Dino Day 2014

2014-01-12aYesterday was VMNH’s 2014 Dino Day festival, and in spite of the pouring rain we had a pretty good turnout, which gave visitors a chance to participate in various activities and to hear lectures from Virginia Tech paleontologist Sterling Nesbitt. In previous years the Paleontology Department has opened a new jacket on Dino Day, but this year we decided to try something a little different.


For various projects we need to make several cast copies of Earlham College’s giant beaver, Castoroides ohioensis. This year we moved our casting supplies into the Hall of Ancient Life and took on the challenge of making a replica of an entire skeleton of Castoroides – a total of 69 casts – in a single day, while giving visitors a chance to see the process up close.

It was a busy day, but after just under 7 hours our goal was completed:


Thanks to Ray, Christina, Ashley, and James (who had to leave before we took this photo), for spending their Saturday working on our newest copy of Castoroides:



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2 Responses to Dino Day 2014

  1. Looks like the beard is reappearing! Congrats on the recasting in 7 hours. The teeth alone probably took up half that time.

  2. altondooley says:

    It’s starting to grow back; I haven’t decided whether or not to keep it.

    One reason we were able to finish on time is that the pourings all went really smoothly. We only had to rep our one mold (it wasn’t sealed properly and all the resin leaked out the first time).

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