Thursday, February 25, 2010


I'm having trouble getting people to write for this blog, so here I am again. One of my current projects is with Carol Stadum and we're looking at the fossils from middle Miocene limestone deposits in southern Orange County. These deposits are interesting in their history (rocks from these limestones were used for cement for the San Juan Capistrano Mission), geology, and fauna and I'm sure I'll have more to say on them in the future. Right now I need a little help.

Attached is a picture of a ... I'm guessing a Turridae, from these deposits. The picture is of a latex cast and the specimen is less than 1 cm long. Any idea what the genus might be? Or, if I even got the family right (I know I've heard it already - its a Turd). The spiral ribs and whorls that overlap the previous whorl reminds me of something but I can't think of what. Any help would be appreciated.

Charles Powell, II

1 comment:

Kevin said...

Can't help with identifying fossils, but I'd be glad to write a blog post for you (If I could figure out how to get one to you---you don't seem to have contact info on the web).

The blog would be about a new (unfunded) project at UCSC: sequencing the genome of the campus mascot banana slug Ariolimax dolichophallus.