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About Alex

I recently started the position of Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Virginia Museum of Natural History. My background is in fossil reptiles including crocodiles and the giant snake Titanoboa. I'm very excited to start working with some great fossils in Virginia!

Fossil Dinosaur Eggs at the VMNH

About 66 million years ago, at the end of the Age of the Dinosaurs, Montana was home to many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small.  Those dinosaurs lived and bred in the lush riverine landscapes of a much warmer Montana.  … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: New App Features Fossils from the VMNH Collections

3D Fossil, an app that was just released this past month features material from the VMNH collection of pre-Dinosaur Age fossils (Paleozoic). These fossils include rare specimens that are not on display, such as the fossil starfish shown above, and … Continue reading

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Titanoboa Talk goes online with Science Circle

  This past Saturday, July 30th, Dr. Alex Hastings (Asst. Curator of Paleontology at the VMNH) gave an online presentation for the international community called Science Circle.  This group gets together regularly via Second Life, which allows people from all … Continue reading

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Digging for Dinosaurs in Wyoming

This summer, the VMNH paired up with Lynchburg College and headed to northern Wyoming to help excavate out Jurassic dinosaur bones from a 140 million year old site. The bones belong to a sauropod (long-necked dinosaur), including key parts of the … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Courtland’s Summer Internship

My name is Courtland Lyle, and I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am pursuing a double major in both geology and biology and wish to study paleontology on a graduate level … Continue reading

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Checking out Carmel Church

As the new Asst. Curator of Paleontology, I wanted to see the well-known Carmel Church Quarry firsthand. It was a quick trip (Sunday to Tuesday) to check out this great fossil site. I headed over to Caroline County, Virginia with fellow VMNH … Continue reading

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Dinosaur Footprints in Culpeper VA

The paleontology crew from the VMNH headed up to Culpeper, Virginia to attend a special viewing of the impressive dinosaur trackways of the Luck Stone quarry. These fossils come from a roughly 210-million-year-old mudflat preserved in place and exposed within the … Continue reading

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