Bring the Dinosaurs back to Life


The heart of where dinosaur scientific research and investigation are conducted is in the laboratory.

Here at the Sirindhorn Museum, the laboratory is transformed into a research exhibition where visitors can watch through the glass wall to observe the lab and how scientists are working.

Looking through the glass wall of the lab, we will be able to see all parts of the fossilised bone specimens that were discovered in Thailand, placed on the lab tables. These specimens are haunch bones and large pieces of femur bones from Phuwiangosaurus sirindhornae and a fossilised tail base of Siamotyrannus isanensis.

After excavation, fossils are placed in plaster casts to prevent breakage during transportation to the laboratory. Prior to conducting scientific research, the paleobiologist team remove these plaster casts and use tools; such as, chisel, hammer, knife, brush, airbrush or special chemicals to remove soil, stones and sand from the fossils. This cleansing process is conducted with special care and attention.

Once the fossil is clean, the paleobiologist will investigate each specimen to find out which bone element is from what dinosaur species. The paleobiologist determines this by measuring the specimen size, character and comparing to the existing research and study of dinosaur fossils from around the world.