Monthly Archives: June 2008

Boxley stromatolite

I’m back from vacation, and immediately back into the thick of things. Last week I took one of my vacation days to drive to Bedford County with our geologist Jim Beard. We had been contacted by Boxley Materials’ Blue Ridge Quarry … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting, Day 2

Talks started again at 9:00 this morning. Matt Colbert used a series of really cool CT scans to show how the trunk gradually developed in tapirs, and how the presence of a trunk can be identified in fossils (the modern … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting, Day 1

The first meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology began this morning. The meeting is being hosted by the Gray Fossil Site and East Tennessee State University. The talk schedule is available here (pdf format).

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Agate Fossil Beds

Saturday was mostly spent packing and repairing the damaged wiring on my truck. Sunday morning we headed to Dirty Annie’s for breakfast and goodbyes (I only realized it was Fathers’ Day when they gave me my breakfast for free–Happy Fathers’ Day!), then … Continue reading

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Wyoming Days 12 and 13

Lots of activity has kept me from posting for the last few days. Thursday morning it was pouring rain, but it cleared around 2:00 pm and we were able to go to the site for a few hours, even though … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 11

The day started of cool but sunny, and we got a lot of work done in the morning. We still have a number of bones that I haven’t been able to identify yet. Francis, Stacey, and Amy are working on … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 10/Yellowstone National Park

Yesterday it rained all day, so we drove to Yellowstone National Park to take a look at the geology there. Yellowstone is most famous for its geothermal features, such as the mudpot shown above.

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Wyoming Day 9

At last, a full day of great weather! There were no spectacular finds today, but a lot of steady progress. We removed a number of small, as-yet-unidentified bones, and made some new jackets, including a bottom jacket on the scapula.

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Wyoming Day 8/Sheep Mountain Anticline

No digging today, as I had to go to Billings to pick up our next group of diggers. As you drive to Billings on US310, just north of Greybull you pass by the Sheep Mountain Anticline. An anticline is a … Continue reading

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Wyoming Day 7

This morning Decker and Grenda headed back home after completing their week here; a new group arrives tomorrow. After their departures we drove out to the site under clear skies (another section of the entrance road is shown above).

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