Category Archives: Yorktown whale

“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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First Yorktown whale jacket opened

This week we opened the first of 17 jackets from the Yorktown whale, which we’ve nicknamed “Cornwallis”. I had not planned to open any of these jackets until the fall, but it turns out we needed a large whale vertebra … Continue reading

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Yorktown whale wrap-up

On Thursday we finished up our excavation of the Yorktown whale, racing to beat a weather front that was moving into the area and which would have almost certainly destroyed any exposed bone. We took out several jackets, including one … Continue reading

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Yorktown whale day 3; the Navy to rescue!

I’ve been a bit concerned about this excavation. It’s supposed to start raining on Friday, and with the pit already only a few inches above the water table it will rapidly flood. We’ve been getting a lot of help from … Continue reading

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Yorktown whale day 2

Today was a busy and surprising day for us on the York River, as we continued excavating a large fossil baleen whale from the Eastover Formation. One of the morning’s first activities was a series of interviews with the Navy; … Continue reading

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The Yorktown whale

When we talk about whales from the U.S. Atlantic coast, we’re usually talking about specimens from the Middle Miocene Calvert Formation, since the vast majority of the whales from this region come from that unit. However, there are other units … Continue reading

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