Monthly Archives: August 2013

Casting the Earlham Castoroides, Part 5

We’ve finished our fifth straight 10-hour day working on Earlham’s giant beaver, and we’ve got a good workflow going. For the most part Ray is doing the initial clay work on each bone, and pouring the silicone to make the … Continue reading

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Casting the Earlham Castoroides, Part 4

We’ve completed our fourth day of work molding and casting Earlham College’s skeleton of the giant beaver Castoroides ohioensis, and things are starting to pick up. We have a virtual assembly line of molds in progress, and both start new … Continue reading

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Casting the Earlham Castoroides, Part 3

We had a another full day today, only interrupted by my lunchtime lecture on “Sinistra” for the Earlham Biology Department (and, I have to say that I was impressed that more than 50 faculty and students showed up for a … Continue reading

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Casting the Earlham Castoroides, Part 2

Today was our second day working on the Earlham College giant beaver Castoroides ohioensis, making new molds of the specimen so we can produce new casts.

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Casting the Earlham College giant beaver

I mentioned last week that we were getting ready to start a large project at VMNH, and that’s now underway. Ray and I are going to spend the next three weeks at the Joseph Moore Museum at Earlham College, producing … Continue reading

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What makes a museum a museum?

I’ve talked from time to time both in posts and in comments about the nature and importance of natural history museums. Yesterday was VMNH’s quarterly Board of Trustees meeting, which inspired me to discuss in a bit more detail some … Continue reading

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Staff changes

Although I haven’t been getting a lot of posts written lately, we’ve been very busy in the lab, ramping up our molding and casting program and preparing to start a new grant. We’re also having some personnel changes.

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