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!

Latest Club News

**Mel Hurd, MGS Life Member and Past President, Has Passed Away**

The Maryland Geological Society mourns the death of Melville Emerson Hurd, Jr. who passed away on September 10. Mel was a life member of the club, a past president, and a long standing member of the club's board of directors. He was always willing to take on tasks important to the life of the club. Mel is seen in the picture below, taken at the club's 20th anniversary celebration which he organized.

Mel was the consummate fossil collector, particularly of Otodus shark teeth. Indeed, he was known as "Mr. Otodus." His obituary can be found here.

Mel, you were a colleague, a friend, a mentor, a leader. You will be missed.


The September meeting featured a spirited auction. Among the treasures auctioned off under the gavel of Eric Seifter were a fossil mammal bone from the Late Pleistocene (Eric is seen holding that bone in the first picture below), a dolphin skull in matrix found at the Lee Creek Mine, NC (Yorktown Formation, Pliocene), and a piece of fossilized Jurassic Araucaria wood.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Elections and Holiday Party.

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.

Mineral of the Meeting: Axinite

This specimen, found in California, is Axinite-(Fe). This image is reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, and is available from Wikimedia Commons.

Recent Newsletter Awards

At the July meeting, MGS newsletter editor Rick Smith announced awards that articles appearing in the 2018 issues of The Rostrum had received at the regional and national levels. Winners included Bob Farrar, Joy and Tom Piscitelli, Jim Stedman, and Flo Strean. More information on these awards and others earned by the newsletter back to 2002 can be found here.

Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

Selected shows and related events are listed below:

Oct. 15, 2019 - Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History presents an After Five program featuring NMNH Director Kirk Johnson and Dinosaur Curator Matthew Carrano who will have a conversation with paleoartist Jay Matternese. 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.

Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs

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 is available here.

FOSSIL Project - Latest Newsletter

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 Summer 2019 newsletter can be found here.

Notable Quote

Paleontologist Bretton Kent at an MGS meeting:

Amateur collectors make paleontology possible.

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