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Re: "Dino-radiation?"

Mr Richards,
I recently witnessed paleontologists using pancake probes (Eberline HP-260)
to find fossilized bones.  Relatively high levels of Uranium exist in at
least SOME fossilized bones in the Los Alamos area, but I wasn't able to
ascertain if the Uranium was concentrated while the creature was alive, or
if circulating groundwater had transported the Uranium, which was
subsequently preferentially deposited in the bones.  (The search in question
was performed in the vicinity of the Seismosaurus find, near San Ysidro, New
Mexico).                   ron

At 03:18 PM 8/28/96 -0500, you wrote:
>An article in a local newspaper had the following byline - "Homemade
>device finds dinosaurs."  An excerpt from the article states "The
>device, a wedding of high-tech and low-tech, can pinpoint faint
>radiation emanating from a dinosaur fossil through stone up to a meter
>There is a picture of the developer of the device (Ray Jones from Univ
>of Utah) with an assistant using the device.  It looks kinda like a NaI
>detector mounted in some type of frame.  Anyone out there ever heard of
>this device, how it works, what radiation it is detecting, etc.?  My
>interest is purely academic.
>Mack L. Richard, M.S., R.S.O.
          Ron Morgan <rgmorgan@lanl.gov>
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