Monthly Archives: May 2013

First Yorktown whale jacket opened

This week we opened the first of 17 jackets from the Yorktown whale, which we’ve nicknamed “Cornwallis”. I had not planned to open any of these jackets until the fall, but it turns out we needed a large whale vertebra … Continue reading

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A new NSF grant, and new publications site

I recently received word from the National Science Foundation that VMNH successfully applied for a grant related to our fossil insect collections. The grant is part of a collaborative proposal that includes most of the major fossil insect collections in … Continue reading

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There are some big whales in the Eastover Formation

As part of a (woefully overdue) book chapter, I’ve been photographing lots of baleen whales from the Chesapeake Group, the unit which includes the Oligocene, Miocene, and Pliocene formations on the coastal plains of Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The vast … Continue reading

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