Investigating the preservation of ancient organic microfossils

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This photo from Ross shows the range of samples he is analyzing and how he prepares them to be ready for X-ray diffraction analysis

Briggs Lab graduate student Ross Anderson has been working in the Tosca Lab in Oxford recently. He has been using usingĀ X-ray diffraction to study clay minerals from Neoproterozoic fossils of exceptional organic preservation (called ‘lagerstatten’). His goal is to try to understand the processes and mechanisms of organic microfossil preservation and to reconstruct the biology, and environmental conditions and perturbations of the Neoproterozoic.