Bryozoan Paradise at the K/T Boundary

May 27th, 2010

NEW ALBANY, MISSISSIPPI — One of the main advantages of being a geologist in a liberal arts program is the diversity of experiences our students and faculty have.  While some Wooster geologists are enjoying a “soft rock” adventure in the Cretaceous-Tertiary sediments in the Deep South, others are exploring “hard rock” quarries in the North.  Later this summer we may have simultaneous posts from Alaska, Iceland, Utah and Israel.

Today the southern expedition was very successful in its task to find bryozoans just below and just above the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary.  Paul Taylor is a happy man.

Numerous bryozoans (the twig-like fossils) in the uppermost Cretaceous Prairie Bluff Formation east of New Albany, Union County, Mississippi.

The Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary east of New Albany, Union County, Mississippi. The uppermost Cretaceous is the brown clay, and the lowermost Tertiary is the orange sand at Megan's painted fingertip.

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