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Here’s an interesting article by Paleoanthropologist John Hawks, it details the problems CT scans can introduce when dating fossils via ESR (electron spin resonance) dating. This is particularly pertinent to paleoanthropology because of how vital exact dates are. http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/geology/dating/x-ray-esr-ct-scans-2019.html
I thought this was an interesting concept... http://www.cardfund.org/ "The Community Archaeology Radiocarbon Dating (CARD) Fund was established and funded by Archaeological Research Services Ltd and the SUERC Radiocarbon dating laboratory in January 2016. The fund consists of a set number of radiocarbon dates available on an annual basis that community archaeology groups or projects can apply for. For 2016 there will be 10 radiocarbon dates available. The fund is not open to universities, students, professional archaeological organisations or large charities. It is directed specifically at community groups seeking to obtain radiocarbon dates on key samples from sites they have investigated." I could imagine something similar set up for avocational paleontology perhaps funded by individual membership fee or donations. Application criteria might encourage responsible/professional collection and documentation of a specimen suspected to have some scientific significance, but the local museum or university isn't interested or doesn't have the resources available. Establishing a qualified review committee transparent and agreeable to everyone might be more of a challenge. Darrow
Fruitbat posted a topic in DocumentsThese are a few of the pdf files (and a few Microsoft Word documents) that I've accumulated in my web browsing. MOST of these are hyperlinked to their source. If you want one that is not hyperlinked or if the link isn't working, e-mail me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to send it to you. Please note that this list will be updated continuously as I find more available resources. All of these files are freely available on the Internet so there should be no copyright issues. Articles with author names in RED are new additions since May 8, 2017. Excavation, Preservation, Preparation and Imaging Abbott, R.E. and M.L. Abbott (1952). A Simple Paleobotanical Transfer Technique. The Ohio Journal of Science, 52(5). Adams, T.L., et al. (2010). High Resolution Three-Dimensional Laser Scanning of the Type Specimen of Eubrontes (?) glenrosensis Shuler, 1935, from the Comanchean (Lower Cretaceous) of Texas: Implications for Digital Archiving and Preservation. Palaeontologia Electronica, Vol.13, Issue 3. Araujo, R., C. Natario and M. Pound (2011). How to Mount an Inexpensive Sieving Lab. Journal of Paleontological Techniques, Number 9. Araujo, R., et al. (2009). Preparation Techniques Applied to a Stegosaurian Dinosaur from Portugal. Journal of Paleontological Techniques, Number 5. Arenstein, R.P., A. Davidson, and L. Kronthal (2004). An Investigation of Cyclododecane for Molding Fossil Specimens. Azar, D. (1997). A New Method for Extracting Plant and Insect Fossils from Lebanese Amber. Palaeontology, Vol.40, Part 4. Behrensmeyer, A.K. and J.C. Barry (2005). Biostratigraphic Surveys in the Siwaliks of Pakistan: A Method for Standardized Surface Sampling of the Vertebrate Fossil Record. 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