Category Archives: Carmel Church Osteichthyans

Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 1

Today marks the first of two things: VMNH’s first CCQ excavation of 2015 and my first excavation where I am the organizer and leader. Many thanks to Martin Marietta Quarry for continuing to support VMNH’s efforts in the quarry. Due to … Continue reading

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Big scary Carmel Church fish

On the first day of our Carmel Church excavation last November Christina found associated remains of a fish skull (above). This was pretty exciting, because associated fish remains (multiple bones from one individual) are relatively rare at Carmel Church. I … Continue reading

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Return to Carmel Church

The day after returning from the North Carolina Fossil Fair, Christina, Ashley and I headed to Carmel Church to try to get in a quick excavation before Thanksgiving.

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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 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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Carmel Church Day 7

This has been an interesting excavation so far, in that it seems like we’re not getting a lot of whale bones. In fact, we’re averaging more than two cetacean elements per day, which is pretty good, but they’ve mostly been … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Day 5

We had a very productive day, locating several new bones. The first task this morning was to further widen the pit, and to complete the removal of the articulated fish vertebrae that Courtland found yesterday. As it turned out, the … Continue reading

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