An awesome find – a possible worm?

Posted: January 22, 2013 by Tina Duver in Organic Findings, Pictures, Sorting and Blogging

Scientists know that glaciers in the Pleistocene period wiped out all earthworm species present in Canada and the Northern Continental United States. The line the glaciers extended to in this period is known as the Wisconsin Glacier Line. The Southern limit of this line extends across Southern New York and Northern Pennsylvania. The Mastodon in our mastodon project might have been found very close to that Southern New York Line!

Here is a picture that Nicole was able to take with her iPad through the lens of the Stereoscope!!  It looks just like a worm to us, so we sent a picture to Dr. Buckler to get her thoughts.

Worm?! Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 1.50.06 PM

  1. Wow – this is so cool!! Great Job! Yes – there were worms in the area; the glaciers, as you say, didn’t kill them all off this far South. The rings are unusual, and it would be particularly interesting if a soft-bodied creature such as a worm were kept intact for thousands of years, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t happen. I’ve seen far stranger things fossilized for hundreds of thousands of years – I can’t wait to see it in person! Thank you all so much for doing this!

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