Screening for Morphology

|Screening for Morphology
Professor Doug Boyer teaches the students about taxonomic features.

Professor Doug Boyer teaches the students about taxonomic features.

The Field School students spent the morning looking at some of the skeletal collections that the Institute has to offer. From the tiny Rock Hyrax to the massive Elephant, the students were able to familiarize themselves with anatomical terminology and variation in African mammals.

Luisa and Lorraine write down notes on teeth morphology.

Luisa and Lorraine write down notes on teeth morphology.

Most of the students took the time to draw out the casts and bones they observed.

Beautiful Gorilla skull drawn by Evelyn Glaze

Beautiful Gorilla skull drawn by Evelyn Glaze.

In the afternoon, the students went out into the TBI outcrops to try their best to learn how to sieve through the sediment and find fossils.

Vaishnavi, Patrick, and Lucy brushing through sediment to find ancient fossils.

Vaishnavi, Patrick, and Lucy brushing through sediment to find ancient fossils.

By collecting the sediment and running it through a sieve, the students are able to find fossils they would otherwise be unable to find.

Zach and Catherine using a sieve to remove extra sediment.

Zach and Catherine using a sieve to remove extra sediment.

Francis shows Chelsea and Lorraine what they found

Francis shows Chelsea and Lorraine what they found.

All in all, a rewarding day for our young fossil hunters.

Keep in touch for more from the Field School!

By | 2017-01-04T18:05:05+00:00 October 11th, 2013|Field Schools|Comments Off on Screening for Morphology

About the Author: