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College of Arts and Sciences

Through wind and dust

By: Colton Poore
Cornell Research
March 5, 2020

"There is something cathartic about smashing rocks on a hillside, miles away from civilization, in pursuit of fossils. Each swing of the hand-pick uncovers part of a mystery. A crack forms, then deepens, and suddenly the rock splits open—to reveal a fossil or reveal nothing. A fossil is set aside. An empty rock is tossed down the hillside. The process repeats—onto the next rock."

That's the beginning of a Cornell Research piece written by Colton Poore '20, an Arts & Sciences student and one of two undergraduate researchers working under María Alejandra Gandolfo-Nixon, associate professor of plant biology, and a team of researchers looking for fossils in Patagonia, Argentina. He is a double major in biological sciences and English. 

Read the story on the Cornell Research website.