Conodonts in the Nature Park: Exploring Our History
Are conodonts present in the Nature Park? Can we identify them and use them to determine the age of the rocks in the Nature Park? Do the specimens we find in the Nature Park match the species found in previous studies of the Ste. Genevieve Limestone? To answer these questions, we processed limestone samples by manually extracting them and crushing those samples. We then dry sieved samples using 18-20 micron pans, and then combined sorted grains with 10% acetic acid. Those contents were wet sieved with 60 and 120 microns pans. This method allowed us to extract approximately 30 specimens to be examined under a scope for the identification process. Using the multi element approach, we were able to identify P, S, and M series elements. Ozarkodina, Spathognathodus, and Neoprioniodus were most commonly identified and found in both the upper and lower layers of the quarry wall. Some specimens that were only expected to be found in St. Louis Limestone were found in our outcrop, which we initially hypothesized to be the Ste. Genevieve Limestone. Explanations for these results could be that the quarry falls partially in the Ste. Genevieve and the St. Louis Limestone or there were potential errors made in the identification process, resulting in incorrect placement of the boundary. Our data was inconclusive and would require further research to bring more conclusive results.
Kaiser, Emily G.; Allen, Lannea; and Cope, T. PhD, "Conodonts in the Nature Park: Exploring Our History" (2021). Annual Student Research Poster Session. 65.