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Earth and biological sciences to hold ‘Incredible Fossils’ class

This is one example of the incredible preservation exhibited by the fossil lobsters in a new discovery in Montana.
This is one example of the incredible preservation exhibited by the fossil lobsters in a new discovery in Montana.
The department of earth and biological sciences invites those interested in fossils to attend the course “Incredible Fossils” (NSCI 288) to be taught spring quarter.

 Paul Buchheim, PhD, professor of geology, and Torrey Nyborg, PhD student in earth science, will teach the class. Dr. Buchheim has spent three decades studying the world-famous Green River Formation   in Wyoming, which contains millions of beautifully preserved fossils. This will be the subject of four hours of lectures.

Mr. Nyborg is teaming up with Dr. Buchheim to present his exciting experiences in exploring fossils. Mr. Nyborg has extensive experience with fossils and has published several papers on fossil crabs, his specialty. He will present his findings on fossil crabs, as well as share compelling new discoveries of giant fossil lobsters from Montana.

“The class will include one or more field trips to some very exciting fossil locat
Leonard Brand, PhD, and his team unearthed this whale fossil in the Peruvian desert. He will be making a presentation in the �Incredible Fossils� class.
Leonard Brand, PhD, and his team unearthed this whale fossil in the Peruvian desert. He will be making a presentation in the “Incredible Fossils” class.
ions,” says Dr. Buchheim, “including one of the most prolific fossil trackway sites in the world in Copper Canyon in Death Valley.”

This site is closed to the public. However, Mr. Nyborg will be able to take the class to the site since he has made Copper Canyon his PhD dissertation topic.

Leonard Brand, PhD, professor of biology and paleontology, and chair of the department of earth and biological sciences, School of Science and Technology, has been invited to present a special lecture on beautifully preserved fossil whales that he has been studying in Peru. Leroy Leggitt, PhD, DDS, assistant professor of geology and associate professor of orthodontics, will be making a presentation on incredible fossil insects from the nearby Barstow Formation, 70 miles north of Loma Linda.

Other topics will include the Burgess Shale trilobites, stromatolites, dinosaurs, mammals from nearby Diamond Lake Reservoir, and 3-D fossil fish from Brazil.

This class is designed for the layperson. No previous geology background is required. It will meet on Wednesday evenings, spring quarter, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning March 28 in Griggs Hall, room 105. The course will be composed primarily of staff and faculty from the University and Medical Center. For further information, contact Dr. Buchheim by e-mailing him at <pbuchheim@llu.edu> or by calling extension 48904.

By Patricia Thio

TODAY news for Thursday, February 12, 2007