Archive for July 8th, 2010

Scene from the lab

July 8th, 2010

WOOSTER, OHIO–I spent a good part of the day in the paleontology lab of Lisa Park, one of our accomplished Wooster Geology alumni who teaches at the University of Akron.  We took scanning electron microscope images of microconchid specimens I collected last November in Texas with Tom Yancey (Texas A&M).  For every day of fieldwork we probably spend another ten days in the lab studying the specimens.  Thought you might like to see one of these beautiful fossils very close-up:

Microconchid from the Bead Mountain Formation (Lower Permian) of central Texas. Note the budding and the remarkable internal diaphragms visible in the broken portion (upper right).