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Fossils: The Journey From Discovery To Display

by Caden Westover
by

Ellen Mack Westover

on 4 November 2013

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Transcript of Fossils: The Journey From Discovery To Display

Step : 2
Removing the rock
from the bones
Step 3:
Assembling the
bones
Putting the bones back together into whole dinosaurs can be a tricky process. Metal rods and wires are used to hold the bones together, so it seems the skeleton is standing. Sometimes they leave gaps where bones are missing or use artificial bones to complete it.
Step 1:
Collecting the fossils
Step 4:
How to preserve the fossils
Fossils bones that are used in exhibits are usually coated with shellac or varnish to help protect them from scratching and taking damage. Some other fossils are stored in a safe place and casts are used in their place to show what extinct animal looked like.
Fossils: The Journey From Discovery To Display
By Caden Westover

Removing the last bits of rock from the bones is an important step in the process of preserving the fossils. People use tools to file away and pick away the rock. They also soak the bones in a liquid that also dissolves rock.
Workers at fossil sites carefully remove the skeleton, bone by bone from the rock. Plaster is used to wrap each bone to prevent damage to the fossil. Each bone is carefully labeled and sent to a museum or university.
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