Making a storage jacket

Our Stegosaurus shin (tibia and fibula) has progressed to the point that it’s ready for a storage jacket (the bone is too weak to support its own weight.) In the video above, VMNH volunteer Ruth Decker Chaney and interns Bronwyn Hairston and Whitney Armstrong assist in making the first half of a fiberglass jacket.

Typically we only make storage jackets for large, fragile bones. The completed jacket will enable us to turn the bones over to study them from both sides without breaking them.

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