Low-tech tools

SUMMARY: Peter Fenton, technician at the Royal Ontario Museum, displays some of the equipment used by paleontologists to find fossils in the Burgess Shale area. (1:02)

table displaying various tools, including chisels, hammers and a safety helmet
DESCRIPTION: table displaying various tools, including chisels, hammers and a safety helmet

"This is just a very small selection of some of the equipment we would use when we're collecting. Some of it is more related to safety."

workers wearing helmets
DESCRIPTION: workers wearing helmets

"We have climbing helmets because we are working near rock faces and it's not uncommon for just rocks to tumble down on us."

hammering rocks
DESCRIPTION: hammering rocks

"Work gloves and safety goggles, because you are hammering away on rocks. Little chips do fly."

Fenton talking to camera
DESCRIPTION: Fenton talking to camera

"I've got more scars on my hands from whacking them with hammers from before we started using gloves that I really appreciate a good, sturdy work glove."

workers hiking with hiking poles
DESCRIPTION: workers hiking with hiking poles

"When we're hiking into the areas we will often use hiking poles, which just make the ascent and descent, with backpacks literally loaded with rock, hiking poles do make it easier."

hammering, chiseling rocks
DESCRIPTION: hammering, chiseling rocks

"The actual hard and heavy work is done using equipment like geological hammers and splitting chisels."

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