Monday, 16 April 2018

Sentinel Times Koonwarra story

Here is the link to the South Gippsland Sentinel Times article about the recent Koonwarra dig. (Thanks Mike for pointing it out!)

Monday, 9 April 2018

An update on those Koonwarra blocks

A number of Koonwarra blocks have made their way to Lesley's shed. She is trying various treatments to try to get the blocks to break along the bedding plane (revealing any beautiful fossils) rather than cross-plane (revealing multiple tiny fossil fragments). She is treating them with lots of water and just a little water and lots of sunlight and no sunlight.  I can't wait to hear what works best!

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Digging at Koonwarra

Some photos from Steve:
Dean and John digging
Fossils in a box
Dean examining the hole
Tim and John digging
John happily digging

Digging at Koonwarra

Some photos from Lesley:
Block with foil barrier
Dean and John jackhammering face of layer
First block to be plaster jacketed
Gary filling in the excavation
Gary loading bags of rock onto his trailer
Gerry rock breaking
John and Dean checking out rock sawn block
John doing a bit of housework while Steve looks on
John and Dean chiselling out rock sawn block
Mary breaking rock
Mayfly nymph found by Mary
Nice plant fossil
Plastered block
Pat rock breaking
Remains of fossil fish
Steve and Mary checking out the exposed surface
Tom supervising the excavation using his digital sight glasss

Digging at Koonwarra

I thought I might share some photos taken on the recent exploratory dig at Koonwarra. The aim of the dig was to remove some blocks of fossil-bearing material, so that Tom Rich can try out different scanning techniques to see if any work.  This will help determine extraction techniques for a full-scale dig in the future.

Some photos from Dean:
A bulldozer removes the top layer
Steve, Mary and Tom
Steve and Tim hitting rocks
John makes dust
Tim and John

Friday, 16 February 2018

The Little L Project

I forgot to tell you that all the information you need to visit it is here.

The Little L Project at the Wool Museum

Today I went to the opening of The Little L Project at the National Wool Museum. Deakin researchers Kaja and Ben and their team have made a Virtual Reality Eric the Red West, 3D printed some dinosaur skin analogues, and made a space where you can virtually colour a 3D Leaellynasaura. Way cool.
The Little L Project
The Little L Project
The creative team
Wendy in the VR goggles
Colouring the Leaellynasaura
My colouring attempt...