Materials Contributed through SERC-hosted Projects
Synthetic soup ground trace fossils part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
This is a lab exercise where students make synthetic trace fossils (using fishing lures) that was presented as a scientific study: BIOGENIC SEDIMENTARY STRUCTURES PRODUCED BY WORMS IN SOUPY, SOFT MUDS: OBSERVATIONS FROM THE CHATTANOOGA SHALE (UPPER DEVONIAN) AND EXPERIMENTS, by VADEC LOBZA AND JURGEN SCHIEBER, JOURNAL OF SEDIMENTARY RESEARCH, VOL. 69, NO. 5, SEPTEMBER, 1999, P. 10411049
Fossils in Context: creating your own fossiliferous 'limestone' part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Activities
Our museum collection is full of loose, individual, beautiful fossils of marine invertebrates. I try to get students to understand that most fossils they might actually find in the field are locked in rock, and they will need to identify them in cross-section. This can also be used as an elaborate taphonomy-environment lab.
Synthetic Trace Fossils using mechanical bugs part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Activities
This activity is suitable for either an hour-long in class activity or a longer laboratory. It explores trace fossils by creating tracks in various substrates using mechanical bugs (Hexbugs). Students analyze the traces without seeing how they were made, then get to explore the traces by playing with the mechanical bugs that made them and varying the substrate.
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy part of Cutting Edge:Sedimentary Geology:Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and Paleontology 2014:Courses
This is a field-based Sedimentology and Stratigraphy course. We spend one day per week in the field, and have classroom time once a week. There are two weekend field trips.
Paleobiology part of Cutting Edge:Paleontology:Courses
This course is a blend of Earth History and Paleontology. It is designed as a second course (after Intro) in Geology.