Success! Our rather risky jacket-flipping technique worked better than expected, and we successfully turned the jacket containing the whale scapula, at least 8 vertebrae, and bunches of ribs. The whole idea was to use the jacket to control the unavoidable bone breakage further into the hill, and it worked nicely; all the breaks are clean and will be easily repairable in the lab. After flipping, we made a bottom jacket for this material.
The photo below shows on a small scale one of the things that makes Carmel Church so difficult to excavate:
Some of our smaller finds today:
Cylindracanthus, which is thought to be an extinct swordfish. This is a partial specimen, and was partially crushed over a rock. Cylindracanthus is primarily thought of as an Eocene genus, but we find them frequently in the Calvert at Carmel Church.