Watch How Fossils Get Cleaned and Prepared

By Casey Chan on at

Fossils don’t exactly come clean and ready to be displayed in museums. Obviously. They’re a mess because they’ve been in the ground for millions of years. So it’s the job for fossil preparators like Nathan Ong at the Natural History Museum of Utah to clean them up and make sure they end up looking all fossil-y

It’s fun to see the whole tool set at work. Drills, power tools, chisels, scalpels, brushes of every kind, glue, and more are put to work for hours until the fossil is finally ready.