**For Immediate Release**
Fossils Predict Presence of Oil
-released by OPSU Campus Communications 09-28-05
by Laura Dahl
Dr. Beverly Meyer, Assistant Professor of Earth Science
at Oklahoma Panhandle State University, authored an article
in Bulletins of American Paleontology, published by the
Paleontological Research Institution. The institution publishes
the scholarly journal as collections of articles on the
The current issue addresses Conodont fossils, a subject
Dr. Meyer researched during her doctoral studies. She specifically
studies the fossilized teeth of the small, extinct eel-like
animal. The aquatic animal was only about 1-1/2” to
3” in length, and the remaining teeth are only about
the size of a speck of pepper. Dr. Meyer’s fossils
were extracted from well core from 9,000 to 11,000 feet
below the surface of the Permian Basin in West Texas.
Studying the fossils is important because it gives scientists
data about Earth’s history, but they also provide
important information for those in oil exploration. During
the drilling process, scientists study well core and examine
the fossils contained within the material. The color of
the fossil changes as temperature increases below the surface.
If the temperature below the surface has risen too high,
the teeth are black, which indicates the oil has been “cooked
out” of the earth.
Dr. Meyer teaches earth science courses and remains involved
in research. For more information, telephone her at 580-349-1524
or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.