San Diego Natural History Museum--Your Nature Connection[BRCC San Diego Natural History Museum: Paleontology]
Clams of Champions:
Labeling and curating the fossils

Photos of excavating and cleaning the fossils | Clams of Champions | San Diego Formation

[Catalog card in the drawer shows the same numbers that are written on the fossil shell.] After the specimens are identified, they are numbered and the catalog information entered into the computer. The matching catalog card is kept in the drawer with the specimens.
For easy reference, microscopic fossils are contained in the window of a microscope slide. [A cardboard microscope slide with a circular window in the center]
[Large round shell scarred by pits and grooves.] This Dosinia shell shows pitting and tunnels caused by sponges that once lived on the shell. These are called "boring sponges" because they bore tunnels in the surface they live on.
Cleaned, identified, sorted, and catalogued -- the Hall of Champions specimens are kept together in a drawer. They are now ready for use by researchers. [Fossils grouped together by species, in smaller boxes within a cabinet drawer]

Photos by Judy Gibson 1998