Monthly Archives: December 2008

Red Mountain

Tim and I spent last night in Birmingham, Alabama, and we had to get an early start this morning. But when I found out that our hotel was only 3 miles from the statue of Vulcan, I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

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More aviation, and cephalopods

Sunday we spent the day at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola. The Navy has a long history of research in geology, meteorology, and oceanography, all of which have an important influence on naval operations. One of the aircraft in … Continue reading

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Tim and I have visited several aquariums on our road trip. A few days ago we stopped at the Georgia Aquarium, which is best known for its huge main tank that holds four whale sharks, as well as a manta and … Continue reading

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U. S. Space and Rocket Center

OK, it’s not paleontology, but it is relevant to the study of Earth’s natural history. After a brief stop yesterday at the Gray Fossil Museum (the site of the 2008 SeAVP Meeting), Tim and I continued our road trip today by heading to … Continue reading

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Virginia Living Museum

The last stop on my swing through eastern Virginia was the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News, which had requested help identifying some of the vertebrate fossil remains donated to them over the years. The highlight of their collection is the complete … Continue reading

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William and Mary

I spent Sunday in Williamsburg at William and Mary, helping to identify a number of bones found along the James River. The deposits along the James are mostly late Miocene Eastover Formation, and early Pliocene Sunken Meadow Member of the … Continue reading

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Garber Facility

After giving a lecture at the Caroline County Visitor Center last night, I drove to Suitland, Maryland. This morning I was joined by Brian Beatty from NYCOM, and we headed over to the Smithsonian’s Garber Facility, where the whales (among many other … Continue reading

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Congressional visit

Congressman-elect Tom Perriello (VA-5th district, which includes Martinsville) visited VMNH this morning for a whirlwind tour of our exhibits and educational facilities.

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A week in the life…

One of the questions I’m most frequently asked by visitors is “What does a paleontologist do from day-to-day?” or some variation that suggests that the questioner doesn’t really know what I do (“It must be great to have a job … Continue reading

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Tusks Exhibit

I officially took last week off, although I spent most of it working from home. The Florida Museum of Natural History put together a traveling exhibit called “Tusks”, which is currently at VMNH. This Thursday I’m giving a lecture at VMNH as … Continue reading

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