Jennifer Bauer

  • 2 days, 9 hours ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    Today’s #DayOfScience started with editing Sam’s #NSFGRFP application, catching up on emails, and preparing a new loan invoice for the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Now that I got that situated I can work with some specimens for a while!

    This drawer has been sitting out in the collection space because a summer visitor was interested in studying the specimens within it. We have a spreadsheet that has all the row, cabinet, and drawer numbers – this helped keep things organized as the specimens have undergone two huge moves to get to where they are now. So I searched the drawer number to figure out where it belonged in the collection.

    I am forever grateful for this master list and will spend time adding to it so we know what’s in the contents of the drawers as well. That will make searching for requests much easier! #fossil #event

  • 3 days, 12 hours ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    From the end of the day yesterday:

    The last bit of my #DayOfScience Scienceathon is going to be spent looking through some of the #UMichPaleo #Devonian collections and recording what is where!

    These specimens have undergone two major moves across campus in the past year to end up in this nice off-campus facility. Much of our stratigraphic (organized by time) collection is not well cataloged but is incredibly useful. For instance, I’d like to find some brachiopods to let the young scientist compare her’s to when she arrives this afternoon. So I can pick through the different formation and determine what may look most like her specimens. Or give her a better glimpse into other fossils in the area.

    Since I am new to caring for these collections I have to work to translate what the previous manager and students did in this space. That takes some effort but they left enough bread crumbs for me to follow along and work out the details! #fossil #event

  • 3 days, 13 hours ago
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    Oh… I mean I think crinoid is about as good as it gets for this one!

  • 4 days, 11 hours ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    To start my first #DayOfScience I wanted to start by answering what a collection manager actually… manages. This will vary between institution and position but is generally true. Most facilities have many cabinets of fossils, check out some of my awesome compact-able cabinets! The foundations of a collection manager position are with cataloging, imaging, and properly storing fossil specimens.

    We also share specimens with others, this is often in the form of loans. If a researcher is interested in my fossils but lives pretty far away, I can ship them to that person so they can look at them in their own facility. Loans are commonly for a year long period and then they must be returned. If the interested parties are close they can come visit. Last week I had two researchers interested in using clams to think about seasons in the Pliocene (~5.3-2.58 million years ago). I helped them find formations of interest in our stratigraphic collection and loaned them a few clams to test their ideas.

    I also spend time sharing my knowledge and interacting with the local community. Later today, I’ll have an aspiring paleontologist coming to show me some fossil brachiopods she found near her home. I also attend the local fossil club meetings, which is where you will find experts on the local rocks and fossils of the area. #fossil #event

  • 4 days, 21 hours ago
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    I agree with @mackenzie-smith looks like a dermal scute of some kind.

  • 6 days, 8 hours ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    Meg Veitch was the featured speaker today at the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. Meg spoke on some of her graduate work examining deep sea crinoids. Meg was also wearing a crinoid dress, so perfect! #event

  • 1 week, 2 days ago
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    @jeanette-Pirlo – you totally should! Lots for you to study. And 2 ct scanners! Could be helpful with your work!

  • 1 week, 4 days ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    Drawer of Ancyrocrinus. A crinoid holdfast near and dear to my heart. One of the first paleo projects I worked on was making molds and casts of this anchor structure to test if it could reattach itself to the sediment! I was given so much experimental freedom and am forever grateful! #fossil

  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
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    @kari-wade it looks like a concretion to me! Chalky makes sense. And the material inside should be slightly different. Bone would not be chalky and look more porous.

  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    Probocidian bones all laid out in our open lab at the UMMP collection space! We transported a skull found recently in Chelsea MI to the exhibit space today! #fossil

  • 2 weeks, 5 days ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Hi @kari-wade I don’t think this is bone. The surface and internal features look like a rock, rather than bone.

  • 4 weeks, 1 day ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    @lucy-miraglia plants preserve as carbon films pretty often, which would be the really dark bands.

  • 4 weeks, 1 day ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Thanks, Bill! I didn’t know about the striations so I appreciate the information.

  • 1 month, 1 week ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Lots of Devonian material, @nathan-newell!!

  • 1 month, 1 week ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted an image in the group University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology from the myFOSSIL app

    Drawer of Dalmanites an early Paleozoic trilobite!! Looking for some specimens for a potential visiting researcher! #fossil

  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Hi, @brent-hawkins – any updated information on this specimen? I can tag in @jeanette-prilo who is my go to expert for teeth.
    Did you find the specimen in South Carolina?

  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Hi, @gilandbrenda-funk – It certainly looks trilobite-like to me. I’ll tag in the local expert – @nathan-newell – who can possibly help you narrow down your ID!
    You can minimally update the classification to be: Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Arthropoda > Class Trilobita

    • Yeah, that looks like a trilobite, specifically the glabella (nose). It’ probably an Eldregeops considering how bulbous the nose is. But also check out the brachiopod at the bottom-left of the image! Cool fossils, @gilandbrenda-funk !

  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    @eliana-r – we can narrow in your classification if you are interested in editing the specimen information.
    Kingdom Plantae > Family Lepidodendraceae > Genus Lepidodendron.

  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Hi, @nirmal-rajah – We can include some classification – Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Mollusca > Class Gastropoda . This will help with our new filtering system which will use classification to sort the fossils in our database!

  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
    Jennifer Bauer posted a new activity comment

    Hi, @corinne-daycross – We can update your taxonomy to be Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Chordata > Class Chondrichthyes > Order Carchariniformes > Family Hemigaleidae. I bet if you use the website and use the taxon wizard and type in Hemipristis serra it will populate them for you so you don’t have to manually enter in the information.

    If you collected this with us we were in the Coosawhatchie formation, which is Miocene in age. Let me know if you need any help entering in the data!

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