Amy Heger was in the final stages of her PhD work when the MAR-ECO participants met for the annual meeting summer 2006 in Aberdeen. At some of the group meetings she heard about the idea for the “Bone Atlas” project and volunteered to help with its realization.
Heger came to Norway January 2007 to work with Sutton for several weeks. She was responsible for photographing the individual bone fragments for the catalogue.
Professor Endre Willassen and Dr. Jon Kongsrud kindly allowed her to utilize their high-resolution digital macro-photography setup for this endeavor. The camera was linked to software that enabled photographs to be automatically viewed, named and organized into folders.
Over the course of two weeks Heger photographed and catalogued the bones selected by Sutton as “diagnostic for the species.” At the same time, Sutton studied the bones under the microscope, making detailed measurement for length/weight relationships and searching for characteristic features.