Long Distance Prospecting – #365papers – 2018 – 61

Conroy, Emerson, Anemone, and Townsend, 2012, Let your fingers do the walking: A simple spectral signature model for “remote” fossil prospecting: Journal of Human Evolution, v. 63, p. 79-84.

What’s it about?

The authors demonstrate the utility of satellite imagery combined with surface observations and GIS software to make predictions about where fossil localities may be located. Continue reading

A Hot One – #Paleontology Field Work 2018 – Day 12

Today’s plan was developed with the day’s forecast in mind: ridiculously hot and sunny (but a dry heat, right?).

We started in the morning at a locality we hadn’t been to before and spent two hours finding nothing (in the way of fossils), until we stumbled upon this lovely fossil horse.

I promise, it’s a horse. An ancestor of modern horses, anyway.

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There and Back Again – #Paleontology Field Work 2018 – Days 3, 4, and 5

The past three days, I’ve caught myself in a wireless signal vacuum, which is why I’m only now writing something.

Two days ago (day 3, for those counting), I drove through the rest of Nebraska and into Wyoming until my stopping point at the Virginian Hotel in Medicine Bow, Wyoming. There I met up with colleagues and spent the evening drinking beers and talking about the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary. Continue reading

Fieldwork Travelogue: The Mummified Fauna of Natural Trap Cave #NTCave15

Though it was nearly two weeks ago that I left Natural Trap Cave, there are still things I’d like to post about it.

One of the fascinating things about the cave is that it is, in fact, a natural trap. Though there is a grate over the top preventing large animals from falling in, small animals still drop in regularly.

Case in point: Packy le Pew, a poor packrat that fell in during the field season in 2014.

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