I can use your help with one of my projects. As part of my ongoing research on the history of dinosaur paleontology collecting/collectors in Alberta, Canada I'm studying garbage found at old dinosaur quarries- sites which have been unidentified for many years. We have found several IDENTIFIED sites excavated by Levi Sternberg that contain old sardine tins. We have found other UNIDENTIFIED sites that we believe were also excavated by Levi Sternberg, because we found the same types of sardine tins there. However, to my mind they appear to have been opened by a left-handed person. We are not sure if Levi was left-handed and this point has raised questions on how a person would open a sardine tin in the first place.
This is where you come in. Imagine you are opening a sardine tin. NOT the modern type with a pull tab, but the older type- with a slotted key. How would you open this?
1. Holding the can in the left hand and using right hand to turn the key and lid away from you?
2. Holding the can in the right hand and using the left hand to turn the key and lid away from you?
3. As per #1 but turning the key and lid toward you?
4. As per #2 but turning the key and lid toward you?
5. Removing the lid entirely or leaving a small section of it and the key attached to the can?
While odd sounding, this is a serious query. I would also want to know if you are left or right handed, or ambidextrous. If anything useful comes out of this exercise, I'll include the results in a manuscript I'm currently working on. As I seriously doubt this would be a debateable topic to discuss among the group, please reply offline.
I am also experiencing some trouble linking onto my own dinosaur paleopathology website. My server says the problem is fixed but I still have problems. I'd be grateful if some of you could try linking onto it (hotlink provided below) and letting me know if it worked or not.
Darren Tanke, Tech. I
Dinosaur Research Program
Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology
Drumheller, AB, Canada
Senior Editor, Paleopathology and Recent
Dento-Osteopathology Bibliography; see homepage