U-M Exhibit Museum ID Day
The natural world's Antiques Roadshow
"This is sad," the bearded man (professor or specialist or rock/fossil guy) says. "A fragment of a paleosomethingsomething shell. Only a fragment." He turns the shell over and over in his hands before holding it up to peer at the surface. Its owner, the family hopeful for an identification, hovers on the other side of the table. The specialist offers a bit of information before turning to another fossil, one that's more intact.