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Ancient Microworlds

The Ancient Microworlds exhibit unites the worlds of photography and paleontology to produce rarely seen visions into past life. The exhibit demonstrates the combined talents of Giraud Foster, a physician, archaeologist, and photographer and Norman Barker, a scientific photographer and their desire to introduce people to the world of fossils as seen through the lens of a microscope.

Through the use of high-magnification photography, these images shatter the barrier between science and art allow the visitor to explore remarkable specimens that are traditionally only seen in complete form. The specimens featured in the photographs range from micro-organisms to petrified trees and leaves, all fossilized by earth's geologic processes.

Ancient Microworlds presents a new and innovative approach to looking at fossils and introduces you to their astonishing beauty.

This breathtaking exhibit opens March 10 and runs through September 25, 2007 in the exhibit hallway next to the SBC Theater.

Admission to the exhibit is included with your entry fee!

For more information, please call 254-710-1110.

Remember to bring your camera and make memories of this fun time with your family!

araucaria mirabilis

Copyright 2003 Giraud Foster & Norman Barker
Araucaria mirabilis
Patagonia, Argentina
(Dernbach Collection)

This cone has seeds that even contain embryos, which appear as the oblong bodies along the margin of the interior of the cone.

Guairea carnieri

Copyright 2003 Giraud Foster & Norman Barker
Guairea carnieri
(Dernbach Collection)

The pink circular structure in the upper left is the trunk or stem, in which vascular bundles encircle the light pink inner pith (central soft tissue) of the stem. The horseshoe-shaped structures in the remainder of the picture are the veins in the bases of the leaves, and the small dots are roots. This plant was a fern very much like the present-day Osmunda.

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