Monthly Archives: November 2012

Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 2

Our goal in reconstructing the baby baleen whale “Buttercup” is to model a complete skull for exhibit purposes. In Part 1 we molded and cast the six preserved fragments, but these only add up to about 20% of the skull. … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 1

One of the nice things about the discovery last year of the baby whale “Buttercup” is that we were able to determine that it belonged to the species Diorocetus hiatus. We also have another example of Diorocetus, “Sinistra“, which is … Continue reading

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GSA meeting, Day 4

Today was a short day for me, as we had to check out of the hotel and then head back a bit early; Brett has to go almost straight away to another conference to present on virtual field trips. I still … Continue reading

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GSA 2012 meeting, Day 3

During day 3 of the GSA meeting I attended several talks, including part of a session on the geologic maps of Vesta being produced as a result of NASA’s Dawn spacecraft mission. Vesta’s surface has been divided into 15 quadrangles … Continue reading

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GSA 2012 meeting, Day 2

With my poster behind me, I was able to spend a good part of day 2 at the GSA meeting looking at other people’s work. I spent more than half the day in the poster session, looking at some of … Continue reading

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GSA 2012 meeting, Day 1

On Friday Brett and I drove to Charlotte, NC for the 2012 meeting of the Geological Society of America. Brett spent Saturday in a workshop while I caught up on museum paperwork and prepared a public lecture on Carmel Church. … Continue reading

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