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A Whale of a Tale

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! After a long and fascinating journey, our cast of Dorudon atrox, affectionately named ‘Manaia’ has finally reached her final resting place in the Addlestone Library, after being hung in the rotunda to watch

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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 – 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 – 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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Friday Fossil Feature – whale, whale, whale, it seems all is not lost after all!

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) and Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo)   Happy Fossil Friday! Today we’re looking at Agorophius pygmaeus, one of the first named odontocetes from North America. Agorophius has a long, complicated history –  and it starts right here, in

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Friday Fossil Feature – The head bone’s connected to the… neck bone…

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Fossils don’t prepare themselves, and rarely come out of the ground looking the way you seem them on display in a museum. Here at the CCNHM, we are building a team of dedicated,

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Friday Fossil Feature – Thinking of a Good Walrus Pun is No Easy Tusk…

by Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) and Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) Happy Fossil Friday! Did you know that walruses used to live in the Southeastern US? From about 4 million years ago to as recently as 300,000 years ago these tusked behemoths were

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