I stopped by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for Forensic Friday, where I talked to paleobiologist David Bohaska. He showed me 6 million year old fossilized vertebra from whales and dolphins. Last Friday’s theme was “Marine debris & ocean life”, and the scientists brought in a few marine mammals (whale, dolphin and manatee) bones, used to speculate the animal’s cause of death. I photographed the bones and injury sites, but I’m not sure yet if I am allowed to publish the images. The fossils are part of off-the-shelf collections, not available to the general public, so I will need to clear it with the Smithsonian first. Regardless of publishing the photos, I can’t wait to share the stories I heard about those animals lives…
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Dr. Cristina RussoScientist with a Ph.D. in molecular biophysics. Works as a science writer and content manager for Owen Software. Former ballerina and current Zoo interpreter. Lives in Washington, DC with husband and canine best friend Ford. Views are her own and do not represent those of her employers.
Dogs on Ice
- The image above and on the header of this blog are part of the early 20th century Antarctic Expeditions. Here a dog is photographed by Herbert Ponting aboard the Terra Nova (1911), and on the header, a sled team was photographed by Frank Hurley from the Endurance (1915).
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