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 likely. We removed both of these segments today, and I’m still not sure which option is correct.

After getting the dentary out of the way, we were able to finally trench around the skull and make a top jacket. I don’t have a picture of it because we had to work until dark to get the jacket made; we actually had to do our cleanup under the truck’s headlights. Tomorrow morning we’ll try to flip the jacket.

Here are some of the other remains that came out of the trench around the skull. A bone fragment from a sturgeon:

A reptile vertebra (sorry, I’m not yet sure what kind of reptile, and the lighting isn’t the greatest because the sun was setting):

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2 Responses to Carmel Church Day 4

  1. Doug says:

    You frequently mention fabulous micro fossils such as shark teeth, fish bones, and other such small bones. But what is the invertebrate fauna like at Carmel Church? I know from your website that an exhibit in the museum deals with a fossil invertebrate site on the James River. But what kinds of invertebrate have you found at Carmel Church, if any?

  2. Alton Dooley says:

    The short answer is, none.

    That’s not actually quite true. In the Calvert we’ve found two possible specimens of inarticulate brachiopods, and one possible (but doubtful) mold of a small bivalve.

    There are, however, at least 3 different types of trace fossils in the sediment and on the bones and rocks.

    Among microfossils, we have found diatoms, silicoflagellates, and dinoflagellate cysts.

    There are molds of shells found in the Eastover Formation, which is about 6 meters higher in the section at Carmel Church.

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