After several months of learning how to ship pallets and negotiating prices, our pallet full of Natural Trap Cave Matrix has arrived from Des Moines! We now have 1300 lbs of sacks containing soil, rocks, and (most importantly) fossils from Natural Trap Cave’s latest excavations. Each of these sacks was collected with careful, fine-scale stratigraphy so that we can pinpoint specific events that occurred during Natural Trap Cave’s depositional history. We will begin processing these matrix sacks next semester. This means sieving off all of the sediment so that we have a concentrated rock-fossil matrix to pick all of the fossils out of. It’s a really fun process, and this new matrix is going to provide us the resolution to address some really cool questions!