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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...

Ever heard of Nelson's Brandy?

Deathly souvenirs are amongst our collections. We have a small bottle of brandy which allegedly is a sample from the liquor Nelson's body was pickled in after the battle of Trafalgar.

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.