This past Saturday, July 30th, Dr. Alex Hastings (Asst. Curator of Paleontology at the VMNH) gave an online presentation for the international community called Science Circle. This group gets together regularly via Second Life, which allows people from all over the world to interact in a virtual setting. For the presentation, Science Circle member Dr. Bill Schmachtenberg (Ferrum College & Franklin County High School) set up some images of the VMNH as well as some large snakes in the background for the virtual presentation.
This summer, the VMNH paired up with Lynchburg College and headed to northern Wyoming to help excavate out Jurassic dinosaur bones from a 140 million year old site.
Dr. Brooke Haiar of Lynchburg College (right) directing the field crew at the dinosaur site in Wyoming.
The bones belong to a sauropod (long-necked dinosaur), including key parts of the hip and ankle that tell researchers a lot about how these animals moved. The site has been worked on previously, and from bones extracted in 2014, tail vertebrae of the animal seem most similar to Continue reading
My name is Elizabeth Mizikar, and I am a rising senior at Pennsylvania State University. I am majoring in Geobiology and plan on pursuing graduate school in the future. Recently, I began a five week internship at the Virginia Museum of Natural History in the Paleontology Department. Over the last two weeks, I have gained a lot of experience working in the Prep Lab.
On the first day of my internship, I joined the museum on a field site excavation. Throughout Continue reading
Saturday presented us with sunshine and a good crew for our excavation at Solite Quarry. This site rarely disappoints and Saturday did not disappoint. Some fragmentary material was collected but we also found the two specimens below: the posterior half of a Tanytrachelos and what I can guess might be a fish. Continue reading
Prepping a shark tooth via pin vice
My name is Courtland Lyle, and I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I am pursuing a double major in both geology and biology and wish to study paleontology on a graduate level in the near future. I have always loved prehistoric life. I would describe myself as the kind of person who was a dino-nut as a child and never grew out of that interest – if anything, that passion has grown. Now I know that there is so much more to paleontology than just dinosaurs. In fact, my love of Cenozoic mammals has surpassed my love of dinosaurs.
Blog by VMNH Paleontology Intern, Paige Dzindolet
I am a rising senior attending Roanoke College and am working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology. I recently began a summer internship at the Virginia Museum of Natural History, which counts as a class credit towards said Biology minor. I chose this internship partly because I have always loved Continue reading
We made it back to Solite Saturday with a good sized crew of volunteers! Upon arriving at the quarry, the pit appeared to have not been disturbed. Last year, we decided to go on hiatus to give the rock time to weather during the winter. Weathering is exactly what we needed! The insect bed was significantly easier to separate from the underlying dolostone and the slabs of previously removed overburden (fish/plant/Tany layers) split like a dream.