|Field map of quarry|
|Quarry during dig|
During excavation of Pete III, the TPI field crews kept careful records to document the site properly (as all paleontologists should, I don't care if you're academic or commercial). As we excavated and uncovered bones, they were assigned field inventory numbers, recorded and were mapped to scale. It quickly became apparent that there were only enough leg elements for one. The other one was gone, but where did it end up?
|Ankle bone mirrored in the computer|
|Original and printed bones, various colors of PLA|
|OK, so I had to sculpt one bone by hand|
So what can we do? A one legged Daspletosaurus mount looks stupid. In the old days we would sit down with some material, a ruler and our eyeballs and sculpt the mirror image by hand. Luckily we don't live in the stone age anymore and instead we have computers and lasers and hot plastic.
|Project layout. Pete's skull will be about 1.8x the size of the cast on the table.|