Category Archives: Invertebrate Paleontology

Coming to a close…

Guest blog by Aryanna “Baby-Hands” James Unfortunately, it is about that time that I say goodbye as my internship comes to an end. However, I love it here so much that it is not an indefinite goodbye as I will … Continue reading

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Will fame corrupt our sweet bugs-next-door, the Solite insects?

  Well, our beloved Triassic insects have been making some science news as there have been a few recent papers published regarding the Solite fossils. Which begs the question- will fame corrupt these sweet fossils? Fortunately, no. They have been … Continue reading

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Guest Blog: Paige’s Summer Internship

Blog by VMNH Paleontology Intern, Paige Dzindolet  I am a rising senior attending Roanoke College and am working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I recently began a summer internship at the Virginia … Continue reading

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Solite Excavation Day 29

We made it back to Solite Saturday with a good sized crew of volunteers!  Upon arriving at the quarry, the pit appeared to have not been disturbed. Last year, we decided to go on hiatus to give the rock time to … Continue reading

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Not Just Paleo. People in Paleo. Collections

More often than not, the volunteers I work with are students who are aspiring paleontologists/biologists/geologists. This weekend was a change of pace. One of VMNH’s research associates, Dr. Bill Schmachtenberg, brought two of his students from Ferrum College to help catalog … Continue reading

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Guest Blog Follow-up: Franklin County High School Students Identify Mystery Fossils from VMNH

By William Schmachtenberg On August 19, 2015, high school students at Franklin County High School in Rocky Mount, VA identified fossils that had not yet been identified from the VMNH collections. At first, they compared the fossils with books on fossils … 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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Solite Excavation: Day 27 and 28

Day 27: Picking up from two weeks ago, Ray and I, along with Alex (Dr. Hastings), headed out to Solite again to continue collecting the exposed insect bed. Due to the focus on the insect bed, we did not find … Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Days 15, 16, and 17

This week’s Solite excavation update is going to combine the findings from the last 3 days of excavation. The first two  excavations (Jan. 10th and 17th) of the year focused on continuing to remove overburden from the outcrop. During these … Continue reading

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Solite Excavation: Day 10

Day 10 of our excavation at Solite Quarry was all about Tanytrachelos, a small aquatic reptile from the Triassic. Much of the area we were excavating involved shale within ~2-3 inches from the top of the insect bed. It was within … Continue reading

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