Monthly Archives: August 2009

From the collections room (dromomerycid)

I’ve mentioned several times the fairly large number of land mammals found at Carmel Church, relative to the size of the exposure. One of the more unusual animals found there is a member of the family Dromomerycidae. Advertisements

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Left-handed whale died a painful death

I’m back in Martinsville for a couple of weeks, but I’ll be back at Carmel Church soon. One of the reasons I returned is because of the release today of a new paper by Brian Beatty and me on one … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Days 10-11

My intention was to finish up our last jacket today, and close the pit down tomorrow. However, Carmel Church rarely cooperates with my elegant plans, and today was no exception. Working on our last small patch of exposed bone, by … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 9

We’re at a stage now where we’re trying to define our last few jackets of this excavation, as we wrap up in a few days. Making trenches around the jackets at Carmel Church always requires the removal of lots of … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

It was scorching hot today, but we still got in a full day’s work. We’re now at the point where we’re trying to jacket the bones we’ve already found, rather than trying to expose new bones. Even so, the remains … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

Another productive day today, even with temperatures approaching 100 F. We’ve removed a large number of teeth and small bones, including the shell fragment from the sea turtle Syllomus shown above.

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Carmel Church Day 6

More sun today, and a lot of progress. We found several small isolated vertebrae, including the anterior thoracic vertebra shown above. We’ve also hit some rich patches of sharks’ teeth, and probably collected close to a hundred today.

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