SeAVP Day 2, Museum Hopping, and National Fossil Day!

Panorama Smith Cty Lime Pit

Day 2 of SeAVP: Field trip day!

Kat Turk, former VMNH intern, and I attended the field trip to Smith County Lime Pit, Sylvarena, MS. This quarry containing 4 Oligocene formations: Marianna, Byram, Glendon, and Bucatunna. The majority of the fossils we found are from the Glendon Formation. Continue reading

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7th Annual Meeting of SeAVP Day 1

MMNS fossil exhibit

Today marked the first day of the 7th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP). This year’s meeting is being held at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science (MMNS) in Jackson, MS. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Day 9

Group photo 10-4-14We are at a point with the excavation where we are making steady progress in collecting the insect bed each week. With a crew of 2 volunteers and 5 VMNH staff, we collected another ~5 cubic feet of insect bed and made good progress on uncovering more.  Continue reading

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Fossil Friday: SOVA Career Expo – Youth Expo

Stream table

During the last two days, the Ray and I represented the VMNH at the SOVA Career Expo for Youth in Chatham, VA. The Career Expo was an opportunity for us to share with middle schoolers and high schoolers the variety of work that is conducted within the museum.  We showcased some of our casts including the full skeleton cast of Castoroides, Isotelus (trilobite), the reconstructed skull of a juvenile Diorocetus,  a Tanytrachelos, and the skull of an Allosaurus. We also gave molding and casting demonstrations and explained the uses of a stream table. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Day 8

Tany and plant frags 9-27-14

Day 8 of the excavation at Solite treated us to a number of Tanytrachelos specimens in varying conditions of preservation. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation, Day 7

Leah, Emma and Joe working

The seventh day of our Solite excavation was a stark contrast to last week. This week we had a smaller crew, weather any paleontologist would dream of, and we found significantly more and better preserved fossils. I also succeeded in collecting ~5-6 cubic feet of insect bed. Continue reading

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Solite Excavation, Day 6

Group pic 9-13-14

Despite the constant threat of rain, we were able to get into the pit and make some progress along the exposure. Our crew included Ray, Jim, and me, as well as two VT grad students, two professors from Roanoke College (RC) and several of their students. With so many people, we were able to spread out along the outcrop and focus on removing overburden and connecting our previous pits.   Continue reading

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