This is our field jacket storage room, nestled away in the basement of the museum. Although I didn’t count, I estimate there are around 100-200 jackets in here (the boxes are filled with small jackets and bags of small fossils). We have perhaps 200 more jackets stored in other locations in the museum and offsite.
Each of those large jackets will require 6-18 months of preparation time; that’s one reason we’re always looking for volunteers (as well as donations to help with glue, plaster, etc.). Clearly, we have our work cut out for us, but there are some exciting fossils waiting in this room. Fortunately, our new lab has made it dramatically easier to prepare all these fossils.
We’ve slowly been sorting through our Carmel Church finds from last week. Most of these won’t be prepared for some time, but some of the bagged material gets cleaned right away. One of the coolest specimens we collected was this gigantic fish vertebra, which Amy found last Thursday. I’m not sure what kind of fish this is, but it was a monster; at 8 cm in length, this vertebra is as long as some of the baleen whale vertebrae in our collection.