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Fossil vertebrates were collected on Seymour Island, Antarctica, using traditional field methods with minor modifications. It was found that freezing of plaster bandages prior to setting is not detrimental to their strength. The “cap” of the field jacket not only must cover the exposed surface but also must be secured to the jacket by taking several turns around the entire block to hold the two parts of the jacket securely together. Water-catalyzed polyurethane-impregnated fiberglass bandages were tested and found to protect the specimen in transit well, although they were difficult to apply to small- and medium-sized blocks. Polyethylene glycol is useful for consolidating fragile specimens in weather conditions typical of Antarctica.

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