Monthly Archives: November 2013

Carmel Church, Day 5

With cold weather closing in, we decided to wrap up our excavation today. That meant we had to remove a bit more material from the Buttercup Pit, including the Hemipristis tooth shown above.

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Carmel Church, Day 4

The weather is expected to turn bad in a few days, so we’re trying to remove as many bones as we can before this weekend. Our small pit in the northeast part of the quarry produced several more bones today, … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 3

A moderate amount of bone has started showing up in both pits, although since we’re mostly working in deeply weathered material we usually can’t tell yet what kinds of bones we have. But we are getting some interesting – and … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 2

Today was our first full day digging. While Christina and Ashley worked on expanding the Buttercup Pit from 2012, I focused on some heavily weathered bones exposed in a drainage ditch in the northeast corner of the site. After several … Continue reading

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Return to Carmel Church

The day after returning from the North Carolina Fossil Fair, Christina, Ashley and I headed to Carmel Church to try to get in a quick excavation before Thanksgiving.

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North Carolina Fossil Fair

Yesterday, the entire VMNH Paleontology staff (Ray, Christina, and I) along with volunteers Tim Dooley and Ashley Kendrick and Roanoke College professor/ VMNH research associate DorothyBelle Poli, traveled to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh for the … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 8

Having finally produced a resin cast of the cranium of “Buttercup“, we want to make the cast look like a real fossil for exhibit purposes.That means painting, which is a multistep process.

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Short Castoroides update

I haven’t talked much lately about our casts of the giant beaver, Castoroides, but that’s not indicative of how much work we’re putting into it. Late last week the project took a big step forward, when we received the steel … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 7

Today we took a big step forward in our effort to reconstruct and produce a replica of “Buttercup” one of our juvenile baleen whales from Carmel Church. With my last update we had completed the silicone mold for the dorsal … Continue reading

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