Students in the Introduction to Geology lab at the University of Mobile got to try their hands at being “museum curators,“ exploring the contents of several donations to the school.
The students were shown a wall of boxes full of unknown items wrapped in tinfoil and plastic and told to carefully unwrap them to see what they held.
“It’s going to be like opening a treasure chest,” Associate Professor of Biology Steven Carey told the class. “I don’t know what is in some of this.”
Students discovered dinosaur bones, fish fossils, assorted rocks and minerals and various other animal bones in their search.
Pat Gleim donated the rocks and minerals on behalf of her late husband, Dennis Gleim, who collected them during his career as a geologist. The bones are from the Allin fossil collection.
“It’s interesting to unwrap” said Lizzie Barron of Jacksonville, Fla., a senior majoring in vocal performance and musical theatre, as she unwrapped what appeared to be a dinosaur bone.
Carey said the donations have great teaching value as students gain hands-on experience as they sort and identify the rock, mineral and fossil specimens.
Parts of the collections will join the university’s display of rocks, minerals, and fossils on the third floor of Weaver Hall. Other parts will be used in classroom instruction, and some material may be donated to public and private schools in the Mobile-Baldwin County area.
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(Article and photos by Alisha Britnell, an intern in the University of Mobile Media Relations Office. Britnell is a sophomore majoring in English.)
Steve Carey and University of Mobile students examine collection of rocks, minerals