My wish came true – the rain wasn’t as severe as I feared it would be! We were able to get into the pit and log about 6 hrs of work. Wednesday’s focus was on removing the Choptank Formation and finding the contact between it and the Calvert Formation. Also, this was the first day that I could see all of the pit area without the cover of snow.
After lunch, Travis continued to work on taking down the Choptank Formation while Catie and I focused on excavating a small patch of exposed Calvert Formation. One area in particular caught my eye. There I found two vertebrae: one small thoracic vertebra from a cetacean (pictured below) and a seemingly flattened fish vertebra.
A brief prospecting trip along the outcrop produced a couple interesting fossils as well including this turtle shell fragment….
…and this mystery bone. It has a distinctive morphology and appears to be mostly complete. The left portion of the fossil that is visible in the image below might be a point of articulation but more preparation is needed to clearly see all the possible articulation facets though.
Wednesday however ended up being the calm before the snow storm. For on Thursday we had the pleasure of watching as ~3 inches of snow built up on the hotel lawn.
Here’s hoping that the warmer temperatures this weekend will clear out the snow so we can get back into the pit soon!