Monthly Archives: September 2010

Reworked fossils, Part 3

Yesterday we saw that the Carmel Church bonebed, which is only about two feet thick, contains a whole variety of shark teeth from different ages. Reworked fossils are often treated by paleontologists (including me) with a certain amount of mild disdain, … Continue reading

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Reworked fossils, Part 2

I had planned for this piece on reworked fossils to be two parts, but when I saw how big Part 2 was getting I decided to go with three parts instead. So today we’ll look at some examples of reworked … Continue reading

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Reworked fossils, Part 1

When discussing fossil deposits with the public the subject of reworked specimens occasionally comes up. Reworked specimens are often (but not always) easy to spot. Shown above are two teeth from the same bed at Carmel Church, both from the … Continue reading

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“Picasso” update

We’ve made a lot of progress the last few weeks on “Picasso”, the Carmel Church baleen whale we’ve been working on since last year. We’ve finally begun rebuilding the skull in our sandbox, and it’s starting to look more like … Continue reading

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There’s always a bigger fish

I spent all of last week writing a manuscript on one of the Carmel Church specimens, which is why I didn’t get a post up last week. On Saturday I submitted the manuscript, and during the coming week I hope … Continue reading

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Science and the liberal arts

My first course in an earth science subject was Introductory Geology, taken during my freshman year at Carleton College. Carleton is a small liberal arts school in Minnesota, but one of the things that attracted me was their strength and … Continue reading

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Lycopodium

Yesterday I traveled to Roanoke to meet with Dr. D.B. Poli, a botanist from Roanoke College. From there we headed out to New Castle, in Craig County, Virginia to look for living examples of lycopods. DB and I are working … Continue reading

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