One part ingenuity, three parts cardboard.

We are a paleontology lab, not a professional photo studio. That means that we don’t have all of the necessary equipment just lying around. But instead of going out and buying expensive gear, we’ve come up with a few creative low-cost solutions.

We didn’t have a turntable big enough for some of our larger fossils, so we made our own out of an office chair with the back removed, some sandbags, and a specimen tray. We also didn’t have a lightbox on hand, so we made one using printer paper and a cardboard box.

Lili cuts open a window in the lid of the lightbox to let the light shine in.
Judith photographs the femur of an ancient crocodile relative from NC.

It may not look pretty, but it gets the job done.


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