It has recently come to my attention that someone out there is doing a historical project on the Howe Quarry. This was apparently posted on this list in the last 2-3 days. I missed it and deleted this from my computer files. As this Howe Quarry project sounds similar to the one I'm doing on the late 19th-early 20th Century of dinosaur digging here in Alberta, Canada I would like to learn more about whoever is working on the Howe Quarry project and where they are. Could one of the subscribers to this list please alert me (offline) to the story and c.c. me a copy of it?
You may remember my request for how people opened old-type sardine tins by using a key turn and peel the lid back or completely off. It appeared someone left-handed was opening these cans in Royal Ontario Museum quarries in the 1920's and 1930's. Some of you wanted to know the results. I have not yet totalled all the responses up, but the clear majority (95%+) was for right-handed people to hold the can in the left hand and turn the key away from themselves using the right hand and leaving the lid attached.
A few people wanted to know the logic of my request. We have many old quarries in Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Drumheller Valley whose fossil contents were never recorded using a data-bearing quarry stake placed on site or were accurately marked on maps. Sardine tins are found in some marked and mapped Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) quarries. Sardine tins are also found in unmarked or unmapped quarry sites. If I am able to establish that "John Brown" was on the ROM expeditions from 1925, 1927 and 1928, and photographs of him show him swinging a hammer or pick left-handed, then I can narrow my search field down to those 3 years he was at the Park and compare what was collected those three years to garbage or bone now left on site. Ideally a picture of him sitting in one of my unidentified quarry sites holding a sardine tin in his right hand and a fork in his left would settle all questions, but this has not occurred. I do have pictures of memebers of other expeditions eating lunch on site- but no sardine tins!
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