Graham MR. (2017) The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the neotype specimen of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622298
Title:
Graham MR. (2017) The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the neotype specimen of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus
Authors:
Graham, M ( 0000-0002-1852-9709 )
Abstract:
In March 2017 the neotype specimen of the Early Jurassic South African prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus was appraised and condition reported at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, in readiness for remedial conservation and re-storage. The work was necessitated by deterioration of the specimen, which was caused by handling over a number of years and an inadequate and failing support mount. Formally numbered BP/1/4934, but more affectionately known to staff as ‘Big Momma’, the specimen was contained within several individual blocks on flimsy support bases and presented various conservation challenges.These included treatment of fractures and cracking across several surfaces of the fossil and the production of clam shell supports to allow for articulated display within the constraints of an existing display cabinet. Part of the brief was to facilitate safer handling and access for researchers. This project was led by the author who also trained the curatorial and preparation staff at WITS in the methods and techniques employed. The visit was funded by the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST), the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences and The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).
Citation:
Graham MR. (2017) The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the neotype specimen of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus . PeerJ Preprints 5:e3130v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.3130v1
Publisher:
PeerJ Inc.
Journal:
PeerJ
Issue date:
9-Aug-2017
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10141/622298
DOI:
10.7287/peerj.preprints.3130v1
Submitted date:
2017-06-06
Type:
Journal Article
Item Description:
©2012-2017 PeerJ, Inc. Public user content licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise specified. NOT PEER-REVIEWED. "PeerJ Preprints" is a venue for early communication or feedback before peer review. Data may be preliminary. The attached paper is the published version.
Subject Terms:
Massospondylus carinatus; Jurassic; prosauropod dinosaur; South Africa
ISSN:
2167-9843
EISSN:
2167-9843
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Core research labs and consulting

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dc.contributor.authorGraham, Men
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-06T15:28:05Z-
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dc.date.issued2017-08-09en_US
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dc.identifier.citationGraham MR. (2017) The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the neotype specimen of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus . PeerJ Preprints 5:e3130v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.3130v1en
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dc.description.abstractIn March 2017 the neotype specimen of the Early Jurassic South African prosauropod dinosaur Massospondylus carinatus was appraised and condition reported at the Evolutionary Studies Institute, University of the Witwatersrand (WITS), Johannesburg, in readiness for remedial conservation and re-storage. The work was necessitated by deterioration of the specimen, which was caused by handling over a number of years and an inadequate and failing support mount. Formally numbered BP/1/4934, but more affectionately known to staff as ‘Big Momma’, the specimen was contained within several individual blocks on flimsy support bases and presented various conservation challenges.These included treatment of fractures and cracking across several surfaces of the fossil and the production of clam shell supports to allow for articulated display within the constraints of an existing display cabinet. Part of the brief was to facilitate safer handling and access for researchers. This project was led by the author who also trained the curatorial and preparation staff at WITS in the methods and techniques employed. The visit was funded by the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST), the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences and The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS).en_US
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dc.titleGraham MR. (2017) The remedial conservation and support jacketing of the neotype specimen of the dinosaur Massospondylus carinatusen_US
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dc.description.nhm©2012-2017 PeerJ, Inc. Public user content licensed CC BY 4.0 unless otherwise specified. NOT PEER-REVIEWED. "PeerJ Preprints" is a venue for early communication or feedback before peer review. Data may be preliminary. The attached paper is the published version.en
dc.subject.nhmMassospondylus carinatusen
dc.subject.nhmJurassicen
dc.subject.nhmprosauropod dinosauren
dc.subject.nhmSouth Africaen
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