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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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Friday Fossil Feature – An investi-Gator of the Oligocene of South Carolina

by Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) Happy Fossil Friday! This week we take a look at Gavialosuchus americanus. Gavialosuchus americanus wasn’t actually an alligator; rather, they were more closely related to today’s gharials and crocodiles. Crocodile puns, however, don’t seem to have

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Friday Fossil Feature – Kogia let us tell you about earbones again?

By Robert Boessenecker (@CoastalPaleo) and Sarah Boessenecker (@tetrameryx) For Fossil Friday this week here’s a couple of pygmy sperm whale earbones from the recently acquired Rita McDaniel collection at the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History. McDaniel led mine tours

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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 – 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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