Lab 3D dig guru Holly Little arrived safely at the Copiapo Airport, as planned, this past Thursday afternoon. She spent nearly 24 hours in transit to get there, where she then met up with Carolina and the large contingent of students from Universidad de Chile, many of whom have ongoing research projects related to the material. Holly has been with them ever since, and slowly immersing herself into what I colloquially call Gondwana time.
The team in an area called Los Negros (see Valenzuela-Toro et al. 2013). They are carefully documenting and collecting a newly discovered fossil dolphin skeleton from this locality. (Photo: H. Little)
I'll report more on Holly's work at Cerro Ballena in a bit, but I wanted to share some of her initial shakedown time learning the ropes as a vertebrate paleontologist. Holly's degrees in digital information management and archiving actually have a lot more to do finding fossils than you might think, and that's one of the many reasons she's boots on the ground. Also, there's no better education than fieldwork! So, the Chileans have been teaching her how to prospect, read rock outcrops and when to drop down and really look carefully.