Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy Holidays

I had intended to take a short trip to northern Virginia this week, to look at Ordovician and Devonian rocks in the Winchester area. The east coast snowstorm put a damper on those plans; I’ve had to dig fossils out … Continue reading

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In the olden days

The main reason for my slow blog post production over the last month is a deadline. About a month ago I was asked to write a chapter on vertebrate fossils of Virginia for an upcoming book, and I was told … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the dustbin

The so-called cetotheres have been a thorn in the side of cetacean taxonomists and systematists for the better part of a century. Traditionally the family Cetotheriidae has included almost any extinct baleen whale that can’t be assigned to the Balaenopteridae … Continue reading

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“Picasso” update

**This is new text for this post. Due to a technical error, the original text was lost.*** A few weeks ago I mentioned that Brett had given the name “Picasso” to the Carmel Church whale currently being prepared in the lab. … Continue reading

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From the collections room (starfish)

If you follow this blog regularly, you know that in 2007 VMNH moved into a new building. With a collection of tens of millions of specimens (remember, we have more than just fossils) some things get shuffled around and end … Continue reading

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