Monthly Archives: November 2009

How many ears?

For the last few months we’ve been preparing one of the whale skulls from Carmel Church. This specimen was found immediately beside our Diorocetus specimen; the rib cages from the two whales overlapped each other. This was actually the first of four whale skulls … Continue reading

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Singing Darwin

This Tuesday, November 24, will be the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species be Charles Darwin. In honor of this event, the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech is presenting a performance art event called “Singing … Continue reading

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Geoscience education

There have been a number of disturbing reports recently about the reduction or elimination of various geoscience organizations, including the University of Wyoming Geological Museum and now (possibly) the Department of Geological Sciences at Michigan State University. I’ve heard other stories … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

I’m not sure what to make of this dentary. It’s either broken at the tip, with the anterior part rotated 90 degrees, or there are two dentaries sitting next to each other; at Carmel Church the two possibilities are equally … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

Too many bones! Yesterday we found that the apparent paired bones on the right side of our pit were in fact the posterior end of a crushed mandible. Today we found that the mandible is complete, although broken into a … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 2

Well, what do I know? It looks like the bones we uncovered yesterday that are sitting in our trench are a crushed mandible after all (above). We’re going to try to remove this separately from the other material, hopefully tomorrow.

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Back to Carmel Church

After numerous delays due in large part to illness, Tim and I finally made it back to Carmel Church last night. I’ve had hopes of getting in a short (4-5 day) excavation, but the 4 continuous days of rain in … Continue reading

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