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Two Highlights of the September Meeting

The Annual Auction

As always, a wonderful array of fossils, minerals, and artifacts was auctioned at this annual event to raise money for the club. Among the treasures was a beautiful Cretaceous crocodile skull from Morocco.

Bob Asreen holds up the skull in matrix while standing behind him is Rick Smith, auctioneer (and club president).

The fossil up close.

Spinosaurus Presentation

At the September meeting, MGS VP Dr. Eric Seifter introduced members to Spinosaurus, a carnivorous dinosaur larger than Tyrannosaurus rex. He described the fascinating discovery of the dinosaur and the destruction of the original find during WWII. A recent discovery of more Spinosaurus bones has recast thinking about this dinosaur which may have been mostly a river dweller. It is featured in a new National Geographic exhibit. The most dramatic point of Eric's presentation came when he held up the Spinosaurus vertebra from his collection which appears to have come from the same recent find. More pictures are in the MGS Gallery and several links to articles about the dinosaur can be found in the MGS website's 2014 WebSightings.

Next Meeting

Sunday, November 17, 2014.

Election of Officers and the 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 Meetings & Trips tab above
or at this link.

Mineral of the Meeting: Sperrylite

Image taken by Rob Lavinsky, available at Wikimedia Commons, and reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

★Each One Teach One Award★

MGS President Rick Smith (left) presents MGS Vice President Eric Seifter with an Each One Teach One Award from the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies.

This award was made in recognition of Eric's many activities teaching the public about the paleontological and geological sciences.

Passing of Donald S. Miller

The MGS community is saddened by the recent death of Don Miller. He was a well-respected and well-liked amateur paleontologist who was an MGS member. A past president of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society, he was also an author and owner of the website Miller's Fossils. More information can be found here. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the DVPS in his name.

New paper available from Dr. Robert Weems

MGS member Dr. Robert Weems has graciously made available a PDF copy of a recent research article he published titled Paleogene Chelonians from Maryland and Virginia. In it, he describes 22 different kinds of Paleogene turtles. A copy can be downloaded under the Links & Articles tab above or by clicking on this link.

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