The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.
The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in January. Visitors are welcome!
Of particular interest to fossil collectors in this area, a new research article traces the evolution from Carcharocles chubutensis to Carcharocles megalodon during the Miocene Epoch at the Calvert Cliffs (MD). Victor J. Perez and his coauthors studied the presence and disappearance over time of cusplets on teeth from these ancient sharks. This article appears in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology and full text is available here.
Shown below are some Miocene fossils found along the Chesapeake Bay's Calvert Cliffs.
Some Treasures From the Calvert Cliffs
Next MeetingSunday, May 19, 2019
Joint meeting with the American Fossil Federation.
Meeting runs from 11 am to 3 pm
at the Bowie Community Center,
3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, Maryland 20715
Directions to the Center can be found
under the Activities tab above
or at this link.
Speaker and Topic: TBA
Mineral of the Meeting: TBA
A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.
Shows & Related Events
Selected shows and related events are listed below:
March 30 and March 31, 2019 - The Mineral and Fossil Show sponsored by the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society and the Philadelphia Mineralogical Society will take place at the LuLu Temple, Plymouth Meeting, PA. More information can be found here.
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.
The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, edited by Stephen J. Godfrey, offers detailed descriptions and stunning pictures of vertebrate fossils from the Cliffs. A PDF copy of the book can be downloaded here.
New Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs
The FOSSIL Project, sponsored by the Florida Museum of Natural History and funded by the National Science Foundation, is networking amateur and professional paleontologists and their organizations. Its Spring 2019 newsletter can be found here.
FOSSIL Project - Latest Newsletter
The Maryland Geological Society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
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