Mace Brown with a new eomysticetid fossil, which J. Geisler has graciously invited me to study with him. This was a recent acquisition, and Mace was still gluing parts of the mandibles back together. What an awesome fossil!
I furiously scribbled down notes - I had two 3-hour periods where I was able to examine the fossils at the College of Charleston. A herpetocetine petrosal is shown.
Eric Ekdale (left), Ewan Fordyce (middle), and Tatsuro Ando (right) inspect fossil cetaceans.
Mace Brown and the eomysticetid.
Al Sanders (right) and Ewan discuss fossil cetaceans. This was the first time Ewan and Al had met face to face since the 2006 SVP meeting - its tough, New Zealand is pretty far from everything.
Some sort of a nasty agorophiid-like dolphin.
A partial odontocete skeleton.
A beautiful xenorophid skull on display. Look at those teeth!
Some kind of a sea turtle - identified as Procolpochelys.
A skull of the sea turtle Carolinachelys.
Coming up next - I found some more photos from Charleston, so there will be STILL more from the US trip (I was gone for a whole month, I might as well talk about it). Also: reviews of some recent research by M. Churchill, R. Racicot, G. Aguirre, and N. A. Smith, and more on Osedax and taphonomy.