TedX CharelstonOctober ; Dr. Collectors, whether amateur or professional, have to collect as much contextual information as their expertise allows. When this happens, researchers will reinforce the bone with a thin glue or resin. Science on Tap PhiladelphiaMay ; Dr. For private landowners, a letter of permission may be sufficient, but for most other groups or organizations a formal permit will be required, which will specify what material can be collected and where it will ultimately be housed. This is particularly important when collecting in another country Make sure that you have all the relevant permissions in place from local, state, and national authorities, and from any private landowners.
Utilizing new techniques to look at old bones.
How Fossils Work
Fauna of the Bighorn Basin. In order to become a fossil, an organism has to die in an environment that encourages fossilization. The first, and most important, is that all fossil collecting, whether on public or private lands, requires you to obtain the proper permission. This website is not a resource for excavation techniques, but there are many useful resources available on the internet see links below. Paleontology for Life-Long Learners. In general, collection of fossils on public lands is only allowable if the fossils will be in a public repository. Hear from our Crew Members.