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Western Society of Malacologists 2008 Fieldtrip to Capitola, CA, June 8, 2008

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The meeting site, Menlo Park
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U.S. Geological Survey
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2007 President, Carlos and daughter
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Visitor to WSM bbq
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Vicky, Prof. Ee, Ashley, Raed
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Tracy & Laney in SF
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Field trip leaders, Chuck (2008 WSM President) & Frank
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Field trip participants
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1st stop: New Brighton State Beach
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Fossil whale bones
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Shells from Purisima Formation, Pliocene (approx. 3 MYBP)
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Sally is taphonomy expert
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Fossil ghost shrip burrows
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Skates with kelp wrack
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Fossil shark tooth (found after storm on previous visit by fossil enthusiast)
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Lottia cf. paradigitalis
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Lottia austrodigitalis
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Lottia austrodigitalis
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Lottia austrodigitalis
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Lottia scabra
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Lottia scabra
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Lottia cf. pelta (L) and L. austrodigitalis
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Phyllospadix torreyi
(narrow surf grass)
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"Lottia" paleacea
(surfgrass limpet)
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Lottia scabra
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Mopalia muscosa
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Fossil whale ribs
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Brandt's (?) cormorants nesting
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Fossil whale bones
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Neil and Kelvin
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Chuck and Sally
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Nora
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Fossil baleen whale jaw
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Crepidula princeps
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Calyptrea was common in the Crepidula beds
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Snail (unidentified)
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Fossil mudflat burrows
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Fossil mudflat burrows
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Fossil whale ribs
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Papa Dave sang "Gasoline"
Download short movie here
(135 mb, right-click to download)
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Fossil auk humerus
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New Brighton State Beach
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2nd stop: Seacliff State Beach
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1955 vintage trailer
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Seacliff has small interpretive center with fossil, biodiversity, and historical displays
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Frank was behind the creation of the fossil displays
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Fossil whale bones outside interpretive center (from New Brighton)
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A valuable contribution to interpreting the sea cliff fossils
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Spisula beds
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Sally
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Karen
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Chuck
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Mya (?)
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Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
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Pleasure Point
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Pleasure Point
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Partly articulated Pleistocene fossil found by Frank
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Tentative: Lepidozona sp. or Mopalia sp.
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Articulated chiton fossils are rare!
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Field notes for fossil chiton
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Pleistocene fossils reported by Addicott
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Nassarius spp. (compare with snail next to fossil chiton)
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Frank

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