Volunteer with FUPS

The Flinders University Palaeontology fossil preparation labs have regular volunteer days where anyone interested in palaeontology and fossils can drop by to help us with the integral work being done in the palaeontology labs. The fossils have been collected from a series of incredible fossil deposits around Australia and require preparation prior to being a part of the research completed here in the labs.

Type of Fossil Preparation

Two primary types of fossil prep take place in the Flinders University Palaeontology labs. The first is fossil sorting, where large amounts of sediment are collected from the field and volunteers in the lab sort out the fossil elements.

The second form of fossil preparation is with larger fossils which have been excavated from the field. These fossils require sediment removal and hardening using acetone and paraloid.

Both forms of preparation are slow moving but extremely rewarding with all fossils contributing to the great research being conducted.

Fossil Sorting

Fossil Identification

Volunteer Days

Over the year, FUPS hosts volunteer fossil sorting days, information for which will be emailed to FUPS members as they occur. These volunteer days will often be linked to field work to process any material collected in the field by FUPS members.

No previous knowledge or skills are required, training is on the job. For younger folk, a guardian will need to accompany them, others simply need to express an interest.

Fossil removal from safety plaster jacket

More Information

For further information on volunteering or to discuss volunteering options please contact our volunteer coordinator and Flinders Fossil Preparator, Carey Burke at carey.burke@flinders.edu.au.

Masterclasses

FUPS often runs masterclasses where an expert gives an accessible and informative introduction to a particular area of palaeontology. Again, all information will be sent to FUPS members as this occurs. 

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