Blog Posts Tagged "fossils"

Palaeontologists: Counting the Little Things

The JOIDES Resolution is like some sort of elite  dream-team, brought together with a single purpose: plundering the watery grave of time. But unlike in Hollywood, which might have a team of safe-crackers, con-men, and explosives experts, our team has sedimentologists, geochemists, and explosives experts.

Exp359. 24th Oct. Why are they looking for fossils ?!

When they have a core of deep sea sediments , the scientists have to make an age determination.

How might they determine sample's age?

There are a lot of microfossils in oceanic sediments and they provide a basis for age determination. The paleontologists studying sedimentary sequences  have established first appearences and extinction of species through time.