Mechanical Preparation

The P.R.P.R.C. has several preparation projects underway. One of the most significant projects is the mechanical preparation of the fossil skeletal material from last summer's dinosaur excavation near Tumbler Ridge. Some of the skeletal material needs to have glue removed that was applied at the excavation site (to stabilize the bone) before it can be mechanically prepared. Some specimens are being carefully prepared with manual chisels and needles while others need the use of air tools.

Palaeontologist Lisa Buckley preparing a meat-eating dinosaur tooth from the summer 2003 dinosaur excavation near Tumbler Ridge


Lisa Buckley (background) and colleague Lisa Budney from the University of Alberta cleaning and prepping dinosaur bones


Some fossils are very small.