While there are of course general risks associated with palaeontolgical fieldwork (scorpions, cliffs, cactuses, snakes, food poisioning and the like) the dangers in museums and research institutes are often overlooked. I want to blow the lid off of one of the best kept secrets of research – even basements can be incredibly dangerours thanks to the secret research we are carryng out. It’s just fortunate that my student Ross Elgin had his camera handy when this happened to me recently in Stuttgart:
They don’t tell you about this in grad school I can assure you.
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