Category Archives: “Popeye”

Popeye’s upper jaw

The field jacket containing the lower jaw of the baleen whale “Popeye” also contains a large amount of additional bones. Most of these are from Popeye’s upper jaws, specifically the maxillae and premaxillae. We’ve begun reconstructing “Popeye’s” skull in our … Continue reading

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Popeye’s lower jaw

I’ve been remiss in writing new posts the last few weeks. After a brief vacation, I’ve been overwhelmed with administrative duties and haven’t had a lot of time for anything else. But Ray and Martha have been very active in … Continue reading

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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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Popeye’s skull

Just before I left for Carmel Church we opened one of the jackets containing the skull of “Popeye“, a baleen whale from Carmel Church that we collected over five separate excavations during 2008-2009. Volunteers Martha and James began removing sediment … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 2

Things started drying out today, and Tim and I moved perhaps a half-ton of sediment before lunch. By around 2:00 pm we were into the bonebed, with several small bits and pieces of bone exposed. In the image above, “1” … Continue reading

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A tale of two tail bones

The photo above shows two of the bones collected at Carmel Church last summer, which have recently been prepared. In spite of their dissimilar appearance, both are chevron bones, and both apparently come from the same whale.

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Carmel Church Day 6

More sun today, and a lot of progress. We found several small isolated vertebrae, including the anterior thoracic vertebra shown above. We’ve also hit some rich patches of sharks’ teeth, and probably collected close to a hundred today.

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