Category Archives: “Picasso”

Solving “Picasso’s” ear problem

When we started preparing the skull of the baleen whale “Picasso” back in 2009 (above) we ran into a small problem in that there were too many tympanic (ear bones) associated with the skull. We eventually found two pairs of … Continue reading

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Dealing with ontogeny

A colleague recently pointed out a change in my appearance that has become more obvious in recent years. It’s noticeable in the images above, from 2005 (left) and 2010. Here are some closeups emphasizing the change:

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“Picasso” update

We’ve made a lot of progress the last few weeks on “Picasso”, the Carmel Church baleen whale we’ve been working on since last year. We’ve finally begun rebuilding the skull in our sandbox, and it’s starting to look more like … Continue reading

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“Picasso” vertebrae

Just before I left for Carmel Church, we opened the jacket containing the vertebral column of “Picasso”. Volunteer Ward Littlefield worked on preparing that material while I was in the field, and the initial results are pretty stunning (above).

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More ears in “Picasso”

With the diplodocid ilium out of the sandbox, we’ve been able to pick up the pace on our preparation of the Carmel Church whale “Picasso”. This rather badly crushed and weathered specimen, which includes a skull and the anterior part … Continue reading

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“Picasso” progress

On Friday I did a bit of prep work on “Picasso”, the whale we collected from Carmel Church in 2005 and began preparing last year. Picasso’s skull, to use a technical term, is “a big ‘ole mess”; it’s badly crushed … Continue reading

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“Picasso” update

**This is new text for this post. Due to a technical error, the original text was lost.*** A few weeks ago I mentioned that Brett had given the name “Picasso” to the Carmel Church whale currently being prepared in the lab. … Continue reading

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