If You Show a Paleontologist a Dinosaur Bone...
If you show a paleontologist a dinosaur bone, they will ask you where you found it.
When you show them, they will want to take a closer look, so they will ask you to help them brush it off.
When they get a closer look, they might discover that the bone goes into the rock.
They’ll ask you to grab the toolbox from the truck…on top of the hill.
By the time you get back, the paleontologist might have gotten carried away and dug up most of the bone with a dental pick. They’ll ask you to go back to the truck for some glue to fix the broken pieces.
While they’re gluing the bone back together, they will ask you to mark the dinosaur bone on a map and take plenty of pictures.
You may point out that there is a lot of rock on top of the bone.
The paleontologist will grab a shovel and start removing the rock. You will get to hold the bucket.
After the rock is cleared away, you and the paleontologist will spend hours picking away the last layer of rock.
And if you do, you might find a left leg, and then a right leg…
Then the hips…
Then a rib cage…
Finding the ribs will make the paleontologist hungry, so they’ll want to stop and eat lunch.
After lunch, you keep peeling away rock. You might even find a skull!
Before you know it, you’ve found an entire dinosaur!
And when the day is done, and you’re sore and tired, the paleontologist will ask you to bring the toolbox back to the truck on top of the hill. And while you’re walking you just might find a dinosaur bone.
And if you find a dinosaur bone, you just might be tempted to show a paleontologist.
All of the above photos were taken during TMDC's public dig programs. For your chance to see what happens when you show a paleontologist a dinosaur bone, hop on over to www.tmdinosaurcenter.org/dig-programs.