Drawing specimens

SUMMARY: Jean-Bernard Caron, Curator of invertebrate Palaeontology at the Royal Ontario Museum, describes the camera lucida equipment used to make drawings of fossils. (1:09)

Caron describes the camera lucida
DESCRIPTION: Caron describes the camera lucida

"So I'm using this stereo microscope equipped with a camera lucida, which is basically a drawing tube with a mirror, in order to draw the specimens through the microscope. So I'm looking at the specimen here, I light the area where I'm interested to draw, and I'm going to draw it on this side."

View of the fossil
DESCRIPTION: View of the fossil

"So when I look through the lenses, I can see both the specimen and my hand and the pencil. Camera lucida drawings are interpretive drawings."

View of the drawing
DESCRIPTION: View of the drawing

"Those are drawings that basically correspond to an analysis of what's on the slab of rock of a fossil and is an interpretation of how the different parts fit on top of each other. A photograph of a fossil will obviously be silent, and it is only through the interpretation of the worker that we are able to put the different parts together."

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