Uncovering marine mysteries
Suzan Bellincampi shows what a Bryzoan looks like. They are commonly found on the bottom of boats, pilings, and shells, like the whelk shown here. Photos by Susan Safford
Last Saturday, 400-million-year-old visitors got a bath courtesy of Felix Neck Wildlife Preserve. The guests were marine fossils from the Ordovician period. The Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute and Felix Neck teamed up for an educational and fun afternoon with the artifacts.
Fred Hotchkiss, director of the Marine and Paleobiological Research Institute, shows Sam Rollins the intricate part of a fossil.
Ms. Walker described the fossils: "What we have here are mostly castings. If you found a periwinkle and filled it with mud, the mud would mineralize and the shell would disintegrate over time, over thousands and millions of years. What's left is the mold of what used to be."