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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Reworked fossils, Part 2

I had planned for this piece on reworked fossils to be two parts, but when I saw how big Part 2 was getting I decided to go with three parts instead. So today we’ll look at some examples of reworked … Continue reading

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Reworked fossils, Part 1

When discussing fossil deposits with the public the subject of reworked specimens occasionally comes up. Reworked specimens are often (but not always) easy to spot. Shown above are two teeth from the same bed at Carmel Church, both from the … Continue reading

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Carmel Church wrap-up

We finished up our second Carmel Church excavation of 2010 on Sunday, with the completion of our last two jackets, shown above just before they were flipped. These were our fourth and fifth jackets of the trip. We unloaded them … Continue reading

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