Schiele Fossil Fair


The Paleontology Department is spending the day in Gastonia, North Carolina to participate in the Schiele Museum of Natural History Fossil Fair.

Continue reading

Posted in Science, education, and philosophy, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

From the Collections Room (Rangifer)


I had planned to spend most of this week involved with Roanoke College’s Darwin Day festival, but the east coast snowstorm postponed that event and kept the museum closed for part of the week. With all the snow, it seems like a good time to discuss one of the most recently identified fossils in the VMNH collection, a tooth from a caribou. Continue reading

Posted in From the Collections Room | Leave a comment

Georgia Science Teachers Association meeting


On Tuesday we loaded the recently-completed giant beaver in my truck, along with display panels and a bunch of other casts, and Brett and I headed south to Macon, Georgia. Through the end of the week we’ll be attending the meeting of the Georgia Science Teachers Association.

Continue reading

Posted in Conferences, Science, education, and philosophy | 7 Comments

Castoroides – finished!

2014-02-03aThis afternoon, we finally completed our first of several mounts of the giant beaver Castoroides ohioensis! Continue reading

Posted in Castoroides | 4 Comments

Governor McAuliffe visits the Paleontology Lab

2014-01-31aThis afternoon Virginia’s recently elected governor Terry McAuliffe visited VMNH for a tour of the Paleontology Lab. Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Leave a comment

Castoroides…almost there!


The bad weather across the southeast has thrown schedules into turmoil, but even with the museum closed to the public Ray and I have been coming in to work on several projects, including our Castoroides mount. Continue reading

Posted in Castoroides, Paleontological techniques | Leave a comment

Castoroides closer to completion


Our mount of the giant beaver Castoroides took a big step forward over the last week. Continue reading

Posted in Castoroides, Paleontological techniques | 1 Comment