Kennedy knows what it's like to reassemble the Cretaceous one
bone at time. The Canadian Museum of Nature palaeontology technician
recently mounted the cast of a Carnotaurus
sastrei dinosaur skeleton. Here's his six-step guide to
building a dinosaur skeleton.
/ Remove the fossil bones from the rock. Replace missing
bones with replicas. 2 /
Compare the skeleton with scientific descriptions of other similar
Dinosaur skeletons vary greatly -- think Velociraptor
compared to Triceratops.
Thus it's essential to have a good general knowledge of anatomy.
Then you can compare your dinosaur bones with those that other
palaeontologists have already described. 3
/ Figure out how the bones fit together. Bones are held
together with muscles, ligaments and tendons. The spaces between
the bones are padded with cartilage. Dinosaur fossils show ridges
and roughened patches where muscles attached.