Education and Outreach

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    Theresa Mayer posted an update in the group Education and Outreach from the myFOSSIL app

    I am currently wanting to get into a marine paleontology field as a undergrad earth science major. where do I start my journey?

    • Depending on the university earth science isn’t always the best route. For example, I started out as a geology major when I was in undergrad but changes to zoology because that was where the paleontology classes were offered. Evolution, biogeography and invertebrate zoology are all important classes but generally offered through a biology department. However, some schools offer invertebrate paleontology in their geology departments. Sometimes evolution and biogeography can be taken without doing the general bio series or with instructor approval. Other times you need the prereqs. It all depends. Also don’t go changing your major too soon. While for most grad schools it doesn’t matter if you were bio or geo sometimes it does. Despite having been a geology minor I was told I could not apply to Northern Arizona University because my major wasn’t geology and felt that I wouldn’t be qualified to TA intro geology courses. Sedimentology and Stratigraphy is/are important for any paleo.

    • I also strongly recommend doing undergraduate research. This shows potential advisors that you understand the research, publishing and conference aspects of paleontology. Since your interest is marine paleo I recommend you find a professor at your undergrad who does that and do research under her/him. If there isn’t, you can try and contact someone at another university and try to work out a remote research project. It is sometimes hard to break out of what you did your undergrad research in because people read that on your CV and associate you with that.

    • Good luck!

    • are there any books that you would suggest reading?

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    Cj Hayes posted an image in the group Education and Outreach from the myFOSSIL app

    North west Alabama fossil

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    James Baxter posted a new specimen in the group Education and Outreach from the myFOSSIL app

    James Baxter has contributed a new specimen to myFOSSIL!

    • Hi, @James-baxter2 – did you mean to post the same fossil twice? I can delete one of them if you want. If you were looking for identification help, the What is it? Group is more valuable and I can tag in some shark experts. Thanks, Jen

    • I used to live in Scott’s valley! Fantastic find!

    • i deleted the double. i meant to post a smaller one i found the same day. any help identifying would be appreciated. i cant wait to go again! its incredible finding something no one has ever seen that millions of years old. that shark had no idea he would make someone happy and excited millions of years later

    • @jeanette-pirlo, do you have any idea what kind of shark this may be? I imagine @bill-heim will have some insight. We have a group called ‘shocking shark teeth’ that may be most suited for any future posts on sharks!

    • I’m not sure. When I lived out in SC/SV I didn’t really pay attention to the fossil record, I was focused on modern marine bio. Perhaps victor might know

    • should i repost it to shocking shark teeth or can i change the group

    • Santa Cruz Sandhills Geology

      The Santa Cruz Sandhills occur on Miocene marine sediments and sandstones of the Santa Margarita formation (right)–a highly weathered arkosic (high feldspar content) sandstone. 

      As evidence of their marine origins, the Sandhills feature many fossils of sand dollars (upper left), bivalves (lower left), and gastropods, as well as sharks teeth. Thick beds of fossil sand dollars (right) are found underneath the soil surface in Sandhills habitat between Ben Lomond and Scotts Valley. The presence of this layer is correlated with the occurrence of ridges which support sand parkland–a rare community within the Sandhills.

    • Hi @james-baxter – you cannot change the group, as of right now. I’ll tag in @vperez as well to help with the identification.

    • Hi @james-baxter , your tooth is from the extinct hook-tooth mako, Isurus planus.

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    Cj Hayes joined the group Education and Outreach
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    Samantha Ocon posted an image in the group Education and Outreach from the myFOSSIL app

    Thinking back to ‘Can You Dig It?’ earlier this year. I’m so proud of @Michael-Rodgers for tagging along on my fossil escapades. #event

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