Tag Archives: Taphonomy

SeAVP meeting afternoon session

After lunch, Timothy Gaudin, Greg McDonald, and Ascanio Rincón kicked off the afternoon session by looking at the relationships within the sloth family Megalonychidae, which includes such diverse forms as the extinct giant ground sloth Megalonyx and the extant two-toed sloth Choloepus (above … Continue reading

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SeAVP meeting morning session

The SeAVP meeting has grown over the years, and with 28 presentations and posters I’ve decided to break it up into two posts. The Fourth Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology got underway this morning with a … Continue reading

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The whales of Chuckatuck, Part 2

As I mentioned last week, we’ve only recovered two whale bones from the incredibly rich Yorktown Formation shell beds found at Chuckatuck, Virginia. The second bone, a fairly large baleen whale radius (one of the fore arm bones) is shown above. … Continue reading

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The whales of Chuckatuck, Part 1

Chuckatuck, Virginia is a small town in Isle of Wight County that sits near the James River. Over the years several quarries have been opened in or near the town, all of which exposed the Moore House Member of the … Continue reading

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Trace fossils on whale ribs

Piedmont Governor’s School student Zach Turman is doing a project on quantifying shark bite marks on the ribs of the Carmel Church baleen whale “Sinistra”. This whale was heavily scavenged by sharks, and he’s finding tons of bites. However, he … Continue reading

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From the Collections Room (Proboscidean femur)

My friend Bobby Boessenecker (who blogs at The Coastal Paleontologist) published a paper today with Frank Perry in the journal Palaios (abstract). In the paper they describe circular bite marks found on several fur seal bones from the Miocene-Pliocene Purisima Formation … Continue reading

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Broken teeth

After being inspired by Bobby Boessenecker’s blog post on “The Coastal Paleontologist” about a great white shark tooth fragment embedded in a sea otter skull, I leapt into action. There are some 1000 shark teeth from Carmel Church currently in my … Continue reading

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