Scientists Sink Teeth into Fossils at MOSH's 'Road Show'; Experts Give Details on Age, Value of Items for Museum Visitors

By Patton, Charlie | The Florida Times Union, August 21, 2011 | Go to article overview

Scientists Sink Teeth into Fossils at MOSH's 'Road Show'; Experts Give Details on Age, Value of Items for Museum Visitors


Patton, Charlie, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Charlie Patton

Jacksonville resident Laurie Cauthon says she and her husband love to go on "what we call safaris," where they collect interesting rocks and other objects.

Saturday, she brought a bag full of them to the Museum of Science &

History, where a panel of experts was holding an "archaeology road show."

After others panelists had identified some of her objects as a whale vertebra, a piece of petrified wood and a fossilized bone, she showed a shell to Harry Lee, a retired physician who is author of "Marine Shells of Florida."

He told her it was recent. When she asked what recent meant, he said "less than 10,000 years old."

"If less than 10,000 years old is recent, I feel much better about myself," joked Cauthon.

Christy Turner, MOSH's director of education, said by rough count about 150 people came to talk to the panel, which included an anthropologist, an archaeologist, a professor of earth science, a marine geologist and Lee, the shell expert. This was MOSH's second "archaeology road show." Given the turnout, Turner said there could be another.

Ed Fite and his granddaughter, Abbie, came with a variety of objects he has been pulling out of rivers while diving for the past 40 years, including a mastadon tooth, a sloth toe, a camel jaw and two cloth shoes, one for an adult, one for a child, that he suspects are from the Civil War era.

"I love all his stuff," Abbie said. "In his house he has tables covered with all his stuff."

Does his wife, who didn't come to the road show, also love all his stuff?

He laughed. "I have to let her answer that."

'FASCINATING' SWORD

Sybil Taylor brought an old sword that Sarah Miller, director of the Florida Public Archaeology Network's Northeast Region, said appeared to be from the 1830s or 1840s.

Her father found it 55 years ago in Perry while digging his wife a flower garden, Taylor said.

"Thank you for bringing it in," Miller said. "It's fascinating."

Joe and Vanessa Warren showed a collection of pottery, possibly pre-Columbian, they had bought in Central America to Brad Bigelow, who teaches anthropology at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

"A lot of it is tourist rubbish, which we thought was tourist rubbish," Vanessa Warren said.

But Bigelow was impressed with several pieces.

"We're very pleased," Vanessa Warren said. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Scientists Sink Teeth into Fossils at MOSH's 'Road Show'; Experts Give Details on Age, Value of Items for Museum Visitors
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

    Already a member? Log in now.