A Game of Chance

Posted: April 3, 2013 by Lindsay E Zanno in -Fossil Feather Hide & Seek, Field Blog, Uncategorized

Today is a great day in the fossil lab.  You can feel the excitement in the air (oh and a hefty bit of dusty earth too).  Why, you ask?  Because it is packing day!

Tomorrow we leave for a ludicrous, whirlwind expedition where we will attempt to find some of the most elusive fossils on earth. That’s right, we are time traveling back to the Cretaceous of what is now Alabama to hunt for rare “fossilized” feathers.  Where does the ludicrous part come in?  Well, we only have a few days to dig at this particular site and we’ve been told it took 10 months of work to find just 16 feathers at this locality.  So… chances are good that we will come up short after three days of grueling work.  For good or bad, this is not a particular concern for me.  I’ve never had a problem playing against the odds.

We intend to post updates throughout the expedition staring with the packing up process today.  What goes into packing the 4×4 for a fossil collecting expedition?  In this case, not half as much as usual since it is such a short trip and we are not camping (the site is in the middle of an urban area).  But, half as much as usual is still a lot of gear.

Let the packing begin…

The pile begins.

The pile begins.

 

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Comments
  1. Marissa says:

    WOW!! Good luck and have fun!!!

  2. Gary Fields says:

    Sounds like a very interesting trip. I look forward to the results summary if you find feathered fossils. I am in the process of building a fully articulated Therizinosaur hand and forearm complete with resin cast claws and feathers. This will be a part of a museum display depicting dinosaurs with feathers along with existing fossil records and actual feather fossils. Good Luck!

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