RAM Fossil Preparation

Gallery of Specimens and Lab Pictures
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  • PC170045rere Reconstruction of a... This four foot long fossil fish specimen was damaged while in shipment transit. This once beautiful specimen came out of the shipment container looking like a basket case and the owner was looking at the...
  • mold4 Fill A Natural... These pictures illustrate the technique of using the natural impression that a fossil can leave in the rock matrix. This Isotelus trilobite shown below is about 8 inches long and is from the George Stone...
  • d Reconstruction photos of... Reconstruction photos of a dinosaur caudal vertebra. Vertebra was accidentally dropped by the owner but owner collected all the broken pieces and sent them to Robert.Robert was able to reconstruct the anterior and posterior...
  • DSCN0750-res A rare fish... Sorbinichthys elusivo, rare fossil clupeomorph fish from the Cretaceous of Lebanon. Prepared for owner of private fish collection. Comparative pictures of same specimen showing before and after preparartion....
  • ws Slicing a dinosaur... Using the wet saw Robert cut a portion of bone off the distal end of a partial dinosaur femur. The cut-off portion was sliced into very thin sections which were then highly polished and used...
  • P1010004-res More Than Just... Robert was part of a team of preparators at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago who worked for two years preparing "SUE," the largest and most complete T. rex yet discovered. Preparation of...
  • P1010002-res Chicago’s tyrant lizard... SUE was unveiled at the Field Museum in 2000. Besides rapidly becoming a Chicago icon, the specimen has proven extremely valuable to research on tyrannosaur body size, growth rates, and locomotion....
  • magix Where the magic... An overview of the RAM fossil prep lab....
  • air_abrading Getting down to... The air-abrasion set-up, using a standard Wild Heerbrugg M6 microscope. Air-abrasion is used to prepare fish specimens from the Green River Fm. of Wyoming. This technique, if used carefully, can be used to lightly clean...
  • air_scribes Ready for their... The Leica Apochromatic S8 microscope that Robert uses for close-up, fine preparation. On the bench to the right of the microscope are the air scribes and pinvises used in fossil preparation....
  • P1010008res Ready to start... Robert A. Masek (President of RAM Fossil Preparation) getting ready to start on another fossil...
  • P8160053rere Multiple trilobite slab... Multiple trilobite slab called “Crossed Swords” from the collection of Janet Stone, prepared by Robert....

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