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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: An interlocking rugose and tabulate coral (Devonian of Michigan)

This beautifully polished fossil looks like half of an antique bowling ball. Normally I hate polished fossils because the external details have been erased, but in this case the smooth surface reveals details about the organisms and their relationship. We … Continue reading

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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: A strophomenid brachiopod from the Middle Devonian of Michigan

Every year in the first class session of my Invertebrate Paleontology course I give my students each an unknown fossil. It must be something relatively common so that I can give 20 nearly-identical specimens, and it is ideally of a … Continue reading

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Wooster’s Fossil of the Week: Encrusting tubes from the Devonian of Michigan

The scanning electron microscope (SEM) image above shows the tubes of the encrusting group known as hederelloids. They are among my favorite fossils. I was reminded of them recently while reading this advertisement for a novel in which, to my … Continue reading

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