Paleontology 101 – Class 2/6

10 Jun

Day 2 of the Paleontology 101 course at DMNS.

Travel trivia

  • Traffic: light
  • Miles driven: ~80 (one way)
  • Weather: No rain on the drive up today!

Day 2 Class Notes

Concepts I noted today

If it’s longer than wide, with two parts — may be indicative of a tooth (picture discussed in class)

  • Paleontology is the study of ancient life
  • Palynology – study of pollen (ancient?)
  • Paleoichnology – study of trace fossils (not fish!)
  • Micropaleontology – useful for people who want to determine the age of the rocks where microorganisms are found.


Harrods Department store in London sells fossils “better than museum quality, and (expensive)”

Oil companies use pollen to determine the likelihood of finding gas, oil, or nothing. I guess palynology just became more interesting!

  • Wallace’s Line
  • Ichnofossils == trace fossils
  • fossilization is an extremely rare event

Extinction Events

  • Ordovician
  • Devonian
  • Permian
  • Triassic
  • Cretaceous

People to look up


Books mentioned today


Places to go


Notes to myself

  • Need to find a GIS program; check github as well.
  • Caliche – a layer – like concrete

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