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1 Dinosaur Resurrection Transporting a 77-million-year-old, “mummified” dinosaur across the country

2 Background: Who is Leonardo? A Brachylophosaurus Canadensis (duck-billed dinosaur) is discovered by the Judith River Dinosaur Institute in Malta, Mont., on July 27, Dubbed “Leonardo,” this fossil is one of only four existing Brachylophosaurus specimens identified to date. Page 2

3 Background: Who is Leonardo? According to the Guinness Book of Records, Leonardo is the most complete, reticulated dinosaur ever unearthed. Around 90 percent of the “mummified” dinosaur is covered with fossilized soft tissue. Page 3

4 Background: Who is Leonardo? The dinosaur has been remarkably preserved over the eons, so paleontologists suspect there would be fossilized organs within the torso of the creature. This close-up of the fossil shows Leonardo’s ribs. Page 4

5 Background: Who is Leonardo? Paleontologists believe Leonardo was about four years old when it died more than 77 million years ago. The science team suspects there would be fossilized organs within the torso of the dinosaur, but they needed state-of-the-art equipment to successfully scan the fossil. Page 5

6 Background: Who is Leonardo? A member of the science team solicits help from Sealed Air’s packaging experts to create a protective packaging solution to safely transport the fragile fossil more than 2,000 miles across the country from Malta, Mont., to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston where the fossil could be scanned. Page 6

7 Creating a Protective Packaging Solution Bill Armstrong, technical development manager for Sealed Air Corp., works with a team of other packaging experts from Sealed Air, International Safe Transit Association, Lansmont Corp. and the U.S. Navy to develop a custom package design. Page 7

8 Testing: July 2007 Two tons of shingles are loaded into a truck as part of a test run to measure the shock and vibration environment for the route. The truck bed is monitored with GPS- enabled instrumentation which records the shocks, bumps and vibrations experienced and to determine where, on the route, each event occurred. Page 8

9 Testing: July 2007 A 1,500-mile round-trip test run measures bumps, shocks and vibrations along the route. Page 9

10 Testing: July 2007 The test run successfully measures the amount of disturbances the package received throughout the trip so the Sealed Air team knows exactly the types of conditions Leonardo would have to withstand. Page 10

11 Testing a Protective Packaging Solution The packaging team uses sandstone samples in Sealed Air’s packaging dynamics lab in Danbury, Conn., to run various tests to determine which packaging solution would best perform on Leonardo’s 2,000-mile journey. Page 11

12 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution After development and testing in the packaging design center, the team travels back to Malta, Mont., to implement the packaging solution, which begins with a sturdy base. Page 12

13 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution After the base is created, the packaging team raises the fossil on jacks and lines it up with the base. The dinosaur is almost as wide as the truck, so the measurements of the crate need to be precise. Page 13

14 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution The fossil is shrink-wrapped with Sealed Air’s CorTuff® high-abuse shrink film to stabilize the fragile surface. Page 14

15 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution After the film is successfully shrink-wrapped around the fossil, the team begins to construct the crate around the dinosaur. Page 15

16 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution The fossil is then blocked and braced on the base using Sealed Air’s Instapak® foam. Page 16

17 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution After the fossil is secure in the crate, the team carefully assembles the top. Page 17

18 Designing a Protective Packaging Solution A piece of Leonardo’s tail is packed in a separate box and mounted atop the main crate. Page 18

19 The Finished Package Leonardo is ready for shipment. It will travel 2,000 miles across the country from Malta, Mont., to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Page 19

20 Final Destination: February 2008 After a 2,000 mile journey, Leonardo arrives at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. Page 20

21 Final Destination: February 2008 The team carefully begins unpacking the crate to determine if Leonardo arrived safely. The head paleontologist on the science team says, “Not a grain of sand was out of place.” Page 21

22 Final Destination: February 2008 Shortly after unpacking the crate, the science team with support from NASA scans the fossil to determine if the fossilized organs are indeed intact. The scanning takes place under strict security, with the findings to be revealed when Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy debuts on Discovery HD. Page 22

23 Documentary Debut: Findings Revealed Discovery HD Sunday, Sept p.m. EST

24 For more information or high-resolution images Contact: Rachel Hadley


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