Jacket Pulling Day

The best and worst part of packaging up a carefully excavated block of dinosaur bones is knowing that the fossils are protected and ready for transport back to the museum.  It’s a great feeling to know that these specimens are ready for preparation and study after weeks of digging and a dreadful anticipation knowing that you have to get them back to camp to load into the field vehicles before that can happen.  Today we assembled a team to pull a 500 lb block of juvenile Eolambia bones (skull, pelvis, hindlimb, vertebrae) from Suicide Hill, up a mudstone hill, a sandstone cliff, and back to camp.  All in all things went smoothly and we’ll be happy to see this one opened up in the prep lab.  If you’re around, come watch it being prepared in the Paleontology Research Lab at the NRC.

Preparing the jacket of bones for transport.
Preparing the jacket of bones for transport.
Jacket pulling team, all smiles BEFORE the big pull.
Jacket pulling team, all smiles BEFORE the big pull.

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