and Conservation of Palaeontological Material
Chris Collins are Conservator/Technical Officer, Geological Conservation
Unit, Dept Earth Sciences, Cambridge University. Also author of
'Care and Conservation of Paleontological Materials', Butterworth-Heinemann
Paleontological materials present a wide range of problems to the
conservator; from the organic composition of sub-fossil and mummified
materials, to the problems of mounting media associated with SEM
stubs and slides commonly associated withpalaeontological materials,
to the problems of inorganic materials such as microfossils, palaeobotanical
materials and supporting shale and other matrixes.
This book, for the first time, provides essential information for
conservators and other workers of the mechanisms of deterioration
of palaeontological materials, resins, adhesive and consolidants
that have been used on geological material in the past, and suggests
methods of passive control and treatment of deteriorating material.
Written by conservators, geological technicians and academic geologists,
the book discusses the variety of different approaches to the care
and conservation of palaeontological objects which reflects the
differing use of the materials within collections. As such the book
will be of use to anybody working with palaeontological materials,
particularly those involved in the care and conservation of palaeontological
objects and collections. The book concentrates on the science behind
the field and encourages a more conservation orientated approach
to these materials, which is new to most palaeontologists.