On Saturday, after leaving Carmel Church we headed to the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD, where Stephen Godfrey is the Curator of Paleontology. CMM opened a new paleontology exhibit earlier this year, which I was eager to see.
The new exhibit is very nicely done, and (unlike many exhibits) the A/V components were particularly well designed. At the touch-screen displays you can scroll through time to see paleomap reconstructions, and see where various organisms fit into geologic time.
One of the highlights in this room is the excellent skull of the Late Miocene baleen whale Cephalotropis, which CMM collected a few years ago after it was uncovered by Hurricane Isabel:
The Calvert Marine Museum is an excellent museum is a picturesque area, and is well worth a visit. In fact, since it’s only a 5.5 hour drive from Solomons to Martinsville, you should visit both CMM and VMNH!