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Paleontology Field Work Season Again!

I'll be heading up to East Central Arizona this week for a couple days of track hunting and assisting with an excavation of Permian tracks from the Hermit Shale on Tuesday. I'm meeting Paleontologist Dr. Spencer Lucas and a small team near the base of the Mogollon Rim northeast of Payson to 3D scan the tracks in situ before (and if) they are actually collected.  I'll include updates with new discoveries in my blog as we go along. Even though some of the areas I cover are fairly remote, I still get 4G wireless with Verizon where I camp so I have internet access in the morning and evening. 

For those of you not familiar with my track research, I have discovered 94 sets of early mammal-like reptile tracks now in the Coconino Sandstone over the past 4 years. I'm not able to disclose the exact location because the research is happening on Federal land and is under Federal permit. The first paper will be published this Summer with Dr. Lucas as the main author. 

I'm lucky enough to have Sunday through Tuesday off again this Summer and don't have to be back for work until Wednesday evenings. That means lots of trips to the Mogollon Rim, where at 7,500 ft. elevation the weather is much cooler than down here in the Phoenix Valley during the summer. Average daytime temperatures there are 75 degrees vs well over 100 near Phoenix, and the nighttime sky up there is clear and full of stars.  It's only about 100 miles away, yet the higher elevation makes all the difference in the world.

Here's an example of a 3D scan I did last year using the SCANN3D app for Android.

 

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