The 2012 Society of Vertebrate Paleontology meeting is being held this week in Raleigh, North Carolina. The first meeting activity actually started a few days ago with a Triassic Basin field trip, which included stops at VMNH and at the CEMEX Solite Quarry. One of the trip participants was Nick Fraser from the National Museum of Scotland, who was my predecessor at VMNH and has done much of the research at Solite. Nick and Andy are serving as scales above, indicating respectively the bottom and the top of one of the depositional cycles. Below, Nick is explaining the detailed stratigraphy within a cycle.
Solite rarely disappoints us, and even though we only spent a few hours at the site material still turned up. Yvonne Lins found a relatively large tetrapod skeleton (below), which may be a particularly large specimen of Tanytrachelos. We took this back to the museum, where we’ll attempt to do some prep work on it in the coming months.
After lunch at the museum, Ray and I headed to Raleigh for the meeting itself. Technical sessions start Wednesday morning and run through Saturday. As in the past, I’ll be posting here about the conference activities, and you can also follow on Twitter at the hashtag #2012SVP.