Category Archives: Carmel Church reptiles

Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 3

My wish came true – the rain wasn’t as severe as I feared it would be! We were able to get into the pit and log about 6 hrs of work. Wednesday’s focus was on removing the Choptank Formation and finding … Continue reading

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Carmel Church Quarry 2015 Day 2

Today’s report will be relatively short. Despite the cold, my crew soldiered on to join me in the pit to begin the process of uncovering the area of the Calvert Formation I want to work on during this excavation. Task … Continue reading

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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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“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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Sea turtle coracoid

Today we’ve been moving a lot of Carmel Church bones from the lab into Collections storage, and making identifications as we go. One bone, shown above, was a bit unusual. It’s just a fragment, with a flat articular surface at … 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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