Research

We are using GIRI to study a wide variety of scientifc questions. Listed below is a small subset of the samples we have recently worked on. As always, please contact us if you would like to know more about our research or wish to propose a collaboration using a specimen of your interest!

Cloudina

A three dimensional reconstruction of Cloudina from fill in between two microbial mounds in Zebra River, Namibia..
Description
Understanding what Cloudina, one of the first biomineralizing organisms, was doing in ancient reefs. This work was published in PNAS.
Location
Driedoornvlakte, Namibia, Zebra River, Namibia and Salient Mountain, Canada
Age
~545 Ma

Namacalathus

A flipbook showing serial sections through a Namacalthus-bearing sample.
Description
Reconstructing the fossilized remains of Namacalathus, a goblet shaped organism that lived during the late Ediacaran.
Location
Swartpunt, Namibia
Age
~545 Ma

Giant Ooids

A flipbook showing serial sections through a ~650 Ma bimodal oolite.
Description
Ooids forming in modern environments are ~1mm in diameter. Here, the large ooids are 1 cm in diameter! How and why these ooids got so large remains a scientific mystery.
Location
Etina Formation, southern Australia
Age
~650 Ma

Trezona Sponges

Trezona Formation Sponges serial imaging flip-card visualization.
Description
The red organic shapes are thought to be the oldest fossilized animals ever found!
Location
Trezona Formation, southern Australia.
Age
~650 Ma