We know that the Earth is between 4-5 billion years old. Its vast life history recorded in the ground. Paleontologists use evidence of past life on Earth from fossils (of plants and animals) to understand the many changes in climates and environments that took place.
Professor Mikael Fortelius arrived, and we began our lessons in Paleontology. Prof. Fortelius specializes in mammalian communities in early human environments, evolution of land mammals and their environments during the late Cenozoic, ecometrics of fossil and living mammals, computation approaches to paleobiology, all things about mammalian teeth and issues with scaling. It is an incredible opportunity for TBI students to learn from a leader in this field.
The students were very eager to get out into the field to search for fossils – but first they had to assess their skills in fossil identification. We placed a random assortment of fossils (and non-fossils!) into trays and asked students to do their best at describing and identifying them. They learned from each other in groups and excelled at the assignment.