One sand-grain at a Time

One sand-grain at a time: fossil preparation under the microscope

J.P. Cavigelli
Casper College, WY

Despite the popularity of charismatic megafauna fossils, many vertebrate (and invertebrate) fossils are actually quite small and need to be prepared with the aid of a microscope. Many of the techniques used for both field collecting and preparation of large fossils can be modified to be used under the microscope, but there are also many tools and techniques that are useful for microscope work. This talk will outline some tools, techniques and products found to be useful in microprep of fossils. From the microscope to needles, glues, air-abrasives and carbowax, and more.

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Last updated: March 16, 2018

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