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Hundreds of fossils lay forgotten in the basement of Guyot. One sophomore is working to change that.

February 18th, 2020

The great fossil collection in Guyot was all but forgotten until Andrew Xu ’22 found out about the collection while preparing for a high school Science Olympiad fossils competition. Xu now maintains the collection with the help of the Geosciences department.

“The specimens were uncataloged, misplaced, or unidentified. I asked if I could curate them and preserve them for however long they are useful,” said Xu on the subject of maintenance. “My current project is to catalog this information and digitize it for future research,” he said.

Xu spent his summer before sophomore year working to catalog the collection. Initially, the collection had a master catalog, which has since been lost. Thus, many objects remain unclassified, and of limited scientific value.

Xu has worked to remake old labels and re-catalog some items, as well as organize them into more useful categories.

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