The Whiteside Museum

of Natural History

Whiteside Emblem 125

After finding fossils in the field, the next step is to jacket them in a burlap/plaster wrap, so they can be protected in the field and then transported safely back to the museum lab. This jacket has a lot of bones and is very large. We're going to need a large tractor to move this one back to the museum. This is a 4x normal speed of the process that is repeated and repeated in the field.

 

Video by Tracy Jon Houpt

After plastering the top and sides of a jacket, we have to flip it so we can plaster the bottom.  The larger the jackets, the more people are needed to flip it!  Once the jacket is completely plastered, it can be safely moved back to the museum's prep lab.

 

Video by Tracy Jon Houpt

March 20, 2016

 

We are using a clear shower curtain to make a 2x2 meter map at one of our dig sites.  This involves tracing the outline of EVERY bone fragment that can be visibly seen.  This includes parts of ribs, skull, jaws, vertebrae, etc... and some intact teeth.  After the outlines are made, each fragment is extracted, foiled and noted on the map.  This information will be used by Chris to build some statistics on the types of bones and Permian animals found at this dig site.  We're about half done and have already extracted nearly 100 bone fragments.

 

Video by Tracy Jon Houpt

May 22, 2016

 

Three minute video of me prepping a Dimetrodon fin spine. (It's 12 times original speed).  What you don't see is me using a microscope to make sure I am removing soil vs fossils.  :)

 

Video by Tracy Jon Houpt