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When I retired I cleaned out my classroom and found a collection of 25 glass vials from Ward Scientific containing sand samples with microfossils. I immediately thought they would make a perfect addition to the sand website.

The only problem was there were no labels for the samples, only identification numbers.

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How microfossils were collected at Site #1 As previously noted, most road cuts are off limits to diggers.We are granted rights to surface collect in many roadside areas (not interstates or major state highways) but signs of digging have caused us to loose the right to surface collect on several occasions.The Bellbrook sample did not come from the Ward's collection.The sample was contributed by a geology student from University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.Some material I've washed only requires a few hours, while the Brookville material, I allow to soak for at least 3 days, changing the water at least once a day.

To change the water, first agitate (stir) the water with your hands to allow vegetation and mud to become suspended in the water.This page has a link from Harvard University's Encyclopedia of Life Project on the Fossil Finds Page!This page was recognized by December 2010's NSTA Reports.Many fossil groups are used for biostratigraphy in New Zealand.Large fossils (macrofossils), such as trilobites, graptolites or molluscs, have long been used by geologists to determine the ages of sedimentary rocks.Examples of New Zealand fossils that are useful for identifying how old rocks are: Microfossils and biostratigraphy Microfossils are especially important for dating geological sequences in most sediments from the Cenozoic Era (65–0 Ma).