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Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, baby…

While in Philadelphia, I stopped by the Academy of Natural Sciences, to check out their Hall of Dinosaurs, and I lucked out!

Josh and a triceratops skull fossil in Philadelphia.

Not only did they have this excellent triceratops skull (it’s as big as me!), but in the fossil prep lab off to the side of the Hall, museum staff were working on cleaning and assembling triceratops fossils!

More photos (click to enlarge):

Fossil Lab in the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.Diagram of the fossil sections being worked on.Triceratops jaw fossil, among others.

Pieces of a triceratops fossil at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.Tools for cleaning fossils at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia.Triceratops figurine at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

I spoke with the nice paleontologist lady in the fossil lab for a while (you can see her arms working on a cast of a big fossil in the first thumbnail photo, above), and she encouraged me to volunteer to help out with the fossil prep. When I told her I lived in a different city, she said some of their volunteers only come in once a month… don’t tempt me!

I wonder if the Museum of Natural History has a similar gig…