Category Archives: Carmel Church mysticetes

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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“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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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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New molding project

Our molding and casting program has been very active over the last few months, especially since renovations and upgrades to some of our lab equipment has made it difficult to do a lot of prep work. We started a new … Continue reading

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Strange mysticete periotic from Carmel Church

Last year we began preparation of jackets containing “Popeye“, one of the baleen whales from Carmel Church. As with most of our Carmel Church jackets, there was a great deal of material that was not from “Popeye”, and we’ve been … 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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