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FossilWorks

On long-term display at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

A volunteer preparator unearthing a Stegomastodon Skull found at Elephant Butte.

The process of extracting dinosaur fossils from the rock matrix that has encased them for millions of years is featured in FossilWorks.

In the FossilWorks open laboratory, trained volunteers demonstrate the painstaking process of paleontological preparation. The first dinosaur fossil prepared in FossilWorks was Seismosaurus, a New Mexico native from the Jurassic Period (150 million years old). These bones are now on display in the Jurassic Hall.

Besides the actual fossil preparation work, the exhibition features text and illustrations about fossilization, Jurassic Period dinosaurs, and preparation.

Also on exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

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The process of extracting dinosaur fossils from the rock matrix that has encased them for millions of years is featured in the FossilWorks exhibit at the Museum.
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