It was with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of my friend Jeff Sparks. Jeff was an avid fossil collector, and for the last several years had been collecting and donating specimens for both VMNH and the Calvert Marine Museum.
I’ve excavated with Jeff on several occasions at Carmel Church and on the Rappahannock River. Specimens he discovered for VMNH include a small, complete baleen whale skull, a sea turtle, and the sperm whale skull we collected together last year. In addition to my poster presentation on the sperm whale at SVP last year, at least one of Jeff’s specimens, a pathological whale vertebra donated to the Calvert Marine Museum, has been described in a scientific paper.
You will be missed, Jeff.