Saturday, 18 November 2017

Serendipitous palaeontology

Finding Ediacaran Fossils

This article describes fossil hunting for Ediacaran fossils and also gives an introduction to their importance. Apparently Ediacaran fossil hunting depends mainly on luck and having the sun low in the sky! If you have access you can read the full academic paper HERE.

The image of a rock from Nevada shows several fossil casts and moulds, marked by white arrows. All are examples of the elusive Ediacaran biota. Scale bar is 5 centimeters. Credit: Emmy Smith
Some of the specimens are, shall we say, unspectacular - see below. 

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