Yearly Archives: 2016

Friday Fossil Feature – Holy Bullae, Batman!

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Recently, CCNHM received a large donation of fossils from the famous PCS mine in Aurora, NC – known to paleontologists as Lee Creek. This is a mecca for fossils from the mid-Miocene through

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Friday Fossil Feature – ammonite or am I right?

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Ammonites are an amazing group of fossils that can be found all over the world today. They were an incredibly diverse group of cephalopods, arising in the early Devonian (~400 million years ago)

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Friday Fossil Feature – The Tully Monster

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Here at CCNHM we have a wonderful collection that was donated from the Mazon Creek Fossil Beds in Illinois. These beds have provided hundreds of specimens of strange organisms that have been exquisitely

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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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Happy Darwin Week! (Part 1)

By Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Darwin Week! Charles Darwin, a name symbolic of evolution and natural selection. Over 150 years ago he published On the Origin of Species, what has come to be known as one of the most well-known

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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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Friday Fossil Feature – Cotylocara macei

By Robert Boessenecker(@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker(@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! Our featured fossil this week is Cotylocara macei, an extinct dolphin from South Carolina. Cotylocara macei was named in 2014 by Jonathan Geisler, Matt Colbert, and College of Charleston Professor Emeritus

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