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Separating Elk Vertebrae

Discussion in 'Skulls and Skeletons' started by Kelsey Swalwell, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. Kelsey Swalwell

    Kelsey Swalwell New Member

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    Hey again, y'all, thanks for answering all my newcomer-questions. Here's another one!

    We've got two pretty stiff (one very old) elk spines, nearly intact. For my purposes, I need to separate each individual vertebrae, but they are seemingly fused together.

    What's my approach here? I would assume soaking first but do I soak in anything special? Should I hazard just delicately sawing through the connective tissue? Thank you for any help! IMG_7017.jpg IMG_7037.jpg
     
  2. Sea Wolf

    Sea Wolf Well-Known Member

    Going to be a lot of tissue and tendon on there that has dried hard. Rather than damage the bone by cutting at it dry, soak it in water for several days .. maybe a little longer. Soaking is going to soften that tissue and make it easier to cut through. You should be able to separate them with a sharp knife then. If you work the bugs out of your hog skull project, throw all of them into the same container with the hog skull while it macerates. A good deal of the dried tissue on these will be eaten off as well.
     

  3. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    I would normally tell you to just soak in water , but I think you’d be better off boiling in a washing tub of water with 3 cups of washing soda in it