Register Groups Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Like Tree4Likes
  • 4 Post By Ndnsoldierboy

Forum Home - Go Back > General > Native Life > News NDN student finds fossil, Named in her honor NDN student finds fossil, Named in her honor

Reply LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-03-2014, 04:01 PM   #1
It is useless to resist.
 
Ndnsoldierboy's Avatar
 
Items ElephantDevilPresentGuitar
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Ndnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond repute
Ndnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond reputeNdnsoldierboy has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Home of the Brave
Posts: 39,617
Credits: 101,395.84
Savings: 52.80
Thumbs up NDN student finds fossil, Named in her honor

Tribal Tribune from Nespelem, WA.


• Thu, Feb 13, 2014

The 'Belgardae'


Paschal Sherman Indian School student Azure Rain Belgarde discovered a unique fossil four years ago on a field trip here at Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site.

“When I found the fossil, I showed my mom and she thought it was ugly,” said Belgarde, 13, with a laugh. “She told me to put it back, but I kept it and had it checked because I thought it was really interesting and different.”

In January, scientists named the new species of big-headed fly in her honor: “Metanephrocerus belgardeae.”

“I didn’t expect them to name the fossil after me but when I found out I was stoked,” exclaimed Belgarde.

Dr. Bruce Archibald, a professor at Simon Fraser University, would be the Paleoentomologist to study and confirm the fossils identity as a big-headed fly.

Archibald noted the Republic fossils offer a clear window into a time in history when the world was being formed.

“The family of flies today has a variety of subgroups; what we can find from these fossils — one from Republic and several from British Columbia — is once this family appears they modify into major groupings, meaning they developed quickly,” explained Archibald.

“It was cool that I found something rare. There were flowers and stuff and I found a fly,” said Belgarde “it was a really cool experience, I would like to go back again and try and find another fossil.”

Michael Sternberg, an employee at SRIC, stated the interpretive center has “had between 6,000-9,000 visitors per year over the last six years.” With so many visitors, a discovery of a new fossil is very uncommon.

Visitors that collect at SRIC are allowed to keep up to three fossils per day. Staff examine any fossils visitors bring back and make identifications when possible. With fossils that are kept, visitors receive a sheet that describes the type or name of the fossil. Any remaining fossils are set aside and used to give out at education outreach visits to schools and organizations by SRIC.

Belgarde recalled her experience the day she found the fly fossil saying, “I was up in the wall and I think I chipped out the fly fossil because it wasn’t on the ground level.”

When a scientifically significant fossil is examined, SRIC retains it for further study or inclusion in their collections.

“The person who found the fossil is asked to provide contact information (name, address, etc.)” said Sternberg, “the information is recorded on our accession slip and stays with the fossil forever.”

Dr. Archibald stated he studies the fossils to use as finger prints to help explain climate change and better understand the formation of new ecosystems that were occurring at the time.

If a fossil is confirmed to be rare , as in the case of the Belgarde’s big-headed fly, a letter is sent to the finder with a photocopied image of the fossil included, thanking them for their contribution to the collection and science.

Belgarde’s experience matched SRIC’s protocol as she recalled, “a couple years after [the discovery], I got a letter in the mail saying that they were checking it out. Then this year we got another letter saying it was confirmed a special fossil.”

However, SRIC also has a procedure in the case that a fossil is not rare. “If it is later determined by one of our visiting scientists that the specimen is not needed for the collections, we will return the fossil to the finder at a later date,” affirmed Sternberg.

Belgarde has really interesting to find all these little fossils; “I found a bunch of flowers and I still have them in a little box at home.”

Although lots of insects have been found at SRIC there are not many in this family noted Dr. Archibald. His final thoughts on the new discovery are that “anyone can contribute; anyone can make a difference..”

Belgarde encourages anyone interested in fossil digging to give it a try. “We didn’t know it was going to be anything special,” said Belgarde “at least try it because it’s a really fun experience and one you’ll never forget.”

— The Tribune

Congrats on the find and awesome to have a extinct species named in your honor!!!
Attached Thumbnails
belgarde.jpg  
__________________

R.I.P. my Bros from the 1st MAR DIV, 3rd MAR DIV, 25th I.D., 10th MTN DIV, V Corps, 170th IBCT who gave their lives in the Cold War, Marines we lost in Korea during Team Spirit '89 & Okinawa '89- bodies never recovered, Panama, 1st Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq...





Ndnsoldierboy is offline   Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Old 03-08-2014, 11:41 PM   #2
Frybread glutton
 
Fang's Avatar
 
Items Treasure Chest
User InfoThanks / Tagging InfoGifts / Achievements / AwardsvBActivity Stats
Fang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond repute
Fang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond reputeFang has a reputation beyond repute
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Maryland
Posts: 495
Credits: 19,752.57
Savings: 0.00
That's actually pretty interesting. I wonder how many things (or people) in our lives we've overlooked, thinking they're nothing.
Fang is offline   Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Post military news here. **jdazmum** War Discussion 754 11-12-2019 05:38 PM
Haskell student finds herself graduated against her will. Zeke Native Issues 2 02-02-2009 07:35 PM
More on Sgt Peralta and the rejected Medal of Honor... 50cal War Discussion 2 09-22-2008 03:06 PM
American Indian veteran to receive posthumous honor Historian Native Issues 0 04-26-2007 08:27 AM
Wisconsin boy named Outstanding Native American Student of The Year 5lilndns Native Issues 4 04-09-2007 03:48 PM

    

Join the online community forum celebrating Native American Culture, Pow Wows, tribes, music, art, and history.

Join PowWows.com Today!

Your Guide to Native American Pow Wows Since 1996

Register For Free

Enjoy the benefits of being a member of PowWows.com!

Join our Native American online community focused on Pow Wow singing, dancing, crafts, Native American music, Native American videos, and more.

Add your Pow Wow to our Calendar

Share your photos and videos

Play games, enter contests, and much more!






New Threads

Pow Wow Calendar Search

 
Month: Year:

Location:
Facebook Profile Images

Videos

Featured Articles

Dance Styles

Crafts

Gallery