Category Archives: Museums

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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INSECT 8,910!!

Well, we reached our goal back in mid-July! 8,910 fossil insects have been photographed and cataloged (This post is a bit late as we had been busy with fieldwork for the last two weeks)! And here it is, our 8,910th … Continue reading

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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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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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Bootherium Prep Party!

In preparation for a new paleontology exhibit focused around Pleistocene fauna, one of the specimens to be included is a partial skeleton for Bootherium, a relative of the musk ox. While VMNH does have Bootherium skeletal elements in its collection, there were … Continue reading

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Save the Date! SeAVP 2016

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Welcome Alex Hastings – VMNH Assistant Curator of Paleontology

I am happy to introduce Dr. Alex Hastings, VMNH’s new Assistant Curator of Paleontology! Dr. Hastings came to us from his postdoctoral fellowship in Germany at the Geiseltalmuseum. During his fellowship, he studied the ecology and evolution of fossil crocodilians from Germany, … Continue reading

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Get Out From Under The Rock!

…is a common phrase I either think or mutter out loud to fossils during various excavations. But today, that phrase has a different meeting. In January, I spent two days at the University of Florida participating in the iDigBio Workshop for … Continue reading

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Paleo Teaching Kits Update!

Before his departure for California, former curator Dr. Dooley started not only the molding and casting program but developed three fossil teaching kits. These kits provide a resource to teachers that is durable, reusable, and hands-on. These kits include cast replicas … Continue reading

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Fossil Fair 2014 at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Saturday, the VMNH paleontology department (Ray and I), the biology technician (Liberty), and two educators (Sara and Sydney) traveled to Raleigh, NC to participate in the 2014 North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) Fossil Fair.

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