Monthly Archives: January 2008

Enrichment Program at Locust Grove Elementary

Brett, Tim and I got up early this morning to drive to Locust Grove Elementary School. Ms. Bowne asked me to speak to her Kindergarten and first grade students in the Saturday Enrichment Program about being a paleontologist.

Posted in Science, education, and philosophy | 8 Comments

Carmel Church field trip scheduled

              The public field trip that we run to Carmel Church each year has been scheduled for Saturday, April 12 from 8:30 am to 11:30 am.

Posted in Carmel Church Quarry, Chesapeake Group | 2 Comments

Whale update 2

We’re still working on the unidentified baleen whale from Carmel Church, which was first opened last March. The image above shows the second of four jackets that contain this skeleton.

Posted in "Sinistra", Carmel Church mysticetes, Carmel Church Quarry, Chesapeake Group | Tagged | 6 Comments

World’s (new) largest rodent

For many years, the record holder for largest rodent of all time was the giant beaver Castoroides ohioensis, like the specimen shown above on exhibit in the Science Museum of Minnesota. 

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Lee Creek Volume IV

The Lee Creek Mine in North Carolina has been a prime paleontological locality for almost 40 years. An ambitious project to comprehensively study the geology and paleontology of the quarry, led by Clayton Ray at the Smithsonian Institution, began in … Continue reading

Posted in Chesapeake Group | 2 Comments

Dino Day!

Yesterday we had a very successful Dino Day. While I don’t have the exact count, it was attended by over 1200 people, which I believe makes it the most attended day in VMNH history.

Posted in Paleontological techniques | 1 Comment

Preparation for Dino Day

This week we’ve been moving dinosaur specimens from our old facility on Douglas Avenue to our new building on Starling Avenue in preparation for Dino Day this Saturday. In addition to all sorts of children’s activities, we’ll be exhibiting more than a … Continue reading

Posted in Wyoming Excavations | Tagged | 2 Comments

Shark stranding

Intern Whitney Armstrong took this picture of a stranded shark over the holidays near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and brought it in (the photo, not the shark) for identification.

Posted in Modern critters | Tagged | 3 Comments

Black shales, and Dino Days

I’ve been on vacation over the holidays, but things will be picking up now that we’re into the new year. One of the first museum events of 2008 is Dino Day, on January 12. For that day only we’ll be displaying … Continue reading

Posted in General Geology | 3 Comments