I spent most of my day today hunched over a lab table, sifting through a bag of fossilized peat, trying to pick up the tattered and compressed leaves and stems of ancient angiosperms and gymnosperms. Anyone who’s had a similar experience (forams, anyone?) knows that such work is not what is going to show up on the Discovery Channel when someone asks a paleontologist what their work is like, but it’s important nonetheless. I hope to get my part of the research done by next week so the paper it is relevant to can start on its way to print, and even though it’s a good way away I’ll announce when it will end up being published.
Picking up the pieces…5 07 2007