Archive for November 5th, 2010

Putting donated fossils to work

November 5th, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO — Last month we began integrating a large collection of rocks, minerals and fossils into our teaching program in the Department of Geology. These specimens were donated by an Ohio family who lovingly gathered them over decades. They displayed these natural wonders to friends, neighbors and children for their beauty and their educational value. Now we have started to use some of the specimens in our classes.

Invertebrate Paleontology students Sarah Appleton, Megan Innis (the TA), Melissa Torma and Michaela Caventer examine donated bivalve fossils. We are especially impressed with the large articulated Eocene oyster Michaela is holding.

Andrew Retzler holding two vertebrae of the Jurassic dinosaur Camarasaurus. We used these in the History of Life course.

Side view of the Camarasaurus vertebrae. These bones were reconstructed from dozens of fragments.