Fossil packing

SUMMARY: Peter Fenton, technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, demonstrates how a newly-discovered fossil is packed and protected for the journey back to the Royal Ontario Museum. (:54)

wrapping fossils in sheets of newspaper
DESCRIPTION: wrapping fossils in sheets of newspaper

"We very simply take a fossil, and just give it a protective wrapping of paper, keeping part and counterpart together, but not touching. You really have to make sure you don't let any fossil surface come in contact with a rock because it can abrade very simply, just like sandpaper grinding down on that."

putting wrapped fossils into cloth bags, writing notes on the bag
DESCRIPTION: putting wrapped fossils into cloth bags, writing notes on the bag

"Anyway, we just very simply wrap it up and then once it's wrapped we just put it into a cloth bag, a cloth sample bag, and you can usually fit several specimens in one bag. And we'll mark on the outside of the bag just what it is, and then as we are accumulating these, "

Fenton puts bag containing fossils into large metal can
DESCRIPTION: Fenton puts bag containing fossils into large metal can

"we will then start filling metal shipping cans and these just all go nest inside the shipping can for their return back to Toronto."

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