Storage Drawers

Lane Cabinets like the one depicted here are used for storing many of the bones.

To open and close the drawer, run your mouse over it. This will cause it to open so that you can see the bones contained inside.The cabinets are stacked two high in long rows. Each cabinet can accommodate up to 16 steel drawers, depending on the height of the specimens. Typically, with dinosaur bones, we average 5 or 6 drawers per cabinet. The picture below shows part of one row of cabinets.  The numbers on the doors correspond to the first part of the location number in the collection.

The bones themselves are in drawers within the cabinets. The drawers are labeled with letters as seen below in a picture of one of the drawers, in this case, labeled “C”.

If the Museum On-line Catalog tells us that a bone is located in 18C, we can quickly find the correct location of the bone in the collection. This facilitates access by scientists that might want to study a particular specimen. The bones in the main HRS (Hanson Research Station) Collection are grouped anatomically. The bones in Drawer C of Cabinet 18 are all vertebrae, the bones that make up the backbone of the animal. At present, the vertebrae are contained in cabinets 15 through 22. This aids in the comparative study of the specimens.Return to Study