Mar
17
2011

Making A Mammoth Part 3

Wire Mesh Forms the Base: Most of the time, fossils that paleontologists find are incomplete.  In this case, about half of the skull was missing.  In order to provide a better understanding of what the skull looked like, paleontologists reconstruct the missing portions based on other similar specimens.
Wire Mesh Forms the Base: Most of the time, fossils that paleontologists find are incomplete. In this case, about half of the skull was missing. In order to provide a better understanding of what the skull looked like, paleontologists reconstruct the missing portions based on other similar specimens.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Sculpting: Plaster and other materials are sculpted on to the wire base.
Sculpting: Plaster and other materials are sculpted on to the wire base.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Sculpting Foam: To recreate larger sections, foam pieces are sculpted.
Sculpting Foam: To recreate larger sections, foam pieces are sculpted.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Comparing the sides of the skull: Measurements for the reconstructed side are based on the preserved half of the skull.  The preparators try and make the skull as symmetrical as possible.
Comparing the sides of the skull: Measurements for the reconstructed side are based on the preserved half of the skull. The preparators try and make the skull as symmetrical as possible.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Finished Foam
Finished FoamCourtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Covering the foam: The foam is painted with grit to make it appear like a fossil.
Covering the foam: The foam is painted with grit to make it appear like a fossil.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Tusks: The actual tusks are too heavy for the skull to support.  Lightweight foam tusks were made and will be attached to the skull.
Tusks: The actual tusks are too heavy for the skull to support. Lightweight foam tusks were made and will be attached to the skull.Courtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Front of the Nearly Finsihed Skull
Front of the Nearly Finsihed SkullCourtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

Back of the Nearly Finished Skull
Back of the Nearly Finished SkullCourtesy Science Museum of Minnesota

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Anonymous says:

this is cool :D

posted on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 1:29pm

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