As far as I am concerned, a metal detector can not detect something not made out of metal. Therefore, I do not believe that a metal detector can detect dinosaur bones. Many people have found things and thought them to be dinosaur bones yet they were fossilized bones. One way to know if your find is a bone is to take it to the laboratories. They shall run tests on it and be able to tell you what it is. Some of the minerals that crystallize to take up the appearance of bones are araogonite, and calcim.
However, there are some detectors that can be used to detect dinosaur bones. Let us take a look at a detector that a boy of 9 years came up with for his school competition.
This little boy has a dinosaur detector made of connectors, headphones, a pipe and a pie pan.
He says that he put connectors in a pie pan. Then he hot glued an elbow piece to the pan and connected it to the pipe. After the glue had dried, he sprayed everything black using spray paint. When the paint had dried, he glued in the headphones.
He says that this piece of work functions the way a metal detector would only that it finds bones and fossil only. For example, if someone is using it and it meets up with a bone, he or she shall hear a beeping sound coming through the headphones. He says that his detector can locate bones that as far as 2 ft into the earth.
He believes that his invention can help advance the paleontology field.
Is your child that creative? Whether this detector works or not, I do not know. However, I applaud this boy for his creativity and love for the study of dinosaur bones.
Another issue to note is that it is practically impossible to use something meant to detect metal to detect tissue. However, you can use metal detectors to find other fossils such as artifacts.
These findings help archeologists and paleontologists in various ways such as knowing the kind of life that people in past years lived.
While finding artifacts is not of much importance to paleontologists, it is important to archeologists. In fact, they are the principal benefactors of the services of detectorists. That is because the findings that metal detectors bring their way enable them to have a better understand of the group of people they are trying to investigate. Furthermore, these results help them to understand the history of the land they might be studying.
The livelihood of people and the things they use in their day-to-day lives have a profound connection. Besides that, even the animals and plants are affected by their surroundings such as nails, metal fences that could be picked by a metal detector.
That means that while some things picked by metal detectors may be useless, others are of great importance and help in writing out better-informed prehistory literature.
Therefore, while metal detectors are helpful in historical studies, they can not assist in finding dinosaur bones.