About the Fossil Lab
The Fossil Lab is a remarkably creative and inspiring space that is physically divided into a Research/Teaching Room, where prepared fossils are studied and lectures given to students, Collections Room, which houses fossils and recent specimens that comprise the University of Chicago Research Collection (UCRC), Fossil Preparation Room, which provides all of the equipment needed for cleaning small and very large fossils, Molding and Casting Room, where fossils are replicated and flesh models created, and a Bug Room, where a dermestid colony helps to clean the bones of recent animals for research and student projects.
Research From the Fossil Lab
- Fitzgerald, Erin. "A Tutorial on Time-Lapse Photography for Onlne Dissemination of Paleontological Science: Fossil Preparation, Skeletal Mounting, and Flesh Model Restoation as Examples." Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV. 1 November 2011. Conference Presentation.
- Keillor, Tyler, and Paul Sereno. "Fleshing Out a Fossil Find." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Vol. 31. 60 Revere Dr, STE 500, Northbrook, IL 60062 USA: Soc Vertebrate Paleontology, 2011.
- Keillor, Tyler. "Feathering Dinosaurs." Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Vol. 32. 60 Revere Dr, STE 500, Northbrook, IL 60062 USA: Soc Vertebrate Paleontology, 2012.
- Keillor, Tyler. "Jane, In the Flesh: The State of Life-Reconstruction in Paleoart". Parrish, J. Michael, et al., eds. Tyrannosaurid Paleobiology. Indiana University Press, 2013.
- Fitzgerald, Erin. "Fossil Vertebrate Reconstruction for Science and the Public." Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Unversity of Bristol, Bristol, England. 24 September 2009. Conference Presentation.
- Keillor, Tyler. Dinosaur Smiles: Correlating Premaxilla, Maxilla, and Dentary Foramina Counts with Extra-oral Structures in Amniotes and its Implications for Dinosaurs 2009
- Fitzgerald, Erin."Delicate Fossil Skulls from a Rich Holocene Site: Which Techniques Worked Best for Preparation, Display, and Transportation." Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. Renaissance Cleveland Hotel, Cleveland, OH. 16 October 2008. Conference Presentation.
- Keillor, Tyler. Challenge: How to Excavate, Prepare, Display and Transport Delicate Articulated Fossils Found in Unconsolidated Sand 2008
- Keillor, Tyler. Reconstructing a New Mesozoic Crocodile Skull Using Basic Techniques, Advanced Technology, and Artistic Finesse 2007
- Keillor, Tyler. Reconstructing Nigersaurus taqueti 2006
- Keillor, Tyler. Unsolved Mysteries: Sculpting the Soft Tissue Anatomy of a Tyrannosaur Bust 2005
- Keillor, Tyler. A Dinosaur Flesh Model Reconstruction: Reference Materials and Techniques 2004
- Keillor, Tyler. Novel Approaches to Skull Reconstructions 2003
- Keillor, Tyler. Paleontological Prosthesis 2002