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Re: Novel way to reconstruct a skull)

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Message text written by INTERNET:bigelowp@juno.com

">After reading about how much leeway there was in the way the skull was
>reconstructed--by flexing and bending wax replicas of the individual 
>"until they fit together"(!)--

Provided that (1 ) all of the skull bones are present and are nearly
complete, and
provided that (2) lithostatic compression has indeed plastically-deformed
individual bones, then  this preparation technique may be the *only* way
put the skull back together."

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        I have no idea why anyone is touting this as a "novel" means of
reconstructing a squished bone -- this technique has been used for ages.

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Jerry D. Harris                         (505) 841-2865
Fossil Preparation Lab                
New Mexico Museum of Natural History        
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Albuquerque  NM  87104-1375             102354.2222@compuserve.com