Excavations in the Calvert are slow, but only because were finding so many fossils. We’ve exposed perhaps 10 square feet of the bonebed, and found maybe 2 dozen whale bones and a couple of hundred sharks’ teeth. Jeff Sparks found the most spectacular tooth so far, the fairly large example of Carcharocles megalodon shown above.
I have a better handle on the vertebrae we found on Wednesday, too. It seems that there are at least six vertebrae from a single whale, probably vertebrae 5 through 10.
I think we recovered at least part of the skull of this whale last March.
There is also a seventh vertebra in the photo, near the center at the bottom. I think this is likely from a different whale.
The sun came out in the afternoon, so Mary and Amy made the bottom halves of the field jackets for the St. Marys whale:
The St. Marys whale will return to Martinsville this weekend, along with most of the teeth we’ve recovered from the Calvert so far. Tomorrow we have a good-sized crew of seven people scheduled, and we should get a lot of new specimens exposed.