Archive for November, 2012

Flotation Analysis/Rock Sorting

Posted: November 30, 2012 by Tina Duver in Pictures

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Mastodon Clone?

Posted: November 30, 2012 by Tina Duver in Ask our Expert!

Hi Dr. Buckler,

Mrs. Duver told us you were a molecular geneticist. We are wondering if there has been anything found on this mastodon dig that would allow the mastodon to be cloned? We learned about the baby mammoth from Siberia, but we did not know if a mastodon DNA has ever been collected.  Do scientists try to clone extinct plants as well?

The CHP number

Posted: November 29, 2012 by Tina Duver in Ask our Expert!

Dear Dr. Buckler,

We were wondering about the importance of the number on the bag.  We think it has to do with the depth and location of where it was found.  Do scientists have a map of the area?  Do the numbers tell us how deep or far away it was? If people find something cool in one bag, do you find the nearby bags and look in their as well?

Thank you,

Allendale Columbia 6th grade Science Class

Andrew’s Assessment of the Matrix

Posted: November 29, 2012 by Tina Duver in Sorting and Blogging
I thought that the matrix would be one big peace of soil we had to dig through. Not, a lot of little prices to look through, but I am glad it is only little pieces. I found two blades of grass, or hair, I am not sure which of the two. I have a question about one rock our team found, it almost looked like a fossil with twigs in it. Very tiny though.

Today was awesome! Everything was better than expected. An intact shell was
found before we really even started. The sample was just like I expected, except, there
was much more to be found than I thought there would be. There was sticks and some
small grasslike things for flora, what my group found the most of. I also found a weird
small orange thing, it was very interesting to look at. So far this year, for first days of
projects, this was the best.

Maeve’s Mastodon Musings!

Posted: November 28, 2012 by Tina Duver in Sorting and Blogging, Uncategorized

It was so much fun to do the matrix, It looked different then I thought it would it looked like dirt you would find if you dug a hole in your back yard, but it held lots of ten thousand year old artifacts. Our group found pieces of stick and plant in our dirt, and an unknown object. It was very interesting to do this and I learned a little bit of what it would be like to be a scientist looking though the dirt. I can’t wait to do more tomorrow !

JoJo’s Observations and Expectations, Day 1

Posted: November 28, 2012 by Tina Duver in Sorting and Blogging

I thought that it wasn’t the way I expected it to look because I thought that the dirt would be a light brown not gray. One cool thing I found was what looked like a teeny tiny finger bone and a little stick. Except we don’t know totally that it was a little finger bone.