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Fossil Section Front Steps Dig
In the August Fossil Section meeting we had a unique opportunity to collect fossils from a bucket of material donated by GMS member Al Klatt (collected by Chuck Ferrara). The material is from the SMR Aggregates pit in Sarasota, FL, and according to Chuck the fossils are from the Tamiami formation, also known as the Pinecrest beds, upper Pliocene 1.3 to 2.8 MYO, phase 8-9-10. For more information about the fossils found there, please see an excellent description of the site at the Fossil Forum here and a superb field trip guidebook (pdf) written by SEGS members here.
August 8, 2016
There were so many fossils in the sediment that we had enough to have a second session to go through them! Trying to beat a setting sun and a brief rainfall, we didn't identify everything we collected on the spot, but we will have fun with identification later. As and additional treat, we had ice-cold watermelon left over from a recent field trip and some fruit that Margaret brought. The watermelon was donated by the Roswell Lions Club and was a refreshing end to an enjoyable Fossil Section meeting.
Photos by Lori Carter
The sand came out of the bucket in a cube...
...so Martha poured water over it
Then everyone dug right in
It was easy to find fossils
They must have found something interesting
They were a blur!
David and Mary worked out of another tub
Kitchen sieves worked perfectly
Martha used this little wire basket...
...and got these
Larry found these in his first handful of sand
Nice big shell
Larry found this complete shell
And Mary found one too!
Morrison found this awesome specimen
Look at the color of this one!
Watermelon from the Roswell Lions Club was a cool way to end the dig
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