Category Archives: Modern critters

“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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Squirrel!

For almost a year now, I’ve been alluding to research on squirrels, but I didn’t want to go into detail until the results were published. That paper was finally released online yesterday, so now I’m free to discuss it. This … Continue reading

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Exploding club mosses

I arrived back home from the SVP meeting a few days ago, and I’m still trying to catch up with all the things I ignored over the last 2 weeks. At some point I’ll add some additional posts about the … Continue reading

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Parfrey’s Glen

Thursday morning Tim and I began driving from Martinsville to Minneapolis for the Geological Society of America meeting. Tim is currently taking a geology class from Brett and me, which includes several field labs. A site we picked for one … Continue reading

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Virginia Academy of Science meeting

I spent today attending the annual meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science, held this year at the University of Richmond. Specifically, I was attending the Natural History and Biodiversity section, which included 15 talks and 4 posters. While I wasn’t presenting … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting afternoon session

After lunch, Timothy Gaudin, Greg McDonald, and Ascanio Rincón kicked off the afternoon session by looking at the relationships within the sloth family Megalonychidae, which includes such diverse forms as the extinct giant ground sloth Megalonyx and the extant two-toed sloth Choloepus (above … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting morning session

The SeAVP meeting has grown over the years, and with 28 presentations and posters I’ve decided to break it up into two posts. The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology got underway this morning with a … Continue reading

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