|An Archeopteryx is thought to be an intermediate |
between modern birds and predatory dinosaurs.
So what can only be found in Berlin Germany, London England and Thermopolis, Wyoming? Give up? Why a fossil of an Archeopteryx of course.
A few weeks ago we (LKT's mom and dad) spent an amazing week at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center in Thermopolis, a town of 3500 people in the middle of Wyoming, with a Road Scholar program learning how to prepare dinosaur bones.
We spent hours and hours hunched over a camarasaurus femur using toothbrushes, water and dental picks to remove mud then transitioned to small hand held jack hammer like tools to deal with the rock or matrix that still surrounded parts of the bone. This was followed by an application of an epoxy to repair and stabilize thin or broken parts.
|Dinosaur femur pre-cleaning|
|LKT's father engaged in femur cleaning. They paid to do this!|
We got to see the bones for a Stegasaurus already prepared and laid out ready to assemble as well as how foam casts are used for missing parts or parts too heavy to mount (see below). The hours, days and years necessary for preparing the final displays we see in the museums are many and speak to a dedication on the part of some pretty special folks. We were delighted to be a part of this for a short time.
|Foam casts of bones|
More photos from the exhibits at the Dinosaur Museum below:
|Awww...mama and baby dinosaurs--how cute!|
|The Dinosaur Museum in Thermopolis, WY|