Monthly Archives: February 2012


For almost a year now, I’ve been alluding to research on squirrels, but I didn’t want to go into detail until the results were published. That paper was finally released online yesterday, so now I’m free to discuss it. This … Continue reading

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New cast-cutting saw

Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County made a big donation today to the paleontology department, in the form of a cast-cutting saw. Cast-cutting saws are used at hospitals to remove plaster casts around broken bones; we use ours to … Continue reading

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Darwin Day at Roanoke College

Last Friday Roanoke College held their 5th annual Darwin Day celebration, in honor of Charles Darwin’s birthday (which was actually on February 12). Thanks to the efforts of DorothyBelle Poli this has become a big event at the college, and … Continue reading

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On Museums

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to visit a number of other museums for various reasons. These institutions are highly diverse in terms of their goals, and the contrasts between them gives me the opportunity to reflect … Continue reading

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General Assembly Building Exhibit

For the last week VMNH has had an exhibit set up in the lobby of Virginia’s General Assembly Building in Richmond. The museum’s research activities were a particular focus for the exhibit, with special emphasis on Carmel Church, which is … Continue reading

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From the Collections Room—Special Groundhog Day Edition

In honor of Groundhog Day, I did a quick search through our paleontology collections looking for groundhogs. Groundhogs (Marmota monax) have been reported from four different Pleistocene sites in Virginia, so there was a chance that we would have some. … Continue reading

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