Tuesday, 16 July 2013

A week of microfossil madness!



Last week I worked with three volunteers, University of Leicester undergraduates Chris Stocker and Rowan Dejardin, and Daniel Downs from the Prince’s Trust. We had a busy and productive week, sieving specimens and picking for microfossils, photographing rock samples, drawing specimens, splitting rocks and checking for macrofossils. We also imaged specimens on the SEM and light photography set-ups.

Chris and Rowan are starting their 4th year at the University of Leicester and both are about to start their research project work on microfossils later this summer. Daniel will start a geology degree next year and is a keen mineral and fossil amateur collector. All were very enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers: thank you for such a fantastic week!

The microfossil picking team hard at work in the lab.
 
Some of the microfossils (imaged on the SEM): a plant fragment and a fish tooth plate.




This week I am continuing to work with Daniel, plus another keen volunteer, Amrie. We are finding many more exciting microfossils!

Until next time
Carys


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