Acetic Acid Baths (C/N)

During his visit to Dr. Alan Grant’s paleontological dig site in the badlands of Montana, EPA representative Bob Morris was shown an acetic acid bath for fossilised bones by Dr. Ellie Sattler. She explained to him that the acetic acid was used to dissolve the limestone found in fossilised remains, separating the sedimentary rock from the delicate bones. This would then allow the paleontologists to examine the more intricate details of the fossil, unhampered by large rock extracts.