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Dino-chores at HMNS


September 23, 2016
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The last three evenings have been spent doing a dinosaur cleaning. Three times a year staff and volunteers give up a few of their evenings to dust the mounts in the Hall of Paleontology. We clean the mounts using a variety of tools ranging from low tech dust clothes and soft brushes to pretty fancy vacuums and air guns. We give everything a thorough inspection.

It’s not all that different from dusting your home. Excepting that a fair amount of the work takes place high above the cement floor maneuvering a multi ton hydraulic lift in and around delicate bones. In some places the clearance between exhibits is just a few inches. Paleo volunteers regularly help with the task.

Our digging volunteer crew is adept at this and I completely trust them,the quarry skills involved in chipping rock away from bones and being able to account for your hands and feet naturally translate to dusting the mounts when they are out of the rock as well.
Another benefit is to see the exhibits and specimens from an entirely alien perspective.

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Authored By David Temple

David is the Museum’s associate curator of paleontology. In addition to running the Museum’s dig program in Seymour, TX and curating exhibits, he’s also unofficial head of The Department of Mysteries, a shadow wing of HMNS that deals with strange goo, unusual fossils, mysterious substances or any other unknown object you'd like to know what to do with.

2 responses to “Dino-chores at HMNS”

  1. Trish says:

    Hey David, It would be fun to go to an event to see what’s in your “Dept. of Myteries!”

  2. D. Porter Temple says:

    I’ve wanted to start documenting these things, but it’s a little awkward as some of these people are crazy, some harmless, some less so. Some are well intentioned, but in talking about it I wouldn’t want to appear to make fun of them. Lot of incidents, dowsing, claims of remote sensing, multiple examples of alien technology, living trilobites, (turned out they were parasitic, commensalistic, or even mutualistic? living inside the person anyway.) Dinosaur souls percolating through the soil and influencing the growth pattern of trees, future seeing Native Americans that foretold the inauguration of Bill Clinton thousands of years ago, Virgin of Guadeloupe rocks and leaves, Dinosaurs living in the woods around Conroe, (turns out that guy was actually correct mostly) and more, living things on occasion, you know- stuff. Soo many memories. I tend to get these calls/visitors. Sometimes, every now and then, somebody shows up with something stunning, first to mind is a megalodon tooth that had been modified by Native Americans as a knife/scraper. It’s a part of the job I really like and a real “rubber meets the road” way for the Museum to interact with the public.

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