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.

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Lili cuts open a window in the lid of the lightbox to let the light shine in.
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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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