Scene from the lab

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).

About Mark Wilson

Mark Wilson is a Professor of Geology at The College of Wooster. He specializes in invertebrate paleontology, carbonate sedimentology, and stratigraphy. He also is an expert on pseudoscience, especially creationism.
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