Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sauropod dorsal vertebra

Volunteer Jim Slezak has been preparing some of our Morrison Formation dinosaur material over the last several years. He recently completed another specimen for us, the small sauropod vertebra shown above. 

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Reinforcements arrive

With the size of them VMNH paleontology collections, I’ve gradually fallen further and further behind in specimen preparation and cataloging. Hopefully we can now start to address that backlog. Today was the first day of work for our new research … Continue reading

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Twelve hours of prep work

One of the issues with collecting at Carmel Church is that, once exposed to air, the fossils weather at a spectacular rate. Within days gypsum will start to grow on the surface, and over the next few months the bones … Continue reading

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Hungry Mother State Park

The last month has been pretty intense, with an exhibit opening, getting our Petridish fundraising page launched, and various administrative duties. I needed to get away for a few days, so Tim and I headed off for a couple of … Continue reading

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New Carmel Church funding drive

If you’ve been following this blog over the last few years, you’ve discovered that running an excavation is a time-consuming, labor-intensive process. Unfortunately, it’s also an expensive one. Staff and volunteers have to be housed and fed, we have to … Continue reading

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Southeastern GSA-Day 2

Today was the final day of the GSA Southeastern Section meeting. It was a full day for paleontology, with talks scheduled in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

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Southeastern GSA-Day 1

Today marked the first full day of the Southeastern GSA meeting.I was in the first poster session, presenting the research that I’ve been doing with Nancy Moncrief on prophyria in eastern fox squirrels.

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