Good tidings and well-wishes!
For the past three months, I’m glad to say that I’ve been engaged in my first major paleontological project: cleaning and describing the skull of a Rhedondasaurus, a phytosaur from the upper Triassic in the Southwestern U.S.
(My camera battery died while the video was uploading, so unfortunately it was cut a wee bit short. I’ll post a better one next time, I promise!)
I’m really excited about this project, even though whoever initially unearthed this specimen failed to catalogue it properly and didn’t apply the right kind of glue (making some sections devilishly tricky to clean).
Phytosaurs are pretty darn common here in Tucumcari, so much so that I actually initiated a campaign to nickname all Mesalands Community College athletic teams ‘The Phytosaurs’. Sadly, however, the president of the college wasn’t going for it and decided to revert to the cliched and vehemently imitative idea of ‘The Mesalands Community College Mavericks’ (as if everybody wasn’t already sick of the term after the last presidential election). What a blow for originality…
May the fossil record continue to enchant us all (and may I begin to produce better-quality videos!)