Arriving in Dunedin
These tree ferns stand outside the hallowed halls of the Otago University Geology Museum. During our trip to the South Island, we will be spending a lot of time working in the lab and museum in this building. Dr. R. Ewan Fordyce, discoverer of many incredible marine fossils ranging from penguins to whales, will be hosting us.
Things are always busy in the Geology Museum, with fossil preparation, geological dating from microfossils, exhibit creation, and even whale dissections occurring in the average month. We are getting into some exciting work preparing, sampling and interpreting new penguin fossils. In the photo below, Dr. Paul Brinkman begins exposing bones from a juvenile fossil penguin skeleton, one of the only examples of its kind. We hope to determine the species and learn how this ancient animal grew over the next few days and weeks. More from the lab, and from the field, soon!