A mechanical preparation of Rhynie chert fossils

Finney, S. M. and Anderson, L. I. (2011) A mechanical preparation of Rhynie chert fossils. The Geological Curator, 9 (3). pp. 207-211.

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The Early Devonian Rhynie cherts represent the surface deposits of a subaerial hot spring system. Historically palaeobotanists have studied the exceptionally pre- served early land plants contained within the cherts by mounting thin sections of the rock on glass microscope slides. Investigation of plant morphology and life habitat has relied on reconstruction from consecutive serial sections with the inherent loss of information at the blade width scale. Here we detail the previously unrealised potential for some of the Rhynie chert beds to respond well to mechanical preparation. Recognition that some chert beds may be prepared in this way provides an additional technique for the continued investigation of the flora and fauna of this important fossil locality. The technique might find wider application in the investigation of other more recently discovered fossil-bearing sinters worldwide.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2011AREP; IA63;
Subjects: 04 - Palaeobiology
99 - Other
Divisions: 99 - Other
Journal or Publication Title: The Geological Curator
Volume: 9
Page Range: pp. 207-211
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2011 11:51
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2013 10:02
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/2250

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