Fossil Friday!

I know that Fossil Friday doesn’t usually have an exclamation point in its title—but I’m excited! Fossils! I LOVE fossils! And finally, finally, I have managed to pull together some posts. All of my fossil finds have come from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, which was my stomping grounds as a graduate student. Jessica Cundiff was an assistant curator when I was a student and has since taken the reins entirely. I owe her so many thanks for not only graciously giving me access to her treasures, but also for being so patient as I desperately tried to remember the names of the organisms I wanted to photograph.

Me: “Umm… what about one of those things that looks kind of like the Batman symbol?”

Jessica: *blank stare*

Me: “You know... it like dips in the middle and has, like, ridges?”

Jessica: “You mean a brachiopod?”

Me: “Yes! Exactly!”

Jessica: “Do you remember anything from when you were a student?”

Me: “I remember, for some reason, the term siphuncle.

Jessica: “Could be worse.”

So here, then, is the first of our Harvard specimens, and no, it isn’t a brachiopod (though yes, there are a couple of those ubiquitous suckers in here, too). So what is it? Any guesses? I’ll give you a hint: The famous site where it was collected has been in the news this week.

Sound off below, or give me a tweet @keeps3.

See you Monday!

Stephanie Keep
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Stephanie Keep is the former Editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education

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