found this upstate

Natural history lovers young and old came to the Museum today for Identification Day, an event where Museum scientists are available to identify natural history specimens belonging to visitors.

Carl Mehling of the Paleontology Department (pictured above), had a number of highlights from the day. One visitor brought in a mammoth tooth, while another brought in coprolite, the scientific name for fossilized poop, likely from a marine reptile. Carl was also able to identify a chunk of modern whale jaw, found on a beach in Fire Island, purely by touch!

Adam Watson of the Anthropology Department (above), was excited about a visitor’s Archeulean hand-axe from Libya, as well as Archaic and Woodland Period projectile points that a visitor had found on his property by Lake Champlain.

Céline Martin of the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department (pictured on right), reported seeing many great samples, including a quartz crystal with mica and garnets, brought in by a newly minted rock collector, only four years old! 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated in ID Day, and we’ll see you again in 2016.

Hooray, today is #IDday! Museum scientists will be available from 12–4 to help identify your mystery objects. More info: 

 These feathers were found in upstate New York. Think you can guess which birds they belong to? We’ll update with the answer later today! 

Update: Ornithology Collections Manager Paul Sweet has identified the feather on the left as belonging to a blue jay and the feather on the right as likely being a Baltimore oriole tail feather.