So would you like to see some of the fossils in my personal collection? I actually don't have that many. All of the fossils I'm about to show you I obtained when I was in New Mexico this past summer, working with the Mesalands Dinosaur Museum. Don't worry! I had permission from the museum to keep each one of these.
First up are three Redondasaurus teeth.
When alive the animal that these teeth belonged to looked something like this.
|Redondasaurus life reconstruction by Christopher DiPiazza.|
Here is a section of armor plating from the aetosaur, Typothorax.
|Typothorax life reconstruction by Christopher DiPiazza.|
Finally, check out this piece of bone! It was split and you can actually see that it is hollow on the inside! This means that it had to have come from a dinosaur like Coelophysis or possibly a poposauroid, like Shuvosaurus.
|White material is bone. You can see the hollow cavity which is filled in with brown rock on the inside.|
Some fossils are impossible to completely get out of the rock because they are just so delicate. That was the case with this one. I actually tried to get as much rock off of it as I could until I noticed that little pieces of the bone were starting to flake off as well. I then covered it in a light layer of thin glue and left it as is. I think it has a nice little stand this way anyway.
|Outside of the bone.|
Happy Fossil Day!