Category Archives: “Buttercup”

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. Advertisements

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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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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 6

Over the last couple of weeks we’ve been making the molds of the cranium of Buttercup, our reconstruction of a baby Diorocetus from Carmel Church. Last week we poured silicone on the dorsal side of the cranium. This took a … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 5

Lots of travel, and work on Castoroides and the Fossil Insect Collaborative, has disrupted some of our other work in the Paleo lab, but we’re finally starting to get back to some other projects. One of these is our effort … Continue reading

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Could this dentary be from Buttercup?

In July 2011, when we collected the first fragments from the baby baleen whale “Buttercup“, we of course collected a lot of additional material found in the same pit. One piece that went unnoticed at the time was the small … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 4

Ray has been working on-and-off for the last few months to reconstruct the skull of “Buttercup”, our juvenile Diorocetus specimen from Carmel Church. He’s made a lot of progress since my last update.

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Reconstructing Buttercup, Part 3

After producing molds and casts of the preserved portions of the baleen whale “Buttercup”, and sketching out a life-sized approximation of the skull while accounting for ontogenetic changes, the next step in our reconstruction is to make a physical model. … Continue reading

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