|Hey look, a fossil! Toes for scale.|
|Scales in the field|
The gar was just laying there in the flats. The scales caught my eye first, then I noticed the vertebrae, and the faint outline of a skull just barely coming to the surface.
|Finishing the perimeter and consolidating|
The specimen, now known as RMDRC 12-008, alternatively "ValDaGar" after my wife (plus it's really fun to shout), is brought out of storage. I figure it would be good to at least get the skull exposed, if it's there, before SVP. It'd suck to show up a second year in a row and tell researchers "no, we still haven't worked on it yet". After removing a few inches of sand (we dug deep JUST IN CASE) I finally hit something hard. Luckily it was bone, not the other side of the plaster jacket.
|Here's where to start|
|Ok, I admit, it doesn't look pretty|
|The body slowly gets exposed|
|Side of face floated off a bit|