We made it back to Solite Saturday with a good sized crew of volunteers! Upon arriving at the quarry, the pit appeared to have not been disturbed. Last year, we decided to go on hiatus to give the rock time to weather during the winter. Weathering is exactly what we needed! The insect bed was significantly easier to separate from the underlying dolostone and the slabs of previously removed overburden (fish/plant/Tany layers) split like a dream.
- Abstract submission begins: March 8, 2016
- Abstract submission closes: April 8, 2016
- Submission format should follow the 2011 SEAVP Abstract book.
- Word limit: 300
- Lead author should specify if they wish an oral or poster presentation.
- Oral presentations will be limited to 15 minutes each.
Submissions should be emailed electronically to Dr. Alex Hastings.
- Early Registration: April 11 – May 2
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Christina Byrd training two Ferrum College students on cataloging and labeling fossils. November 21, 2015 Photo credit: Bill Schmachtenberg
More often than not, the volunteers I work with are students who are aspiring paleontologists/biologists/geologists. This weekend was a change of pace. One of VMNH’s research associates, Dr. Bill Schmachtenberg, brought two of his students from Ferrum College to help catalog Paleozoic invertebrates. These students, Jason and Paige, have a thirst for knowledge that extends beyond the bounds of their non-paleo/bio/geo majors.
The sanding crew working on various elements of the Bootherium skeleton.
In preparation for a new paleontology exhibit focused around Pleistocene fauna, one of the specimens to be included is a partial skeleton for Bootherium, a relative of the musk ox.
While VMNH does have Bootherium skeletal elements in its collection, there were not enough to reconstruct a full skeleton. Therefore, we utilized 3D scan files from the Continue reading
By William Schmachtenberg
A fossil from VMNH that was not labelled.
On August 19, 2015, high school students at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA identified fossils that had not yet been identified from the VMNH collections. At first, they compared the fossils with books on fossils and determined that they were trilobites from the Cambrian Period.
As the new Asst. Curator of Paleontology, I wanted to see the well-known Carmel Church Quarry firsthand. It was a quick trip (Sunday to Tuesday) to check out this great fossil site. I headed over to Caroline County, Virginia with fellow VMNH paleontologist Christina Byrd to do a little digging.
View along the wall at the Carmel Church Quarry on Aug. 3 2015