Category Archives: “Sinistra”

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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Trace fossils on whale ribs

Piedmont Governor’s School student Zach Turman is doing a project on quantifying shark bite marks on the ribs of the Carmel Church baleen whale “Sinistra”. This whale was heavily scavenged by sharks, and he’s finding tons of bites. However, he … Continue reading

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Sinistra’s ribs

It has been awhile since I’ve talked about “Sinistra”, the specimen of the baleen whale Diorocetus hiatus from Carmel Church. The lack of posts does not indicate a lack of interest or activity in this whale, however. “Sinistra” is apparently the … Continue reading

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Dino Day 2010

VMNH’s Dino Day festival was held yesterday. The day started off early with the installation of a new exhibit case. One of our volunteers, Mike Morriss, owns Imageworks, a cabinetry manufacturer in Chester, Virginia. Imageworks is constructing and donating two beautiful … Continue reading

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Cleaning out the dustbin

The so-called cetotheres have been a thorn in the side of cetacean taxonomists and systematists for the better part of a century. Traditionally the family Cetotheriidae has included almost any extinct baleen whale that can’t be assigned to the Balaenopteridae … Continue reading

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Left-handed whale died a painful death

I’m back in Martinsville for a couple of weeks, but I’ll be back at Carmel Church soon. One of the reasons I returned is because of the release today of a new paper by Brian Beatty and me on one … 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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Diorocetus update

On March 31, 2007, the new VMNH building opened to the public for the first time. As part of the opening event, we opened our largest jacket, a whale skull collected from Carmel Church in May, 2005:

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Garber Facility

After giving a lecture at the Caroline County Visitor Center last night, I drove to Suitland, Maryland. This morning I was joined by Brian Beatty from NYCOM, and we headed over to the Smithsonian’s Garber Facility, where the whales (among many other … Continue reading

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Whale update-more vertebrae

Just before I left for SVP, I found the last two jackets from the Carmel Church whale and moved them into the lab so Ward could work on them while I was gone. The larger of the two jackets (above) … Continue reading

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