Monthly Archives: February 2009

Diorocetus update

On March 31, 2007, the new VMNH building opened to the public for the first time. As part of the opening event, we opened our largest jacket, a whale skull collected from Carmel Church in May, 2005:

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What’s the problem with Squalodon atlanticus?

The name Squalodon atlanticus is encountered fairly frequently on specimen labels in collections of Atlantic coastal fossils. This is an interesting name, with a lot of history behind it, but unfortunately one which I believe should not be used. Let me explain…

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Solite Quarry

The bulk of the VMNH vertebrate paleontology collections come from three places. Two of these, Carmel Church and Shell, I have talked about at length (and will continue to do so). The third is the Solite Quarry in Cascade, Virginia. … Continue reading

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Darwin at 200, with eye candy

“…I look with confidence to the future,—to young and rising naturalists, who will be able to view both sides of the question with impartiality. Whoever is led to believe that species are mutable will do good service by conscientiously expressing … Continue reading

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I actually have a good excuse for my slow production of new blog posts. The year 2009 is a landmark year in the history of evolutionary studies. February 12, 2009 is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, … Continue reading

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