Yale Peabody Museum Gallery Talk

What Do Fossil Preparators Really Do?

Marilyn Fox

Fossil Preparator, Yale Peabody Museum Division of Vertebrate Paleontology


Thursday, February 15, 4:00 pm

David Friend Hall, Yale Peabody Museum


In the Yale Peabody Museum's Great Hall of Dinosaurs and Hall of Mammalian Evolution, skeletons of fossil animals, large and small, are on display. All of these were prepared by fossil preparators, carefully freed from the enclosing rock in which they were found and made available for research or display. The work of fossil preparators doesn’t end there - they work closely with researchers, faculty and students, and study the best ways to expose and preserve the information hidden within the specimen. Often they work on tiny specimens with a microscope, using the smallest of tools. Take a peek inside the world of the fossil preparator.


Refreshments to follow. Free admission.