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.

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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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