After following the guidelines in Chapter 3 on how to select specimens for histological study, you now have specimens chosen and are ready to begin processing. In this chapter, we guide you through:
setting up and maintaining a paleohistology lab,
preparing the specimen for research,
making thin-section slides,
curating the slides that you produce,
restoring the original fossil,
caring for equipment and supplies, and
staying safe while working with chemical and equipment hazards.
This is not intended to be an exhaustive guide, and most people will need hands-on training from an experienced technician to get the best results. However, we...