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Which came first?

NEW ALBANY, MISSISSIPPI — The Cretaceous oyster above was collected from the Coon Creek Beds of the Ripley Formation (Upper Cretaceous) near Blue Springs, Mississippi.  The holes are borings called Entobia which were produced by clionaid sponges which built a … Continue reading

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Fixing your search images

NEW ALBANY, MISSISSIPPI — The kind of science our paleontological field team is doing ultimately depends on unpredictable discoveries.  We came to this part of the world based on the recorded experiences of generations of geologists who assembled maps of … Continue reading

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Geologists a bit weathered after a week of southern sun

A week’s worth of fieldwork done.  All is going well.  We have learned so much since we arrived last week so fresh and clean.  Mark Wilson, Caroline Sogot, Megan Innis and Paul Taylor.  Two more days of fieldwork to go.  … Continue reading

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An abundance of Cretaceous shark teeth

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — OK, Andrew Retzler, please identify these teeth as best as you can in the comments below!  For everyone else, Andrew will be leaving with me in little more than a week for Israel where he will be … Continue reading

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We meet the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary in Mississippi

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — George Phillips took us to a series of Starkville outcrops today straddling the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary.  The boundary here is gradational and generally marked by a color change from gray in the upper Prairie Bluff Formation to light … Continue reading

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New Member of the Cretaceous-Tertiary Southern USA Team

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — We simply could not do this work without the guidance of local geologists who know the stratigraphy and the locations which are likely to yield the best results.  This is especially true in eastern Mississippi where most … Continue reading

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Our first vertebrate fossil

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From Alabama to Mississippi

STARKVILLE, MISSISSIPPI — Early this morning we left Demopolis, Alabama, and drove to Livingston, home of the University of West Alabama.  Our first localities, in fact, were very close to campus as we again explored the Upper Cretaceous Prairie Bluff … Continue reading

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