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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 – 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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How we spent our Spring Break

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Spring break: a time for fun, relaxation, road trips, and partying… for students at least. For visiting researchers Dr. Morgan Churchill and Dr. Brian Beatty, it was a prime time to visit the collections at CCNHM

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Friday Fossil Feature – Happy Darwin Day!

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday, and Happy Darwin Day! For today’s Friday Fossil Feature, we’ll look into barnacles – why? Barnacles were important to Darwin in his research and writing of On the Origin of Species. Darwin had

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Darwin Week, part 4 – Darwin’s Legacy

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Darwin had published On the Origin of Species, and it achieved worldwide fame in a short period of time. It sparked fierce debates, and while Darwin was not available to attend these debates due to his

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Darwin Week, part 3. “That Mystery of Mysteries”

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) When Darwin finally returned to England in October of 1836 after 5 years away on the HMS Beagle, he found he was already a rising star. Darwin had sent letters, notes, and musings to his former

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Darwin Week, Part 2 – The HMS Beagle

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Darwin spent a week in Wales with other students mapping the geology of the area, and upon his arrival home he received a letter from former professor John Stevens Henslow suggesting he accompany captain Robert FitzRoy

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Friday Fossil Feature

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! It’s Darwin Week here at the College of Charleston, so it’s only appropriate that today’s Friday Fossil Feature showcases a fossil near and dear to Charles Darwin’s heart. While traveling on the HMS

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