This afternoon I presented a lecture on squalodont whales at the Aurora Fossil Museum, as part of the Aurora Fossil Festival. I was impressed with how the town turns out for this event; there was a parade, and better than 100 vendors’ booths set up all over town, selling all types of food and other items (I just finished my crabcake sandwich bought from one of the booths.)
Aurora sits next to the Lee Creek Mine, which is the source of most of the specimens in the museum. (I had an earlier post about the Lee Creek Mine book recently published by VMNH.) There is an impressive collection of sharks’ teeth from both the Miocene Pungo River Formaion and the Pliocene Yorktown Formation, such as the associated Carcharocles megalodon dentition shown here:
In a day or two I’ll do a post about my lecture topic.