Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bone Packing

For the last couple of months' Saturdays, Lori and I have been helping to pack paleo collections from the old Utah Museum of Natural History so they can be safely moved to the new Natural History of Museum of Utah digs at the Rio Tinto Center (I may never purge UMNH fully for NHMU, it's an eight-year habit). We've demonstrated our talents for cutting polyethylene foam to support and stabilize fossils placed into clean, bright, new, metal drawers. The fossil-laden drawers are then wrapped in plastic film, loaded into metal cabinets, and later transported via semi truck to the new museum. The old museum's basement is looking nearly empty, and the move should be complete by mid-March. The new prep lab will become officially active after March first and we look forward to getting back to our prep work.

To commemorate our status as "The Cutters", Lori and I present Presbybornis pervetus, safely tucked into a new Ethafoam nest.

Avian dinosaur bones from the early Eocene (~50+ MA)
in late Anthropocene plastic foam (Jan 28, 2012)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bloat, Float, and Sink - Ankylosaur in Marine Rock

Here's a video just posted at the Royal Tyrrell Museum's YouTube video page. Donald Henderson shows an amazing "bloat and float" ankylosaur that was recovered from marine sediments near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. It's interesting that the skeleton was uncrushed. Lori and I did some prep work on the therizinosaur Nothronychus graffami which was found in marine sediments, and most of its bones were extremely flattened. The ankylosaur is a very cool, very rare find.