Category Archives: Carmel Church odontocetes

Carmel Church Day 11

The strange bone Rowan found yesterday bothered me all night. I was frustrated because there was a large, fresh-looking break (above) and I felt that if I had the rest of the bone I might be able to make a … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 5

With cold weather closing in, we decided to wrap up our excavation today. That meant we had to remove a bit more material from the Buttercup Pit, including the Hemipristis tooth shown above.

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Carmel Church, Day 4

The weather is expected to turn bad in a few days, so we’re trying to remove as many bones as we can before this weekend. Our small pit in the northeast part of the quarry produced several more bones today, … 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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Carmel Church Day 10

Today we continued trying to isolate the larger bones we’ve found over the last few days. This is a slow process at Carmel Church, because there are always so many small bones and teeth that turn up in the way. … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 9

It seems to be a paleontological rule that interesting bones will start showing up just before the end of an excavation. I’m at the point in this trip where I need to start planning the end of the excavation, so … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 8

After awhile excavations often settle into a routine. You begin to get a sort of feel for the pit, and you start to focus on removing bones you’ve already found rather than finding new things. At Carmel Church it’s a … Continue reading

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