PAST EVENT / July 24, 2016: Fossils & Shells

We’ve expanded our popular “Fossils” theme to include “Shells”, with some exceptional presenters and collections, concluding our ‘Nature Connections’ series; Sunday, July 24, 1:00-4:00pm;  at the Natural History Society of Maryland in Overlea, Maryland. Admission is free and open to the public, with activities to appeal to naturalists wishing to gain more experience and knowledge, as well as for families interested in local Maryland nature.

1:15pm / Featured Presentation:

“The Fossil Sharks of Calvert Cliffs”, by John Nance, Assistant Curator of Paleontology at the Calvert Marine Museum

Did you know that sharks date back to before the age of dinosaurs? And they haven’t changed much in evolutional terms due to their biological success. It’s
common to hear of people collecting sharks’ teeth at Calvert Cliffs. But John will discuss a recent rare find – skeletal remains from a shark dating back 16 million years ago. His presentation will cover the geology of Calvert Cliffs, the sharks commonly found around this area, how fossils are preserved, and the process of excavation.

Ongoing from 1:00-4:00 / Stop in at your convenience! Talk with these fossil collectors and examine the specimens they’ll bring for your enjoyment and education:

— Mark Bennett, of MarksFossils (dot) com, will bring an impressive variety of exceptional, collector-quality fossils. His collection includes pieces from sharks & rays, mammals, elephants, and dinosaurs as well as invertebrates: trilobites, echinoids, crinoids, ammonites; and plant and amber specimens.

— Jim Gossweiler will bring samples of his respected collection of conidae (cone snails).conidae

— In addition, several local collectors (associates and presenters for the Natural History Society) will bring specimens from their personal collections: Tom Piscitelli, George Spicka, and Phil Schmitz.

— We may have freebies to give-away!

— And of course, we’ll have our family-friendly area of theme-related crafts and activities for the young ones.

— Tour the various, onsite permanent displays of Natural History Society collections and chat with our resident scientists and naturalists.