2015 Fossil Preparation Courses
In the past, JRDI participants have enjoyed “Lab Day”, a single day where they could relax and work on the fossils they helped find. Their feedback for more lab time inspired us to offer for the first time, a 4-day fossil preparation course in the off-season at the Dino Lab facilities here in Billings MT ! To our knowledge, we haven’t seen a program like this offered anywhere!
2015 Fossil Preparation Course Dates :
January 20th – 23rd. Full
February 17th – 20th. 75% full.
March 17th -20th. 50% full.
Fossil Preparation courses are rarely a part of college curricula today yet is an essential hands-on tool for curation and display of important scientific specimens whether vertebrate or invertebrate. This course is to provide that hands-on experience to lay people or professionals alike.
Note to Parents
If you have a child who wants to attend a course, we have hosted many middle and high school kids and these programs have produced over a dozen students who are now involved in
paleontological careers. It is not necessary for a parent or guardian to attend. We’ve handled minors for years and have parent references upon request. However, minimum age for kids is 14. Sorry, we cannot make an exception no matter how mature the child due to insurance liability requirements.
Students will practice the following techniques
- Jacket removal
- Purpose and use of consolidants and adhesives
- Use of hand tools in preparation techniques
- Mechanical matrix removal with rotaries and pneumatics
- Microblasting and media use
- Reconstruction techniques
- Finishing for long term curation
- Introduction to curation science
32 hours (4 days from Tuesday to Friday)
Dino Laboratories in Billings, Montana (students are responsible for travel to and from and lodging)
$895.00. Includes instruction and supplies. Students will prepare dinosaur bones from a scientifically important specimen, but will be allowed to prepare and keep small pieces not a part of the current project. Students may bring their own fossils to prepare as well.
Destination: Billings, Montana. Participants fly into Logan International Airport (served by Delta, United, and Northwest Airlines) on the Monday before. Airfare, lodging and all travel expenses to and from Billings are the participant’s responsibility. Our group meets at the Boothill Inn (1-866-BOOTHIL) at 9:00 am on Tuesday.
For More Information on space availability and registration: please call 406-696-5842 or email us