Equipment

SUMMARY: Peter Fenton, technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, presents some of the camping equipment and supplies used by paleontologists when they are working in the field. (1:48)

Palaeontologists in field, looking for fossils
DESCRIPTION: Palaeontologists in field, looking for fossils

"The equipment we use is dependent on exactly what we're going to do. If we're just going to be doing reconnaissance work, we don't need a lot of heavy equipment because the best equipment we have is our eyes, because you're just looking for traces of something."

GPS (Global Positioning System) device
DESCRIPTION: GPS (Global Positioning System) device

"If you do find something in a new locality, mark it on a map, mark it with a GPS, which is a global positioning system, but it will actually mark the coordinates so you can actually find where you were."

Peter Fenton, talking to camera
DESCRIPTION: Peter Fenton, talking to camera

"For reconnaissance work you don't need a lot of equipment. If you're doing an excavation, you're basically flying in a small town."

Setting out equipment for expedition
DESCRIPTION: Setting out equipment for expedition

"Everything you're going to need has to go with you. And a lot of it is very similar to what you use for a family camping trip."

shows tent, sleeping bag, backpack, cooking equipment
DESCRIPTION: shows tent, sleeping bag, backpack, cooking equipment

"Tents, sleeping bags … the tinier the piece of equipment the better. Rather than huge sleeping bags, we try to take in nice small stuff. Backpacks of all sizes. This is just a small daypack we'd normally use. We have to take in all of our cooking equipment. Stoves, pots, pans. Anything like that has to be taken in with you. And all supplies."

Fossil workers in field, taking a meal break
DESCRIPTION: Fossil workers in field, taking a meal break

"Food, drinking water has to be flown in 2008, which was our last field trip out to Stanley Glacier."

Helicopter landing at Stanley glacier, unloading equipment
DESCRIPTION: Helicopter landing at Stanley glacier, unloading equipment

"For those five people we packed up probably about 350kg of equipment here."

Fenton packs equipment into aluminum trunk, shuts lid
DESCRIPTION: Fenton packs equipment into aluminum trunk, shuts lid

"So everything gets packed up in an aluminum trunk like this. Everything gets put in there. All of our camping equipment, all of our collecting equipment, anything we don't want to just buy when we get out there. So everything gets packed up, shipped out by truck to where we are actually based."

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