On Friday Jim Beard and I went to the Solite Quarry to meet with officials from CEMEX, the new owners of the quarry. Since we’re planning a major excavation there this April, we spent a few minutes going over the site. We only spent about 15 minutes at the excavation site, but while we were there CEMEX employee Kenneth Vanhoy found this interesting fossil plant. The base of the plant appears to be preserved, which is not something we see very often (these are lake deposits, so most of the plants are leaves blown or washed into the lake). I’m not sure what type of plant this is, although I’m admittedly still learning about Triassic plants.
The online, open access journal PLoS ONE has grouped their paleontology papers together on one website for easy access.
Virginia is currently sitting under a blanket of snow. Even so, the weather is supposed to warm up later this week, so I’m optimistic that are Carmel Church excavation will begin as scheduled on March 9. As usual, I’ll be posting daily updates about the progress of the excavation.