Monthly Archives: March 2011

The whales of Chuckatuck, Part 2

As I mentioned last week, we’ve only recovered two whale bones from the incredibly rich Yorktown Formation shell beds found at Chuckatuck, Virginia. The second bone, a fairly large baleen whale radius (one of the fore arm bones) is shown above. … Continue reading

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The whales of Chuckatuck, Part 1

Chuckatuck, Virginia is a small town in Isle of Wight County that sits near the James River. Over the years several quarries have been opened in or near the town, all of which exposed the Moore House Member of the … Continue reading

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Whales in the mountains

I work for a public museum (VMNH is a Virginia state agency), so part of my job is answering questions from the public about paleontology. This usually takes the form of identifying “fossils” that people have found in a local … Continue reading

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RC Conference on Student Research and Creativity

I spent Saturday at Roanoke College, attending the RC Conference on Student Research and Creativity. Roanoke has put together an impressive formal conference for students to demonstrate their academic achievements. The conference lasted all day and had multiple concurrent sessions, which … Continue reading

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Barnacle scars revisited

A few weeks ago I posted about circular trace fossils on the ribs of “Sinistra”, the Carmel Church Diorocetus. In the comments on that post, boesse and I debated whether or not these were barnacle scars, and I was eventually convinced that … Continue reading

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In which I misidentify another specimen…

As the blog has evolved over the years, one of the things I have done to try to make it more interesting and more representative of paleontology as a career is the daily updates from my excavations. My hope has … Continue reading

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Pi Day

Today, March 14, is Pi Day. Brett suggested that I mark the day by writing a non-repeating, non-ending blog post, but I though that might be a little beyond my writing stamina limits (not to mention your reading stamina). Therefore, … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

Today was our final day with any significant digging. After Brett and Tim left yesterday*, there were only four of us left to dig, but we still managed to get two top jackets finished before lunch. Above, Laura is doing … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

With Thursday’s heavy rain behind us, we were able to get back into the site this morning. Things were about as bad as I had feared, with a lot of mud slopped into the pit in spite of the tarps … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

Low temperatures continued today, but the rain held off and we were able to get in a full day’s work. Things are moving quickly now as we try to get ahead of schedule, since we’re almost guaranteed to lose tomorrow … Continue reading

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