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.
Carley Reik-Fagg found the specimen shown above, a pharyngeal plate (part of the palate) of a drumfish (Family Sciaenidae). There are two different drumfish known from Carmel Church so far, the black drums of the genus Pogonias, and the red drum of the genus Sciaenops. We’re not yet sure which is the correct genus for the plate Carley found last week. For other images of drumfish pharyngeals, see my earlier posting on this group.
Groups that are interested in scheduling trips to Carmel Church should contact Dr. Dooley.