Monthly Archives: October 2007

Opening a new jacket

The video above shows me opening a new jacket in the lab. According to our field notes it should contain vertebrae and ribs from the Carmel Church whale we’ve been preparing since March.

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Carmel Church trips

We had two trips to Carmel Church last week, one for the American Fossil Federation and the other for Chesapeake Bay Academy. Many of our most interesting specimens have been found by participants on VMNH trips to the site.

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Fossils from Aurora, North Carolina

Yesterday Paul Murdoch sent me this photo of vertebrae that he collected at the Lee Creek Mine in North Carolina. They were all found together in a block of sediment, most likely the Early Pliocene Sunken Meadow Member of the … Continue reading

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SVP meeting–Day 4 (updated)

Tyrannosaurus rex from the American Museum of Natural History. Today is the fourth and final day of the SVP meeting.  After lots of mammal talks, I decided to watch some of the dinosaur talks today for a change of pace.

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SVP meeting–Day 3

The large Pleistocene cat Homotherium serum, from Texas (in the Texas Memorial Museum.) There were several interesting mammal talks today. Two of these involved fossil land mammals that were found in sedimentary rocks that were formed in the ocean. Kevin Seymour … Continue reading

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SVP meeting–Day 2 (updated)

This morning we visited the Texas Memorial Museum. Visitors are greeted at the entrance by this life-sized bronze statue of the sabre-toothed cat Smilodon. Inside the museum has a variety of exhibits on natural history, concentrating on Texas wildlife and paleontology. Some … Continue reading

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SVP meeting–Day 1 (Final update)

After registering this morning, we attended a couple of talks on Pleistocene fossils, including Blaine Schubert from East Tennessee State University on the giant short-faced bear, Arctodus simus (the example above is from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.) Schubert showed photos of … Continue reading

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