Willow repairs Fossil Rhinoceros

Posted on 08.24.2015
Willow repairs fossil.

As we have moved out of the Natural History Building, we have discovered many remarkable pieces that are part of the Geology department’s long history. One such piece is a fossil rhinoceros ‘hash’ of Diceratherium (two horned young adult rhinoceroses) from the Miocene strata of Agate Springs, Nebraska collected by Harold R. Wanless.

After many years of being on display in NHB, the rhinoceros ‘hash’ was in disrepair and needed attention. One of our aspiring undergraduate students, Willow Nguy (seen here on left) has created a senior thesis research project on the curation and characterization of this rhinoceros fossil ‘hash’. She is going to process the rhinoceros bones by uniting the young adults and their bones back together once again. She is currently working on the curation of the rhinoceros bones at the Illinois Natural History Survey under the guidance of Dr. Sam Heads, Curator of Paleontology (seen on right) and Dr. Jackie Wittmer, lecturer in the Department of Geology.