Post from FossilPhiles Student Evie 10th grade, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with history and dinosaurs. I never wanted to play with traditional”girl” toys like barbies, or Polly Pockets, I wanted to play with dinosaurs. Naturally, this love for dinosaurs manifested itself in an interest … More What’s it like working for the FossilPhiles? Part 5 of 5
Post from FossilPhiles student Lili 9th grade, Enloe Magnet High School My name is Lili Massoud, and I would like to share with you guys the benefits I have gotten from being a part of this program. When I first started I was very unsure of the program, and if this was something that I really … More What’s it like working for the FossilPhiles? Part 4 of 5
Post from FossilPhiles student Jack, 11th Grade, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy FossilPhiles has been very interesting, fun and even challenging. The most challenging part has to be documenting the very fine leg bones of small birds and reptiles. I say this because of all the positioning of the fossil that was required to take good … More What’s it like working for FossilPhiles? Part 3 of 5
Post from FossilPhiles student Katelyn, 10th Grade, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy The most challenging fossil I’ve worked on would be the ulna of a specimen we call Fortunate Son (a new species of plant-eating Dinosaur from Utah), primarily due to the fact that I broke it. It wasn’t a difficult piece in its shape … More What’s it like working for FossilPhiles? Part 2 of 5
This is the first in a series of posts by our FossilPhiles students about their experiences working in the lab. Post from FossilPhiles student Judith, 8th Grade, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy There was this one time where there were only four of us left in the PaleoLab when we had to figure out a … More What’s it like working for FossilPhiles? Part 1 of 5
Read guest contribution by FossilPhiles project technician Jacob Van Veldhuizen!
The Paleontology Research Lab at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences – the home of FossilPhiles – has glass walls facing the exhibits space. As we work, visitors to the museum can look in and see what actual scientists are doing on a daily basis. It can be distracting at times to look up and … More Life in a fishbowl – Science in the public eye
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, … More One part ingenuity, three parts cardboard.
What do armadillo tails, 230 million year old crocodylomorph skeletons, and crayfish in a jar have in common? They’re all part of the North Carolina Museum’s incredible collection of specimens, and they’re all tucked safely away in the museum’s underbelly for future generations of scientists and enthusiasts. Unfortunately, few of them ever make it onto … More Behind-The-Scenes