For more than a year we’ve been slowly preparing a large diplodocid scapulocoracoid from Wyoming. We’ve finally completed one side of this specimen (above). In the next week or so, we’ll make a permanent storage jacket for this side of the bone, then flip it over and remove the other side of the field jacket. That will allow us to prepare the other side.
This is an unusually long time to be working on a single bone. This has been a fairly low priority for me since I’m not trying to complete this specimen for a paper. Moreover, it’s been nice having this bone in the lab window for visitors to see. It’s a huge specimen, and probably came from an animal approaching 90 feet in length (which is the length of our main exhibit hall). Even so, I don’t expect to spend such a long time on the other side. We’re getting a big backlog of jackets in the basement, so we’re going to have to move some dinosaurs through the lab over the next few months.