A Colorful Fossil Discovery

December 2006
Science & Children;Dec2006, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p10
Academic Journal
The article reports that Ohio State University geologists William Ausich, professor of earth sciences, and Christina O'Malley, a doctoral student, and their colleagues isolated the oldest complex organic compounds found in a fossil. They found the compounds in 350-million-year-old fossils of sea creatures known as crinoids. The discovery is considered as the oldest fossils in the study date back to the Mississippian period. The crinoids have flower-like fronds capping skinny stalks about six inches high which has a resemblance of starfish on a stick.


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