Behind the Scenes in a Dinosaur Fossil Laboratory

Paleontologists may use hammers and chisels to extract dinosaur fossils from the Earth, but once the fossils arrive in the lab, scientists turn to newer technology like CT scanning to unlock their mysteries. 

In this video, paleontology curator Roger Benson and museum specialist Carl Mehling take you behind the scenes in a fossil laboratory to demonstrate how scientists use technology and preparation techniques to describe dinosaur species, as well as other fossil organisms like plants and mammals. Watch to see some of the recent discoveries from the Museum’s expeditions to the American West and the Morrison Formation.

To see the process of paleontology in the field, watch this video about fossil excavation in Wyoming.