Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days
The Ecphora: Newsletter/Journal of the CMM Fossil Club, Click here
 
Fossil Club Membership 
Join the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and increase your knowledge of life in the Miocene and take advantage of special field trip opportunities. Click here for an application/renewal form. 

Fossil Club Meetings

 
Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the lounge on the top floor of the museum. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to come early to see the new on-goings at the museum and to bring and set-up their own recent fossil finds. Various related fossil topics, club issues, etc. are discussed at the meetings, as well as updates from the Paleo Staff of the Calvert Marine Museum on recent finds and new additions to the museum's permanent collection. Whenever possible, these new items will be on display. Beverages and snacks are usually provided and additional "finger food" contributions are always appreciated. Meetings are an hour to an hour and a half in length and are, whenever possible, followed by a free public lecture by a visiting distinguished guest at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. 
2019 Fossil Club Meeting and Lecture Schedule:

Saturday, April 27th, 2019.
Fossil Club Meeting at 1 p.m., followed by a Public Lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Dr. Ralph Eshelman will present a public lecture entitled: “Terrestrial Mammal Fossils from the Miocene Chesapeake Group.”

Saturday, September 14th, 2019.
Fossil Club meeting at 1 p.m. in the Lounge, followed by a Public Lecture at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Dr. Lucy Edwards will present: "Favorite Fossils and the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure.”

Saturday, November 16th, 2019. Fossil Club Annual Potluck Meeting and Lecture at 12 p.m. in the Harms Gallery. Dr. Buck Ward will present: “Ecphora, Evolution from Oligocene to Pliocene.”

Fossil Club Field Trips

 
For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at robertertman@msn.com or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. Remember to include your cell phone number. Please remember to call in for yourself and family members, or for another club member, on the date and time indicated. Current memberships in both the Fossil Club and the Calvert Marine Museum are needed to go on the trips. Information on directions, lodging, meeting times and meeting places will be provided at the call-in.

Spring 2019 Field Trip Schedule:


Saturday, March 23: Odessa, Delaware. This is a John Wolf Memorial Trip. Collect petrified wood (cypress), probably originally deposited in the Cretaceous or Paleocene Rancocas Group and later redeposited in a Pleistocene bed.

Saturday, April 27: Following Dr. Eshelman’s talk, late afternoon field trip to Driftwood Beach, Calvert Cliffs. Miocene St. Marys Formation. This is primarily a fossil shell locality. Limit of 15. Please email Stephen.Godfrey@calvertcountymd.gov if you are interested.

Sunday afternoon, May 5: Purse State Park. Aquia formation, Late Paleocene. This site is well known for abundant crocodile, ray, Otodus sp., and Striatolamia sp. teeth, and internal molds of the gastropod Turritella sp.

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

 
Billy Palmer, President: 
Paul Murdoch, President: parapaleo@aol.com
Grenda Dennis, Vice President: grenda.dennis@gmail.com
Christa Conant, Treasurer: 
christa101@comcast.net
Lori Lindholm, Secretary: lindholmla@aol.com
Christa Conant, Membership Chairperson: christa101@comcast.net
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*: Stephen.Godfrey@calvertcountymd.gov
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*: Robertertman@msn.com
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: Robertertman@msn.com