Dr. Bill Gallagher (Adjunct Professor of Paleontology, STARI Research Fellow) presented a morning talk on the CSI of a Dinosaur Dig, detailing how dinosaur bones are excavate in the field. The presentation discussed how data was gathered from a Triceratops quarry, and from the entire stratigraphic section, to make interpretations about:
  • what the prehistoric environment was like
  • how the dinosaur skeleton came to be buried in the condition in which it was found
  • the other animals in its environment
  • how the animal lived- its approximate age, rate of growth, how petrified (or not) the bones are, etc.

Bill then led us on a field trip to a fossil site in Monmouth County where each students fossils, including extinct oysters, squid pens, and shark teeth.

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Searching for shark teeth

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Manny, Leanne and Christian, examining what they found

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Samples of 72 million year-old shark teeth.