|Look at all those beautiful vertebrae! All cleaned, repaired and ready to go.|
Using photos of the flipper bones when they had been unearthed and grafted, the bones were laid out on a table in their appropriate positions.
|A template was needed to figure out exactly where each bone of the flipper should be placed and where the connecting rods would go to hold the bones together. Life-sized graph paper was created by drawing the grid by hand.|
|The bones were placed on the paper according to their position on the grid.|
|Each bone was carefully traced.|
|On day 3, once the template was completed, it was flipped over and traced to create a template for the other flipper.|
After the bones were traced onto the paper, they were removed for careful plotting of where metal rods would go, and where they needed to be bent to hold the bones of the flipper together. An outline of each rod was placed onto the template as well.
|Once the careful plotting of where metal rods would need to be placed in each bone, their positions were marked on the bone. The bones were then removed so holes could be drilled into the bone to receive those rods.|
|Each finger bone had to be drilled.|
|Working on the phalanges (fingers), drilling holes, inserting metal rods.|
The larger bones of the flipper were being a bit difficult, causing the workers to really give it hard thought and muscle.
|But in the end they were successful.|