Reject Bone Specimens – Dig Site (C/N)

During Alan Grant‘s excavation, not all the specimens recovered were suitable for museum display. This was either because they were too fragmentary upon extraction, or because they were too fragile for transport. Ellie Sattler explained that in the old days these bones were discarded due to the their unsuitability for display.However, by Grant’s time these bones were sent to a genetics laboratory in Salt Lake City. The specimens were chosen by competitive bids, and once at the lab, the bones were ground up and protein was extracted from them. The proteins were identified, and the results mailed back to Grant.