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Two Highlights of the September Meeting

The Annual Auction

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, January 18, 2015.

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: Diaspore


Twinned, amber diaspore crystal from Turkey. Image by Rob Lavinsky. Reproduced under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License and available from Wikimedia Commons.



Milestones

MGS members who collected at the Lee Creek Mine came to know two fossil hunters who recently passed away:

John Everette, a founding member of the North Carolina Fossil Club and past president of the Aurora Fossil Club, died on November 13, 2014. His obituary can be found here.

Rita McDaniel, a long-time fossil collector from South Carolina who served as a guide at the Lee Creek Mine, died on November 9, 2014.

Earlier this year, on July 23, 2014, former MGS member Donald S. Miller passed away. He was an author and a past president of the Delaware Valley Paleontological Society. His obituary can be found here.



★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.




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