine detail
3-Very Good, with some finer detail
4-Good, with rare finer detail
5-Fair, with no finer detail
 
ARTICULATION (Vertebrate)
5-Completely Articulated
4-At least 85% Articulated
3-At least 70% Articulated
2-At least 50% Articulated
1-Less than 50 % Articulated

INTACTNESS (Non-Vertebrate)
5-Completely Intact
4-At least 85% Intact
3-At least 70% Intact
2-At least 50% Intact 
1-Less than 50 % Intact

SIZE
5-One of the Largest Known
4-Amongst the Larger Specimens Known
3-A Larger Specimen
2-A Mid-Range Example
1-A Smaller Specimen

BEAUTY/FOSSIL PREPARATION
5-Remarkable/A Gorgeous Specimen, with rare balance, eye appeal, and
artistry
4-Superb/Graceful, with an eye to beauty and balance
3-Very Nice, with an eye to detail
2-Good, with some need for further refinement and minor fossil repair
1-Fair/ Poor, with repair needed to specimen

MATRIX
5-Beautiful, Balanced, with intact stone, centering of specimen, richness of tones and hues, and pronounced matrix enhancement of fossil specimen
4-Very Nice Cut of Intact Stone, with specimen centered, and with significant matrix enhancement of fossil specimen
3-Very Good Cut of Stone, with well-repaired crack not passing through specimen, with specimen predominantly centered, and with some matrix enhancement of fossil specimen
2-Good Cut of Stone, with specimen off-center, and with well-repaired crack(s), with no more than one passing through the specimen
1-Fair/Poor Cut of Stone, with specimen off-center, several repaired cracks, and with at least one passing through specimen

OVERALL
5-Unique presentation, with features rarely seen, which add beauty, grace and distinction.  Scientifically distinctive-a masterpiece
4-Distinctive presentation, with features very uncommonly seen.  Scientifically distinctive-an artistic presentation
3-Very nice preservation, with features uncommonly seen.  Scientifically relevant-artistic
2-Good presentation, with features often seen. Not scientifically relevant
1-Fair/poor presentation, with features commonly seen.  Not scientifically relevant

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