Location

Buller Hallway

Start Date

3-6-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

3-6-2015 4:00 PM

Description

The purpose of this study is to identify the relationships between the early taphanomic degradation of chicken feathers and the environmental/biological variables that affect the feather’s physical characteristics. The variables tested include sediment type, length of burial, bacteria, and fungi and their interaction on Rooster Chinchilla Rounds from the bird species Gallus gallus. The results of this analysis can be used to determine what variables correlate with specific feather properties such as barb count, color and size. The anticipated outcome of this lab is the identification of which environmental/biological variables cause the most degradation. The findings may be useful for further paleontology research and waste removal.

Acknowledgments

J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar

Advisor: Denise Smith, Biology

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Biology Commons

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Mar 6th, 2:30 PM Mar 6th, 4:00 PM

P-26 Taphanomic Degradation of Chicken Feathers by Bacteria and Fungus in Varying Sediments

Buller Hallway

The purpose of this study is to identify the relationships between the early taphanomic degradation of chicken feathers and the environmental/biological variables that affect the feather’s physical characteristics. The variables tested include sediment type, length of burial, bacteria, and fungi and their interaction on Rooster Chinchilla Rounds from the bird species Gallus gallus. The results of this analysis can be used to determine what variables correlate with specific feather properties such as barb count, color and size. The anticipated outcome of this lab is the identification of which environmental/biological variables cause the most degradation. The findings may be useful for further paleontology research and waste removal.