SE-GSA meeting, Day 2

Tenontosaurus Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Norman, OK 09 October 2002The Southeastern GSA meeting wrapped up today with a full slate of talks and posters. I spent a little more time in talks today, including several in a Paleontological Society symposium in honor of Richard Bambach. Continue reading

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SE-GSA meeting, Day 1

Castor canadensisMinnesota ZooApple Valley, MN01 November 2003Today was the first full day of the Southeastern GSA meeting. As I expected, running an exhibit booth has put a bit of a crimp in my ability to attend talks, even with Ray, Christina, Ashley, and Brett all helping. But it’s been worthwhile, with better than 200 people stopping by the booth. Continue reading

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Geological Society of America Southeast Section meeting


This evening is the opening reception of the GSA southeast section meeting, which is being held this year in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech. VMNH will have a big presence at the meeting; the entire Paleontology and Earth Science departments are in attendance. Continue reading

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From the Collections Room (Bothriolepis)

2014-03-26eVirginia has a remarkably complete rock record, at least for the Phanerozoic Eon (the last 541 million years or so). With the exception of the Permian Period, every Phanerozoic time period is represented in Virginia by at least a few fossiliferous rocks. However, different groups of organisms are not evenly distributed through Virginia’s rocks. For example, almost all of Virginia’s Carboniferous fossils are terrestrial plants. Almost all of Virginia’s vertebrate fossils come from the Triassic, Paleogene, and Neogene periods. But there are a few exceptions, including the one shown above.

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Two beavers are better than one

2014-03-11aWhile we recently completed a mounted cast of the Joseph Moore Museum’s giant beaver skeleton, that wasn’t the end of our exhibit work with Castoroides. The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery already owned a cast of the same skeleton that was produced from different molds several decades ago. Apparently this cast was mounted at some point in the past, but had been taken apart and stored. We agreed to remount the skeleton for Boonshoft. Continue reading

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VMNH Paleontology teaching kits

Kit 2VA

Today I’m happy to announce the availability of a series of paleontology teaching kits, based on casts of fossils from museum collections. Continue reading

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Big scary Carmel Church fish

20131118-222754.jpgOn the first day of our Carmel Church excavation last November Christina found associated remains of a fish skull (above). This was pretty exciting, because associated fish remains (multiple bones from one individual) are relatively rare at Carmel Church. I did a little prep work in my hotel room (below), but the specimen was deeply weathered with a hard crust, as is typical of Carmel Church bones exposed at the surface. Further preparation had to wait until we returned to the museum. Continue reading

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