November 24, 2014
Museum staff and volunteers have uncovered some amazing fossils at Solite Quarry in recent days! In these images, museum staff piece together the fossils of what might be the largest and best preserved Gymnosperm fossil! Gymnosperms are a group of seed-producing plants and, while their fossils aren't particularly uncommon, finding one as complete as this one is a major discovery!
Thanks to funding by National Geographic, staff and volunteers are rapidly digging for fossils at Solite Quarry before the site is no longer open for excavation. We'll "glide" more information to you soon about another amazing discovery...stay tuned!
L to R: Christina Byrd, paleontology technician, Dr. Kal Ivanov, assistant curator of invertebrate zoology, and Dr. Jim Bead, director of research and collections.