Monthly Archives: November 2011

From the Collections Room (Branta)

With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I had hoped to do an entry about fossil turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) from Virginia. Turkeys have been reported from a few Virginia Pleistocene deposits in Augusta County (Guilday, 1962) and Bath County (Guilday et al, 1977). But … Continue reading

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Lava flows near Flagstaff, Arizona

Over the next few weeks I’m going to try to post pictures of some of the geological sites Tim and I saw on our drive to Las Vegas for the SVP meeting. A lot of these are road cuts along … Continue reading

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Exploding club mosses

I arrived back home from the SVP meeting a few days ago, and I’m still trying to catch up with all the things I ignored over the last 2 weeks. At some point I’ll add some additional posts about the … Continue reading

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SVP 2011 meeting, Day 4

Today was the last day of the SVP meeting. I started off the day with a walk through the posters. Yoshitsugu Kobayashi and others reported an amazing slab from the Cretaceous of China containing specimens of the aquatic choristodere Monjurosuchus. … Continue reading

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SVP 2011 meeting, Day 3

I got an early start today, with several talks on marine reptiles. Sue Beardmore, Patrick Orr, and Heinz Furrer did a taphonomic study of pachypleurosaurids, small Triassic reptiles from Switzerland (including Neusticosaurs, like the above example at the Denver Museum … Continue reading

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SVP 2011 meeting, Day 2

I managed to make it to a few more talks today, including several elephant talks. There are two generally recognized species of mammoths in North America, the cold climate woolly mammoth Mammuthus primigenius and the warm climate Columbian mammoth M. … Continue reading

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SVP 2011 meeting, Day1

Tim and I arrived in Las Vegas last night for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting. After check-in and picking up name tags, I spent most of the morning catching up with friends and collaborators (this is my first SVP … Continue reading

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