Category Archives: Carmel Church Geology

Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 4

Due to poor weather conditions, lingering snow, and ice, I lost three days of excavation time. Fortunately, my next crew of volunteers arrived safely and had excellent weather conditions to work in on their first day. This new crew consists … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 7

I only have a short report today, because even though we’re doing a lot of work, it’s mainly trying to prep bones we’ve already located for removal. Working around the boulders and digging through the cobble-rich conglomerate makes this a … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

We had a small crew today, as Laura is away for a few days while Christina and Ashley spent the day at a SAGE workshop. Sam, Chip, and I spent the day at the quarry and made a lot of … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 3

Usually by the third day of an excavation things have started to settle into a routine. For this excavation, routine means big rocks, and we found several more today.

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SVP 2011 meeting, Day 3

I got an early start today, with several talks on marine reptiles. Sue Beardmore, Patrick Orr, and Heinz Furrer did a taphonomic study of pachypleurosaurids, small Triassic reptiles from Switzerland (including Neusticosaurs, like the above example at the Denver Museum … Continue reading

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A few minor points on the Virginia earthquake

I had not initially intended to do a post on yesterday’s earthquake in Virginia, mostly because there are a lot of structural geologists and seismologists that can do a much better job of describing this event than I can. For … Continue reading

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Reworked fossils, Part 3

Yesterday we saw that the Carmel Church bonebed, which is only about two feet thick, contains a whole variety of shark teeth from different ages. Reworked fossils are often treated by paleontologists (including me) with a certain amount of mild disdain, … Continue reading

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