Yesterday 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: