For my birthday, Dave got me this Dinosaur Fossil Kit. With REAL TOOLS! proclaimed the package.
(A few weeks later I was at the dollar store looking for something else, and found out where he'd bought it.)
It's an egg-shaped clod of mud. The REAL TOOLS are a little plastic pick and a paintbrush. You pick away the mud to reveal little plastic dinosaur bones, which you can assemble to form a dinosaur.
Okay, it's stupid. But it was also kind of fun. I have the little dinosaur sitting on the stand beside my terminal.
One of the foot-tabs is missing on mine, so it doesn't always stay in the stand. But that's just one of those hassles that we paleontologists put up with. Not every skeleton will be 100% complete. We scientists also know how important it is to document every step of the process.
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