Tools of the Trade
Here are the various tools you'll find at a prep station.
The micro-jack The flex shaft grinder
A scaler Various tools Pin vice, dental pick, tooth brushes
Ways to Prep
Panda skull in a jacket.
Shayleigh working on mastodon skull
Davis doing micro prep under a microscope
Morgan putting pieces together from a tray
Shawn's (Almost) Famous Passive/Aggressive Scales
This week’s episode we talk a lot about the weather and some of the obstacles they bring. We have several pictures to help better explain some of the challenges.
Storm Damage 2016
Cold Temperatures and Ice
Water, Water, Everywhere!
Dry Season and Cracking
#9 Baby Tapir
#8 The Iron Butterfly
#6 Stay Puft
#5 The Wedding Cake
#4 The Mummy
#3 The Space Jockey
#2 King Tusk
#1 Quintin in Carbonite (shown Shawn in pallet)
In this week's episode we talk about some of our favorite pits and how we name them (officially and unofficially). Do you have a favorite name of a Gray Fossil Site pit?
During some of the episodes we discuss surface collecting, as a way that we decide where to start a test pit. Here you can see Shawn and Brian looking for fossils that may have been uncovered, and Grant enjoying the weather!
One of the pits we mentioned we call the Blackberry Pit because of one of the crews favorite lunchtime hobbies, blackberry picking.
This is what the Gator Pit looks like this year, and the Blackberry Pit is under the white carport.
And of course the Rhino Pit, you can see how it has changed with the most recent picture to the left to it's beginning on the right.
Everyone's favorite pit, the Mulch Pit. At least it looks pretty.
This is a TDOT photo of the stair steps they dug, and where we originally dug for the mastodont. TP1-2007 was opened at the bottom of this stair step.
And the current Mastodon Pit, where you can currently see students, workers, and volunteers digging up one of our Mastodonts.
Sorry for the delay folks, we had to dig up some photos from the field! In this week's episode we introduce you to the field methods we use here, at the Gray Fossil Site, to excavate the fossils.
As you go through the pictures you'll see some of the tools that we use: trowel, 5-gallon buckets, play mats, brooms/dust pans, etc.
Here is a good example of the transition between the orange layer and the black layer (where the fossils are usually found).
Sometimes the clay is dried out and cracking so we have to water it down, other times it's flooded and needs to be drained.
Keeping the pits neat and tidy. You can see the orange flags indicating the boundaries of each square, and the yellow bags hold the sediment for the squares they are laid in.
Brian ready to survey any fossil found!
How many people can fit in a pit, you ask?
As many as it takes!
That's all for this week, remember to check back next week for Episode 10: Enter the Pit.