Peeking through the bushes, spotting their prey, stalking, trailing, and then leaping viciously onto...a rock? Okay so these people don't really hunt fossils, but they do a great job of finding them. Today's video is about fossil hunters.
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The fossil hunter!! [Boy staring at a fossil]
Okay…maybe it's not the most exciting of all the hunters, but it has its moments!
A fossil hunter's goal is to, well …find…fossils.
Okay so it's not so much hunting as it is locating, but that's the word they're going with. [Person staring at fossil and fossil explodes]
Fossil locater just doesn't have the same air of mystery…
And realistically, whether it's dinosaur bones, an entire skeleton, or any other sort of evidence
of life from long, long ago, they're interested in finding it.
Fossil hunters come from all walks of life, and don't even need to be professionally-trained. [Fossil hunters together in a room]
Pick up a shovel, smear on the sunscreen, head out into the wilderness, and boom!
Instant fossil hunter!
Of course, it would help to have a general understanding of where you might want to look. [Girl reading a fossil hunting book]
Your parents' backyard probably isn't the best place to start…and they'll probably
be mad if you dig up the lawn. [Girl digs up lawn and parents appear]
Instead you should probably do a little research into dig sites and places you might be allowed
Then you can get a-shovelin'.
No guarantees you'll actually find anything, but hey, at least it's good exercise! [Girl digs into the ground]
Once a fossil hunter actually does find a fossil, the first thing that must be done
is to determine whether or not the fossil really is, in fact, a fossil. [Person uses magnifying glass to inspect a fossil]
And that means calling in a true expert––a paleontologist – that's a scientist that
The reason it's important to do this first is because a lot of the time, what looks to
be a fossil might just be a rock, or a really old baseball, or some weird paper-machie project
that got covered in a bunch of dirt and twigs. [Papermache project with dirt and twigs in a lab]
But if it is a real fossil, a paleontologist will know how to proceed next.
They'll probably call in special diggers called excavators, complete with special digging
tools, to carefully remove the fossils without harming them. [Coop discussing excavators]
And depending on the size of the fossil – y'know, if it's a complete T-Rex skeleton or something
– this could take a pretty long time. [Sloths digging up fossils and man waits]
Once a fossil is completely dug up, it must be carefully moved to a museum to be studied.
Naturally, bones that are millions of years old tend be pretty fragile, so things can [Man carrying a box of dinosaur bones]
get pretty tense while they're being moved around.
Once the bones are safely at the museum, they're handed over to experts who assemble them as
best they can in order to make them look like they were originally arranged. [Man assembles bones together]
In the case of a complete dinosaur skeleton, it can look pretty impressive.
And in the case of a just a single stray bone, well, it looks a little bit less impressive,
but we're sure your dog will appreciate it! [Dog snatches a bone from museum]