Category Archives: Rappahannock River sperm whale

SVP, Day 4

It was a full slate for me today, as there were lots of whale and other mammal talks. Aaron Wood et al. presented on a new specimen of the Eocene horse Hyracotherium from Wyoming with a well-preserved vertebral column (the specimen … Continue reading

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Sperm whale update

Friday I was able to spend the entire day working on the Rappahannock sperm whale (fortunate, since my poster at next month’s SVP meeting is about this specimen). I concentrated on the bone labeled as “unidentified bone” in the photo … Continue reading

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Calvert Formation sperm whales

There is only one modern species of sperm whale, but it’s a family that was more diverse in the past. A big question for paleontologists is “just how diverse”, because sperm whales are rare in the fossil record. The most … Continue reading

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More sperm whale

It looks like Apple may have finally fixed their server problems (at least, if you’re able to comment on this post they have done so). The photo above shows the left dentary, still in the jacket. It has an oddly … Continue reading

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Sperm whale update

Over the last two days we made a big step forward in preparing the Rappahannock sperm whale. We were finally able to remove one of the dentary fragments that was stuck to the skull. The photo above shows the the … Continue reading

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More sperm whale

I’m back from vacation, and hopefully I’ll be able to pick up the pace on new entries. The Rappahannock sperm whale is shown above. We’ve made a fair amount of progress exposing the recovered parts of the skull, which appear … Continue reading

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Sperm whale update, and new exhibit

It turns out that we recovered more of the sperm whale skull than I thought. The two large, flat bones to the left of the scale bar are the back ends of the dentaries (lower jaws), but almost everything visible … Continue reading

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