Paleontologists have an interesting relationship with quarry operators. By their very nature quarry operations destroy fossils and their geological context. And yet, by exposing new layers of rock quarrying operations lead to the discovery of new fossil deposits that might otherwise never have been found. The two most productive vertebrate fossil sites in Virginia, Solite and Carmel Church, were both discovered as a result of quarrying operations. Continue reading
- Current activities from the Virginia Museum of Natural History Paleontology Department, and information about fossils and geology, updated by Dr. Alton “Butch” Dooley.
- RT @VMNH: VMNH staff are working to remove fossils from an active mining site in Southern Virginia that is also one of the... http://t.co/3… 1 day ago
- New excavations at the Solite Quarry: wp.me/p1CZX8-1H6 1 day ago
- A new fossil donation to @VMNH: the first vertebrate fossils (tracks) from Campbell Co. VA: wp.me/p1CZX8-1GT 4 days ago
- RT @emgfitzgerald: Uh, 1 of these whale skulls is the REAL fossil of Mammalodon. Amazing cast by @museumvictoria Preparators! http://t.co/S… 5 days ago
- RT @Synapsida: Skull of the Miocene 'cetothere' (early baleen whale) Parietobalaena palmeri, on display at the AMNH. http://t.co/hBy7YtHSM6 5 days ago