Ultimately the goal of the Dinosaur Research Project is to obtain more data about these remarkable creatures so that we can better understand their lives, behaviors and the ultimate cause of their demise. Thus, the study of these dinosaur bones is of great importance. In the curation process, great care is taken to assure that the specimens remain easy to study and that the data associated with each specimen remain accurate and complete. To explore the curation process click on “Curation Process” in the menu at upper left.
When the preparation of a bone is finished, the bone is transferred to the Museum Repository. In the Repository, the bone is photographed, a 3-D Virtual Reality(VR) movie of the bone is generated, and the bone is identified and assigned a location in the collections.
An important next step is the identification of the type of bone (rib, vertebra, or perhaps something exotic like an ectopterygoid) and the taxon (type of dinosaur to which the bone belonged) by a qualified paleontologist. This information along with information on the quarry from which the bone was excavated, the date of excavation, the excavator, the page in the field book with the description, the length, width and thickness of the specimen, the preparator’s name, notes and date of preparation are recorded in the Museum On-line Database along with the location of the specimen in the collections.The photographs and the 3DVR movie of the bone and other relevant data are also entered. The specimen is then placed in the proper location in the collection. An example of a Museum Specimen Data Page is shown above. This particular specimen is a maxilla (upper jaw) of a little-known taxon of tyrannosaurid,Nanotyrannus lancensis.
At this point the bone has completed its journey from Upper Cretaceous rock to a drawer in the collections, where by Museum policy, it will remain accessible for study by scientists and other qualified individuals.
LEARN MORE: To visualize the Curators workroom in a 360 degree VR image, select “Explore Repository” on the menu on the left-hand side.
LEARN MORE:To see more of the process of 3D bone movie creation, select “Rotating Table“.
LEARN MORE:The process of storage requires several steps which are described as you select “Storage Drawers“.
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