Category Archives: Carmel Church birds

Completed Pelagornis humerus

In March 2011 we collected our first specimen of Pelagornis from Carmel Church. We didn’t get much, just the distal end of the right humerus. As it happened, we already had a fragment of a Pelagornis right humerus in our … Continue reading

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In which I misidentify another specimen…

As the blog has evolved over the years, one of the things I have done to try to make it more interesting and more representative of paleontology as a career is the daily updates from my excavations. My hope has … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 4

With Thursday’s heavy rain behind us, we were able to get back into the site this morning. Things were about as bad as I had feared, with a lot of mud slopped into the pit in spite of the tarps … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 11

We spent a scorching day working on trenches for the four jackets we’re hoping to remove by this Saturday. As usual, this produced a wealth of teeth and small bones that had to be removed and bagged (and, in some … Continue reading

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Carmel Church birds

Ward removed the bone shown above from one of the whale jackets. This is the left humerus of a bird, probably a gannet. Gannets (genus Morus) are the most common birds in the Calvert Formation, and at least three species are … Continue reading

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