Category Archives: Carmel Church mysticetes

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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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 5

As we continued to focus on the boulder field, the crew unearthed more boulder boundaries and a potential end to the boulders…well, at least an end to the boulders that are in our current pit. During this time, Grant from … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 1

Today marks the first of two things: VMNH’s first CCQ excavation of 2015 and my first excavation where I am the organizer and leader. Many thanks to Martin Marietta Quarry for continuing to support VMNH’s efforts in the quarry. Due to … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 4

The weather is expected to turn bad in a few days, so we’re trying to remove as many bones as we can before this weekend. Our small pit in the northeast part of the quarry produced several more bones today, … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 3

A moderate amount of bone has started showing up in both pits, although since we’re mostly working in deeply weathered material we usually can’t tell yet what kinds of bones we have. But we are getting some interesting – and … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 8

Having finally produced a resin cast of the cranium of “Buttercup“, we want to make the cast look like a real fossil for exhibit purposes.That means painting, which is a multistep process.

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 7

Today we took a big step forward in our effort to reconstruct and produce a replica of “Buttercup” one of our juvenile baleen whales from Carmel Church. With my last update we had completed the silicone mold for the dorsal … Continue reading

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