Category Archives: General Geology

The Paleo Lab Welcomes A New Intern! (A guest blog by Madison Pullis)

Hello everyone! I am one of the new interns invading the Virginia Museum of Natural History this summer. My name is Madison Pullis and I can be found in the Paleontology lab most days. I am from Mt. Pleasant, Iowa … Continue reading

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New stromatolite donation

A frequent activity in my job is responding to public requests for identification of possible fossils. The majority of these turn out to not be fossils at all, but a few are, and some of those eventually make their way … Continue reading

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Carmel Church, Day 3

A moderate amount of bone has started showing up in both pits, although since we’re mostly working in deeply weathered material we usually can’t tell yet what kinds of bones we have. But we are getting some interesting – and … Continue reading

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Sorry, it’s not an egg

As a government-employed paleontologist, one aspect of my job is answer inquiries from the public about paleontology. This often includes identifying potential fossils, and that means the dreaded “dinosaur egg”.

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The Black Hills, Part 4

If you’ve been following my first three installments on the Black Hills (Mesozoic, Paleozoic, and Proterozoic rocks) it should be clear by now that the Black Hills rocks are layer out in a series of concentric rings that get progressively … Continue reading

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The Black Hills, Part 3

As we saw in the last post, the Black Hills are surrounded by a ring of Mesozoic and Paleozoic sedimentary rocks that get progressively older toward the interior of the Black Hills. However, after just a few kilometers we’ve passed … Continue reading

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The Black Hills, Part 2

In Part 1, we saw that the Black Hills are surrounded by the Red Valley, which gains its color from the Triassic Spearfish Formation. The outer wall of the Red Valley is made of Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments. But what … Continue reading

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