So in last weeks excavation we found and exposed more of the turtles shell! Another exciting find with this is the possibility of a plastron, the underside of the turtle shell that is a bit like a breastplate! A femur or humerus may also be present, but the sediment covering it and my lack in experience with turtles leaves it up to question for now. Let me know what you think of the fossil and if there is anything else you want to see from the lab!
Back in the lab again this week with Several volunteers. Work began again on the fossil turtle, which has produced a shell! So far the shell looks fairly complete, and is the outline of it can be seen in the pictures below. A limb element seems to be sitting on top of the mass, so there is hope for more bone in there as well. This is the first turtle I have worked on and it’s really starting to get exciting! If you have any questions, comment below!
Hello again everyone!
With the fall semester at the university of Alberta in full swing, the paleontological society on campus has once again started up it’s volunteer prep program! This program allows anyone with an interest in paleontology to come in and work on fossils that were collected in the previous season.
No experience is necessary and we have volunteers from a variety of backgrounds. This year they are working on Edmontosaurus material from the Edmonton, Alberta area.
The first picture below is just a sample of how many projects are being worked on by the volunteers. The second is of a vertebra being works on by one of the volunteers!
This is an amazing program for anyone interested in the science and preparation of dinosaurs. If you would like more information, let us know. A link to their Facebook group will be posted shortly.