Next week is the 3rd annual SEAVP meeting. I spent most of this week trying to get my talk ready, so I’ve been taking all kinds of new photos and doing some prep work on a few critical bones that I need for my presentation.
One of these specimens is the large atlas vertebra shown above. This appears to come from a large kentriodontid, dolphin-like odontocetes that were widespread in the middle to late Miocene. It’s fairly similar in size and shape to Hadrodelphis calvertense, which is known from the upper part of the Calvert Formation. While it’s not definitely associated, this atlas was found in the same pit as this large kentriodontid mandible:
Last April we collected a tiny tooth that looked like it could be a kentriodontid. Then, going through the collection last week to work on my talk, I came across this atlas vertebrae that was actually collected almost 10 years ago:
As always, I’ll be posting a daily summary of the SEAVP meeting.