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Before and After Gallery

Gallery of Preparatory Work

Before and after photographs of specimens prepared for the JESBI project.


Click on a specimen number to see work undertaken by our preparator Lorie Barber. Lorie is a skilled technician who uses specialised tools to extract fossils from the surrounding rock.

 

 

Did you know...

Rubble!

Ron Pickford, who fought valiantly to save the collections, had to stop builders using mineral specimens as hardcore!

Curatorial Curiosities

Early reconstruction of a Labyrinthodon

Early reconstruction of a Labyrinthodont: This is mid-19th Century, 1:30 scale model, designed by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins to be reproduced life size for the grounds of Crystal Palace. This reconstruction assumed it leapt like a frog and was based only on fragments of jaw and teeth. The Labyrinthodontia are a diverse subclass of amphibians, common between about 390 to 210 million years ago. They evolved to fill many adaptive niches occupied by mammals and reptiles today.