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 takes so long to complete.Below is our progress diagram, using Aglaocetus patulus as a guide.
We have essentially completed the maxilla (the red bone) of the left side, and have made progress on the right maxilla and the premaxillae (in green). The back end of the maxillae are particularly difficult in this whale, as there were a large number of holes (called foramina, singular foramen) for nerve or blood vessels. Because of these holes the bone was badly crushed in this area.
One curious point is that I have not yet located the vomer. This is a prominent bone that fills in the gap between the two maxillae (in the top view of the skull shown here, it’s the white area between the premaxillae.) The vomer is a large bone that is usually well-preserved, so I’m a little surprised that I haven’t yet located it, although it may still be in the jacket.