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      CONSERVATION-RESTORATION APPLIED TO A FOSSIL ADHERED TO A SPELEOTHEM (MIDDLE PLEISTOCENE) FROM POSTES CAVE (FUENTES DE LEÓN, SPAIN)

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          The conservation-restoration methodology used on most Middle Pleistocene layers from the Postes Cave site fossils is minimal intervention. The fossils from Stratigraphic Unit Pleistocene 1 layer are covered by a 0,3 m-thick speleothem around the bones. This work describes four restoration treatments applied to one of the fossils from this layer since its discovery, to reverse fossil deterioration and/or total or partial loss. To extract the bone it was necessary to hit the speleothem and fracture it, damaging and breaking the fossil into small fragments. These treatments consisted in the application of a bandage in situ, removal of the bandage, cleaning, consolidation and reconstruction in the research laboratory. We have recovered and stabilized the fossil so we can take, touch and move them to carry out a taxonomic study. These studies have resulted in the identification of the fossil as an Ursus arctos tibia.

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                Affiliations
                [Centro Mixto UCM-ISCIII de Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos, 28029 Madrid, Spain ]
                [IDEA (Instituto de Evolución en África), Museo de los Orígenes, 28005 Madrid, Spain ]
                [Instituto de Estudios Prehistóricos (ACINEP), 06800 Mérida, Spain ]
                [Centro de Estudios para el Medio Ambiente y la Cultura (CEMAC), 06280 Fuentes de León, Spain ]
                [Grupo de Investigación CUPARQ ]
                [Grupo de Investigación Quaternario-Pre-Historia ]
                [Secretaria General de Cultura. Dirección General de Bibliotecas, Museos y Patrimonio Cultural. Junta de Extremadura, 06800 Merida, Spain ]
                Journal
                16465806
                JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGICAL TECHNIQUES
                GEAL, Museu da Lourinha (Portugal )
                1646-5806
                2016
                : 15
                : 68-83
                © 2016 Ortega Martínez et al.

                This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License

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