Monthly Archives: April 2008

Carmel Church MUSE award

When the new VMNH building opened last year, we premiered a whole range of custom-designed exhibits, many of which were intended to showcase research carried out at VMNH. One of these exhibits (shown above) is the Carmel Church section of … Continue reading

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Sperm whale update, and new exhibit

It turns out that we recovered more of the sperm whale skull than I thought. The two large, flat bones to the left of the scale bar are the back ends of the dentaries (lower jaws), but almost everything visible … Continue reading

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Sperm whale preparation (Updated)

I had a busy schedule of lectures and field trips last week, and only arrived back in Martinsville on Thursday, which is why I’ve been slow in posting a new entry. Yesterday Ward Littlefield and I began preparing the sperm … Continue reading

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Sperm whale-Day 2

On Saturday, a combination of fundraising field trips to Carmel Church and bad weather kept us off the river. Early Sunday morning we were back on site on the Rappahannock to continue excavating the sperm whale that Jeff Sparks discovered … Continue reading

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Spectacular new whale

I’ve had one of those crazy weeks that has delayed posting a new entry, but hopefully today’s post will make up for it. A few days ago volunteer Jeff Sparks informed me that he had found a fossil whale eroding … Continue reading

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Coming soon-Wyoming

Keith Degnan, a volunteer at the Science Museum of Virginia, spent Friday at VMNH learning vertebrate fossil preparation. Several of VMNH’s dinosaur bones are currently on exhibit at the Science Museum. Keith spent most of the day working on our diplodocid … Continue reading

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Whale update 4

Our Carmel Church whale skull has been coming along nicely. The photo above shows the two complete dentaries (lower jaws), with the rostrum (the front part of the skull) nearing completion. You can see from the numerous breaks why reconstruction … Continue reading

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