Laser cleaning Ichthyosaurs

We’ve been doing some laser cleaning on one of our Ichthyosaurs ready for going on display in our new Nature’s Library gallery next year.

The way the laser works is that it burns off the years of Manchester grime, leaving the fossil in pristine condition underneath. As you can see it has cleaned up the creamy-coloured limestone beautifully and has really helped us see some of the features that will help us identify which Ichthyosaur it is.

Thanks to Jenny and Susan who did all the hard work!

This specimen is probably from Somerset and has not been on display for decades, if ever.

 

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