Monthly Archives: July 2010

Reptile Day, and Carmel Church news

I spent most of last week (and will spend most of this one) trying to meet various deadlines for manuscripts and grant proposals. That’s put a serious crimp in my ability to do any of the parts of my job … Continue reading

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First Carmel Church seal tooth

While we were at Carmel Church a few weeks ago, intern Judi Sclafani collected a bucket of rocks and sediment from the Calvert Formation to take a look at the sediment lithology. Upon returning to the museum she began cleaning the rocks … Continue reading

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New vertebra from Carmel Church

Our field jackets from Carmel Church have loads of bone in them, from a variety of different animals. This is true even when the jacket has been made to collect a single element like a skull. As an example, the … Continue reading

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Winchester, Virginia

On Thursday night Brett, Tim, and drove to Winchester, in extreme northern Virginia. Northern Virginia has a lot of good exposures of Devonian rocks, and we don’t have a lot of them in the VMNH collections. So Friday morning we … Continue reading

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Eagle Rock

On Friday and Saturday I accompanied Brett’s physical geology class from Patrick Henry Community College on a field trip to look at Paleozoic rocks in Botetourt County. One of the stops was an amazing roadcut on US 220 near Eagle … Continue reading

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“Picasso” vertebrae

Just before I left for Carmel Church, we opened the jacket containing the vertebral column of “Picasso”. Volunteer Ward Littlefield worked on preparing that material while I was in the field, and the initial results are pretty stunning (above).

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