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Vertebrate Paleontology Preparation Laboratory

The Division of Vertebrate Paleontology’s Preparation Laboratory is the place where all fossil bones come to be “prepared” — that is, where the stony matrix in which the bones are embedded is removed — to make the information hidden within available for scientific research or for public display.

The Lab is always busily engaged in ongoing research by scientists at the Yale Peabody Museum, in working with vertebrate paleontology students from Yale’s Department of Geology and Geophysics, and in making molds and casts of our fossils to share with researchers in other museums. We are also involved in the Division’s fieldwork.


Fossil Preparation Projects:


Peabody discovers a Poposaur

Conservation of Marsh’s Dinosaurs

Conservation of the Princeton Collection