Category Archives: Science and Technology

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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The Paleo Lab Welcomes A New Intern!

Guest writer: our new intern, Aryanna James. I am a new addition to the paleontology lab, so an introduction is in order. Additionally, I am new to the area! I moved to Martinsville, Virginia from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania over the past … Continue reading

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More Bugs!

This has been an exciting week in Paleontology! A few days ago, the discovery of a feathered dinosaur tail fragment was all over the internet and yesterday our stackshot equipment (which was being fixed) returned to the lab. Ok- maybe … 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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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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GSA wrap-up, and Goodsell Observatory

Tim and I started back home on Wednesday, with several planned stops along the way. Even with a long drive ahead of us, I did find time this morning to make it to one talk. Michael Zaleha looked at river-related sedimentary structures … Continue reading

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George Washington, canals, and geology

I grew up in Virginia, in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. At 18, when I went off to Minnesota to start college, I had no intention of returning to Virginia except to occasionally visit relatives. Little did I … Continue reading

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