Whale bones

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During an excavation project in 1996, fossilized bones were accidentally uncovered. Surveyors Vanessa Butler and Kit Cain spotted bones later identified as the remains of a baleen whale that died 3 1/2 million years ago. The 30-foot juvenile was found at a piping trench under construction in the vicinity of building 1203.

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Dr. Jerry Johnson, College of William & Mary, in center with pick'Doc',NASA contractor with T.A. SheetsSurveyors Vanessa Butler and Kit CainVanessa and Kit with John Mouring, LaRC's Historic Preservation OfficerRecovered Bones

[top] Documents

NASA News, 1996: Accidental Paleontologists

1996 Request Guidance in Donating Fossils

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