Thursday, July 19, 2012

Finding the First Whale Skull Fossil

Finding the skull parts and teeth of the little ancient whale proved to be more than serendipitous—it was the defining event that led to the Natural History Exhibit being built.
Diane Boardman Gusset (who had been with the PTMSC from its inception) and I (getting there a few years later), joined my husband Joe on a fly fishing trip so we could check the road cuts along the west end river bank while looking for fossils. 

It was Diane's astuteness that had her recognizing something unusual and interesting
in the rocks. Upon further exploration, we discovered it was a skull. I hauled it to the Burke Museum of Natural History in Seattle to get it identified. This began the collaboration between our two organizations that resulted in the Natural History Exhibit we see today and our reciprocity agreement.

                                    By Rachel Gaspers, volunteer and former PTMSC Board Chair

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