Friday, January 22, 2016

At 9:34 am the email arrived. It was from William Simpson and he wrote:

Hi Denise,

I'd be happy to help you with access to SUE for your project.  We have very accurate research casts of the skull and jaws that might be the most convenient way for you to inspect the holes in the cranial bones.  Let me know when you'd like to visit!


Oh what joy! There was no whooping or hollering (such restraint), but there was bouncing down the hallway and at the front desk when reporting the glorious news.

Had I known who Bill Simpson was, there just might have been the aforementioned whooping and hollering. Bill Simpson has been working with SUE for years.

This photo was taken when John McCarter (FMNH President), John Flynn (Dept. Geol. Chair) and Bill (pictured) visited NY to examine SUE in a Sotheby's warehouse in the summer of 1997.  The right side of the skull had been exposed by previous preparation.  The photo was probably taken by Flynn.  
William (Bill) Simpson, Fossil Vertebrates Collections Manager. In oversized collections area, mezzanine level. Photo by John Weinstein, on 10/15/2012. The model of SUE’s skull is above his left arm. 

Now that permission had been granted, we had to figure out how to work with such a large patient. Normally, impressions of a patterned injury are taken with the same type of material we use in human mouths. We would also want impressions of her teeth, but there are no dental trays that size!

There is newer dental technology now, that you can used to take a digital impression of teeth. It is a small, hand held scanner that gives a very precise 3D image. We don't have one in our office. But the company we buy all our dental supplies from sells them. Perhaps they would be willing to help...after all, who wouldn't want to scan a T.rex?

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