I hope everyone has had a pleasant holiday season. I’m still on vacation, but return to work for a very busy period next week. The museum’s annual Dino Day festival is scheduled for January 10, which is also the day that the Boxley stromatolite goes on exhibit. I also have to start some of the detailed planning for upcoming excavations at Carmel Church and Wyoming, and for the 2009 meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (there is a link to the meeting information on the blog home page, but the site is still under construction).
In the interim, here’s another specimen from the collections. This one’s from Carmel Church, and was collected by Paul Murdoch in 2003. This is a partial dentition of the eagle ray Myliobatis, like these modern examples of M. californica at Sea World:
Fossil Myliobatis teeth are fairly common on the Atlantic Coastal Plain. The remarkable thing about this specimen is that it remains the only definite Myliobatis specimen ever found at Carmel Church, even though the rays Aetobatus and Aetomylaeus are fairly common.