Usually March to October is my busiest time of year, since that’s when I’m in the field, but this winter has been kind of a whirlwind. Besides writing deadlines, I’ve been involved in the planning for several exhibits and events.
Each year we have a “Dino Day” paleo-themed event at the museum (here are the 2008 and 2009 Dino Day posts); this year’s Dino Day is January 23rd. I’m presenting a public lecture about the Carmel Church Diorocetus (now named “Sinistra”), and we’re hoping to open a new dinosaur jacket.
The same week we’ll be premiering a new exhibit, “Messages from the Mesozoic”. We’ll display a number of cast skeletons, both from our collection and loans from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. We’ll also have Newark Supergroup trackways, some of our Wyoming specimens, and Agnosphitys material in the exhibit, as well as a Cretaceous log from northern Virginia (shown above). There is a reception for museum members on January 21, and the public opening will be during Dino Day. It’s scheduled to run until September 18.
We also installed a new exhibit case just before Christmas. One of our exhibit halls is called “Uncovering Virginia”, and includes displays on six localities in the state (including Solite and Carmel Church). The oldest site represented in “Uncovering Virginia” is Carboniferous, but that leaves almost the entire Paleozoic unrepresented in the exhibits. The new case features 36 Virginia specimens from the Cambrian through Devonian (plus a Proterozoic dropstone):