Last week my supervisors and I successfully sawed off a fossil vertebrae-bearing portion of a large concretion. Because we were concerned about the stability of the vertebra undergoing further rock sawing, we've sunk the bone rich end of the concretion into resin. Today's the big day: will the vertebra survive the rock saw? Will we see significant changes in cement composition in the vertebra versus the surrounding rock? And will a long dead ornithopod come back to haunt me for hacking its spine in two? Find out in Part 2: Jeez I hope this works!
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Dr Caitlin Syme is a palaeontologist studying the taphonomy (preservation state) of fossil non-avian dinosaurs, crocodiles and fish from the Winton Formation, Queensland, Australia. Think forensic science or CSI for fossils, and you're on the right track!
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