Solite Excavation: Day 27 and 28

Ray and Alex cleaning the outcrop before starting insect bed collection.

Ray and Alex cleaning the outcrop before starting insect bed collection.

Day 27: Picking up from two weeks ago, Ray and I, along with Alex (Dr. Hastings), headed out to Solite again to continue collecting the exposed insect bed. Due to the focus on the insect bed, we did not find much in the way of Tany.s or plants. Instead we collected ~9 cubic feet of insect bed.

Pit at end of day 27 collected

The random occurrence of the day was when the soles from both of Alex’s boots decided that the abuse from the sharp Solite shale was too much and relieved themselves of their duties.

Alex lost his soles

Day 28: On Saturday, I was greeted by a different looking pit. The foreman had gone in the day before and cleared our excess material from the center of the pit and removed the berm he had created months prior. By doing this, he created the opportunity for us to collect another ~60 cubic feet of material (insects, vertebrates, and plants alike).

The pit post berm removal.

The pit post berm removal. Volunteer, Matthew S., cleaning the newly exposed outcrop.

While volunteer, Matthew S., worked to clean up the newly exposed outcrop, I continued the collection of insect bed. By the end of the day, I was able to collect ~6 cubic feet of material.

Pit at end of day 28 collected

As Matthew was cleaning the outcrop, he came across a partial specimen of Fraxinopsis

Partial Fraxinopsis

Partial Fraxinopsis

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