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This Summerterm classroom is located in North Dakota, and it
have a roof.
By Liz Johnston ’03
|From left, Tim Bouchard ’03, Pembroke, N.H.; Graham Davies ’04,
Malvern, Pa; Ed Cavallerano ’03, Sudbury, Mass.; and Matt
Bartkiewicz ’05, Amesbury, Mass., pose in the North Dakota
Badlands with the upper half of an eight-foot-diameter, 55-million-year-old
petrified stump of Metasequoia, ancestor to the Dawn Redwood tree
found in China today. The students found the stump rooted in the
clay bed from which they were hoping to excavate fossil crocodile
bones during last summer’s course “Almost Digging Dinosaurs,” led
by Chapin Professor of Geology Mark Erickson.
“Field courses add another dimension to academics at SLU,” says
Chapin Professor of Geology Mark Erickson, who has led a Summerterm
course, Almost Digging Dinosaurs, in North Dakota’s Badlands
three times since 1995.
Erickson describes his course as an introduction to vertebrate paleontology,
in which students spend a month during the summer looking for and excavating
fossils and learning techniques of fossil preparation. The group spends
about half the time camping out and exploring in the field, and the
other half working in the North Dakota Heritage Center, where they
learn how to clean and prepare the fossils they have discovered.