Monthly Archives: June 2011

We visit fishy relatives, geology wonderland

Today we went to the type-locality of the Permian-Triassic Boundary. The type locality is chosen by an international committee with the availability of the location being an important aspect, so that other scientists might visit the site.  Having a definition … Continue reading

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Go to landfill, find a dinosaur footprint!

As an environmental science major with a minor in geology and wetlands management, traveling into the field to look at outcrops is something that I look forward to for classes. I’ve hiked on glaciers to see moraines, trudged through 70 … Continue reading

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Rock mapping a challenge for biology student

Geology and I are new acquaintances so when I found out that we were doing stratigraphic columns, I had some questions. What the heck is a stratigraphic column and how do I even start? I was nervous because our group … Continue reading

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Incredible find in temple museum, harrowing rescue on crumbly mudstone

    Monday morning we packed ourselves into a minibus and headed for the town of Tiantai. After several hours of listening to music, reading, holding our breath through the numerous tunnels, and of course sleeping, we arrived at our … Continue reading

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Fossil hunting in China very different than in Montana

Paleontological fieldwork varies greatly across different parts of the world. This is due to cultural variation as well as the dictates of geography. In Montana, we tend to identify places where rocks of the right age are exposed by looking … Continue reading

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Beautiful window serves as escape hatch for baby dinosaur

Our research is being conducted within the Zhejiang Natural History Museum, which contains thousands of eggs most of which have not been studied. We are attempting to gain a deeper understanding of dinosaur eggs as a whole. Why does egg … Continue reading

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