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Earth Forensics = Geology

Virtual Field Trips and Articles/Publications

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This page is dedicated to Dr. Bruce Cornet -- in appreciation for putting these pages up from trips that we'd been on together, taking countless pictures, collecting fossil and rock specimens (where allowed), and for teaching me what I know and inspiring me to move forward in the natural and life / social sciences. Your bravery and dedication outlasted me. 

Dr. W. Bruce Cornet
PhD in geology/palynology, Masters in paleobotany, BS in biology

(click below for resume)


Permian Reefs and Carbonate Complexes, West Texas

Franklin Mountains, El Paso, TX (short page)

EPCC Geology Field Trip (Hueco Tanks State Park)

Big Bend National Park & Big Bend Ranch State Park TEXAS

Permian Back-Lagoon Island and Reef Exposed in Highway Outcrop


Dr. Bruce Cornet's Ph.D. Thesis

    The Palynostratigraphy and Age of the Newark Supergroup, 1977: 505 p.  Thesis advisor: Dr. Alfred Traverse.  “Bruce's doctoral dissertation is still cited at PSU as one of the very best in the history of the Department of Geosciences.”


List of Scientific Publications

    Cornet, B. and Abushagur, S., 2005. Take Virtual Tours to the Franklin Mountains of El Paso, Permian Basin and Big Bend of West Texas, and Cretaceous of New Jersey.

    Vasanthy, G., Cornet, B., and Pocock, S.A.J., 2004. Evolution of proangiosperms during Late Triassic: pre-Cretaceous pollen trends towards mono- and dicotyledonous taxa diversification. Geophytology 33(1&2): 99-113.

     Cornet, B., 2003. Upper Cretaceous facies, fossil plants, amber, insects and dinosaur bones, Sayreville, New Jersey.

    Cornet, B., 2002. When did angiosperms first evolve?

    Cornet. B., 1999. Fossil evidence for rapid orderly genetic evolution: The first detailed fossil record of microevolution with missing links.

    Cornet, B., 1996. A new gnetophyte from the late Carnian (Late Triassic) of Texas and its bearing on the origin of the angiosperm carpel and stamen. In Taylor and Hickey (eds.), Angiosperm origin, evolution and phylogeny, Chapman & Hall, NY, 32-67.

    Cornet, B. and McDonald, N.G. (Abst. 1995 and MS). A new cheirolepidaceous conifer bearing flowers from the Early Jurassic of Connecticut, USA.

    Fowell, S.J., Cornet, B., and Olsen, P.E., 1994. Geologically rapid Late Triassic extinctions: Palynological evidence from the Newark Supergroup. Geological Society of America Special Paper 288: 197-206.

    Cornet, B., 1993. Applications and limitations of palynology in age, climatic, and paleoenvironmental analyses of Triassic sequences in North America. In Lucas and Morales (eds.), The Nonmarine Triassic. New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science Bulletin, 3: 75-93.

    Cornet, B., 1993. Dicot-like leaf and flowers from the Late Triassic tropical Newark Supergroup rift zone, U.S.A. Modern Geology, 19: 81-99.

    Olsen, P.E., McDonald, N.G., Huber, P., and Cornet, B., 1992. Stratigraphy and paleoecology of the Deerfield rift basin (Triassic-Jurassic, Newark Supergroup), Massachusetts. Guidebook for Field Trips in the Connecticut Valley Region of Massachusetts and Adjacent States, vol. 2, 84th Annual Meeting, New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference, The Five Colleges, Amherst, Massachusetts, October 9-10-11: 488-535

    Cornet B. and Habib, D., 1992. Angiosperm-like pollen from the Late Jurassic (Oxfordian) of France. Review Paleobotany Palynology, 72: 269-294.

    Cornet, B., 1989. The reproductive morphology and biology of Sanmiguelia lewisii, and its bearing on angiosperm evolution in the Late Triassic. Evolutionary Trends in Plants, 3: 25-51 (cover picture).

    Cornet, B., 1989. Angiosperm-like pollen from the Late Triassic Richmond rift basin of Virginia. Palaeontographica, 213B: 37-87.

    Cornet, B., 1986. The reproductive structures and leaf veneation of a Late Triassic angiosperm, Sanmiguelia lewisii. Evolutionary Theory, 7: 231-309.

    Cornet, B. and Traverse, A., 1975. Palynological contributions to the chronology and stratigraphy of the Hartford basin in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Geoscience and Man, 11: 1-33.

    Cornet, B., Traverse, A., and McDonald, N.G., 1973. Fossil spores, pollen, and fishes from Connecticut indicate Early Jurassic age for part of the Newark Group. Science, 182: 1243-1247.



Field Work Experience

 1969 Summer, Yale University sponsored field trip to Oligocene mammal beds in northwestern Nebraska. Collected numerous partial and complete mammal skeletons and skull bones, including the first complete skeleton of Daphaenocyon dodgei, which was prepared and exhibited at the Yale Peabody Museum.

1969-1970, quarried and excavated an Early Jurassic lacustrine fish bed in the Hartford basin, Connecticut, with Nicholas McDonald. Prepared numerous fish specimens, some for exhibit at the Rocky Hill Dinosaur Park in Connecticut. Most of the fish specimens are now at the American Museum of Natural History, and many have been used in various scientific publications by various authors.

1981-1982; 1985-1986, wildcat oil drilling in the Triassic Richmond basin of Virginia. Described and analyzed thousands of feet of strata using well cuttings and electric logs.

1988-1993, extensive field work in the Newark basin of New Jersey and in the Richmond basin of Virginia, mapping strata and collecting fossils. Wellsite geologist for the Newark Basin Coring Project: Described, photographed, and analyzed over 21,000 feet of strata from seven coreholes (1990-1993).




Hueco Tanks State Historical Park, east of El Paso, TX
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Inside Peppersauce Cave, near Tucson, AZpic_peppersauce_inside_cave.jpg (48401 bytes)


Palm Fossil on boulder (Cretaceous)
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Palm fossil closeup (notice the dime for size)
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