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The Lauer Foundation Announces Acquisition of Triassic Microfossil Site & Collection

Updated: Apr 25, 2022

The Lauer Foundation is pleased to announce it has purchased a small plot of land in northeast New Mexico. The parcel contains a rich abundance of microfossil material from the Chinle Group, (Late Triassic).

The collaborative project Homestead-Garita Creek, will provide site access for field study and research opportunities by our project partners. The site will provide private access for use with their students, staff and research associates for the study, collection and research of Triassic fossils. Our project partners include specialists from Appalachian State University, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, and the Natural History Museum, London. Collectively, our project partners service students which include undergraduate, graduate, and Phd students; and research staff and associates from NHMUK. Each project specialist has extensive expertise in the Triassic and brings their own unique approaches to the project. The outcrop provides opportunities to study a diverse assemblage of Triassic microfossils which have the potential to yield new discoveries. Learning opportunities also abound with different strategies utilized by each institution. Special thanks to Larry Martin and Betty Reid Martin for making this opportunity become a reality.

We would like thank our colleagues for their contributions and commitment to collaborate on this project. We can’t wait to see what will be discovered. Thanks to: David Ward, Alison Ward, Andy Heckert, Sterling Nesbitt, Michelle Stocker, Paul Barrett, and Simon Wills.


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