Whale update

Volunteer Ward Littlefield has taken up the preparation of the jacket of whale vertebrae and ribs that we opened last year. Ward has made a lot of progress in the last few weeks. The photo above shows this jacket as it appeared on February 21. The two vertebrae labeled “1” and “2”, and the rib labeled “3” have since been removed from the jacket and are shown below:

The blog is venturing into new territory next week. This weekend I’m going to Carmel Church for a 1-week excavation. Every evening (hopefully) I’ll post an update on the progress of the excavation, including the techniques we use and what we find. If you’ve ever wondered what an excavation is like, here’s your chance to find out. And, as always, your questions and comments are welcome.
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3 Responses to Whale update

  1. Doug says:

    aha, the great whale puzzle continues.

  2. Alton Dooley says:

    We recovered at least 24 vertebrae from this whale, and I think we’ve cleaned 12. So we’ll be prepping this whale for some time to come.

    We arrived at Carmel Church this evening, and start digging tomorrow. I’ll post a new entry as soon as I can.

  3. Doug says:

    Blogging at an active dig. How many paleontologists can claim to have done that? I look forward to it.

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