Category Archives: From the Collections Room

RECORD 8,000!

Well… Ary and I are still working on the fossil insect grant. Things are slowly moving forward- but we have reached over 8,000 records! Woohooo! We have about 700 more to go as we need to photograph and catalog 8,910 insects … Continue reading

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More Bugs!

This has been an exciting week in Paleontology! A few days ago, the discovery of a feathered dinosaur tail fragment was all over the internet and yesterday our stackshot equipment (which was being fixed) returned to the lab. Ok- maybe … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Paleozoic Treasures at the Virginia Museum of Natural History

Today’s Guest Blog Post is by Bill Schmachtenberg, a VMNH Research Associate. In this blog, Bill shares his findings and experiences since working with me in the Invertebrate Paleontology Collection this summer. I am Bill Schmachtenberg, a research associate at VMNH. … Continue reading

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Unpacking the Cretaceous and Devonian

In January of 2013, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum, in Winchester, VA, transferred their orphan collection to the VMNH. Within this collection, there is a plethora of critters from the Cretaceous of Montana to the Devonian of Virginia largely thanks to … Continue reading

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From the Collections Room (Belostomatidae)

I’m back at the museum after a short vacation, but the lab didn’t shut down in my absence. Christina took lots of photos of Solite insects while I was gone, including a number of belostomatids.

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From the Collections Room (Pseudopolycentropodes)

Christina has been making steady progress photographing the Solite insects, a project that is being paid for by the National Science Foundation. Waterbugs, likely from the family Notonectidae, are probably the most common insects at the site, but the insects are actually … Continue reading

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From the Collections Room (Bothriolepis)

Virginia has a remarkably complete rock record, at least for the Phanerozoic Eon (the last 541 million years or so). With the exception of the Permian Period, every Phanerozoic time period is represented in Virginia by at least a few fossiliferous … Continue reading

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