Monthly Archives: August 2012

Solving “Picasso’s” ear problem

When we started preparing the skull of the baleen whale “Picasso” back in 2009 (above) we ran into a small problem in that there were too many tympanic (ear bones) associated with the skull. We eventually found two pairs of … Continue reading

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New lab equipment

We’ve been limited today in how much lab work we can do, because we’ve rearranged  our workspaces to make room for contractors that are upgrading and redirecting the exhaust ductwork in the ceiling. While it’s a minor inconvenience at the … Continue reading

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Lake Waccamaw exhibit

Last Friday I drove to Lake Waccamaw State Park in southern North Carolina (above) for an exhibit opening. Four years ago local residents found a whale skull in several feet of water at the bottom of the lake. Through the … Continue reading

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Cataloging

I tend to post mostly about the more exciting parts of my job, such as excavations, preparation, and cool new specimens. I figure most people don’t really want to hear about the endless meetings, the 70+ progress reports I have … Continue reading

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Popeye’s skull

Just before I left for Carmel Church we opened one of the jackets containing the skull of “Popeye“, a baleen whale from Carmel Church that we collected over five separate excavations during 2008-2009. Volunteers Martha and James began removing sediment … Continue reading

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Fifth SeAVP Meeting

Last Friday, the fifth annual meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology (SeAVP) was held at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. I always enjoy these meetings, in part because there is only one technical session, so I get … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 13

Today was our last day at Carmel Church, and there wasn’t much left to do. Our main task was to make our last jacket, which included several vertebrae and other bones. The jacket is shown above, just before adding the … Continue reading

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