"At the MOR fossil material is embedded in resin, sectioned with diamond-bladed saws, mounted onto glass slides, and ground and polished until thin enough for light to reveal the exquisitely preserved microscopic structure. -ET Lamm" Read more about our methods in:
1. OBTAIN SPECIMEN
Carefully extracting a sample from a dinosaur on display.
2. SPECIMEN PREPARATION
Molding the specimen to produce a cast to replace or restore the original fossil.
Vacuum embedding the specimen in plastic resin.
Trimming the block and cut thin wafers of embedded bone using a diamond-edged blade on a tile saw.
Mounting a thin cut wafer of embedded bone onto a frosted glass slide with epoxy glue.
6. GRINDING AND POLISHING
Following rough grinding - using fine grain aluminum oxide to polish all scratches out of a mounted section.
Ellen-T. Lamm using a polarized-light microscope to examine a thin-section slide at Hooke College of Applied Sciences in Westmont, Illinois.