Monthly Archives: July 2008

Carmel Church taphonomy problem

One of the intriguing things about the Carmel Church deposits is the presence of an unusually dense bonebed together with a conglomerate made up of cobbles up to a foot in diameter, both of which are unique in these deposits. … Continue reading

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Calvert Formation sperm whales

There is only one modern species of sperm whale, but it’s a family that was more diverse in the past. A big question for paleontologists is “just how diverse”, because sperm whales are rare in the fossil record. The most … Continue reading

Posted in Carmel Church odontocetes, Carmel Church Quarry, Chesapeake Group, Rappahannock River sperm whale | Tagged | 14 Comments

Storage at last!

The new VMNH building where our lab is located officially opened on March 31, 2007. However, with a collection our size (which numbers in the tens of millions across all departments) the move doesn’t happen overnight.

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More sperm whale

It looks like Apple may have finally fixed their server problems (at least, if you’re able to comment on this post they have done so). The photo above shows the left dentary, still in the jacket. It has an oddly … Continue reading

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Sperm whale update

Over the last two days we made a big step forward in preparing the Rappahannock sperm whale. We were finally able to remove one of the dentary fragments that was stuck to the skull. The photo above shows the the … Continue reading

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Fossil arrivals

Boxley Materials delivered their giant stromatolite to the museum on Wednesday. There was some excitement while we tried to find a forklift that would lift the specimen (the first one we looked at was only rated for 2,500 lbs–nowhere near enough!), but with … Continue reading

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