The Whiteside Museum

Of Natural History

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Seymour, Texas

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

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