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Friday Fossil Feature – What Makes a Fossil Hunter Happy? Finding His Porpoise!

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Porpoises belong to the modern family Phocoenidae, and are one of the less diverse ‘families’ of modern echolocating whales (Odontoceti), with six species in three genera. They are all

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Friday Fossil Feature – 4 Specimens are Dolphinately Better Than 1

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Earlier this week a new paper from CCNHM paleontologist Robert Boessenecker was published in the open access journal PLoS One, reporting new anatomical details for the extinct dolphin Albertocetus

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Friday Fossil Feature – Sinking Your Teeth into Coronodon

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) Happy Fossil Friday! Last week saw the publication of a new paper naming our spectacularly preserved toothed baleen whale Coronodon havensteini. The article was published in Current Biology by Jonathan Geisler and Brian Beatty from NYIT,

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Friday Fossil Feature – SeAVP and the Gray Fossil Site

by Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) and Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) Happy Fossil Friday! Last week, museum staff and volunteers traveled to Gray, Tennessee for the 10th annual Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontology. What’s in Gray, Tennessee? Why, the Gray Fossil Site, of

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Friday Fossil Feature – 2017 Aurora Fossil Fest!

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) and Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) Happy Fossil Friday! Over Memorial Day weekend, museum paleontologists Bobby and Sarah Boessenecker traveled to the town of Aurora, North Carolina for the 24th annual Aurora Fossil Festival.  Aurora is tiny –

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Friday Fossil Feature – It would be Folly to pass this site up

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx)   Folly Beach is a popular destination near us here in Charleston, and thousands of swimmers, sun tanners, and surfers flock to the beach during the summer and relatively warm spring and

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Friday Fossil Feature – Fintastic surfprises from Lee Cone’s Whale

by Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) & Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Two weeks ago, fossil collector Lee Cone (President of the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum) donated a spectacular skeleton of a large baleen whale (Mysticeti) from the

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Friday Fossil Feature – 50 Shades of Gray (whale, that is)

by Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! We’re back after a long hiatus, to talk about our most recent donation – A new gray whale from the Lee Creek Mine, NC, donated by Lee Cone. The

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Friday Fossil Feature – A Closer Look at the Echo Hunter

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! We all know that odontocetes (toothed whales and dolphins) use echolocation – this bio-sonar allows them to find their way under water and hunt their prey. They send a

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Friday Fossil Feature – An Over-Whale-Ming Donation!

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx)   Happy Fossil Friday! Today we’re writing to thank local fossil collector, and founder of the Palmetto Paleontological Society, Mark Bunce. Mark has a passion for fossils, and started our local fossil club 2 years ago;

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