Category Archives: “Caroline”

“Stories from Skeletons” exhibit at VMNH

The main exhibit hall at VMNH is the Harvest Foundation Hall of Ancient Life. There are five structural columns in the Ancient Life Hall, and these columns have cases built around them. Since the building opened we’ve used those cases … 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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Extremes

Administrative duties, combined with multiple approaching grant deadlines and conferences, have slowed my writing considerably. My posting rate should pick up later this month with the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology conference, followed in November by the Geological Society of America … Continue reading

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Identifying homologies

Over the last few weeks I’ve been doing some anatomical work on baleen whales, including the Lake Waccamaw Balaenula skull (above).  As part of this work I’ve been trying to identify various features of the skull and compare them to … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting morning session

The SeAVP meeting has grown over the years, and with 28 presentations and posters I’ve decided to break it up into two posts. The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology got underway this morning with a … Continue reading

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Broken teeth

After being inspired by Bobby Boessenecker’s blog post on “The Coastal Paleontologist” about a great white shark tooth fragment embedded in a sea otter skull, I leapt into action. There are some 1000 shark teeth from Carmel Church currently in my … Continue reading

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Periotic bone in baleen whales

One of the characters I discussed in my SEAVP talk last Thursday was the shape of the periotic bone (or petrosal). The periotic is one of the earbones, and is fantastically complex; it houses the cochlea, and several nerves run … Continue reading

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