If you're looking for Alabama fossils, this is the place to come!
Exciting field trips, educational programs on paleontology and geology, and interesting people to meet! No prior knowledge required, just a desire to learn and a love of fossils and the outdoors. Professionals and novices of all ages are welcome.
Our speaker on June 3 will be Roger Sauterer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Jacksonville State University, who will speak on "They might be giants: the lives of sauropods." Hoover Public Library, Theater Conference Room at 7pm. Free and open to the public.
Our speaker on May 6 will be George Phillips, Paleontology Curator at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, who will speak on “The Blue Springs Fossil Site: An Unprecedented Exposure of the Upper Cretaceous Coon Creek Beds in Mississippi.” Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room C. Free and open to the public.
Our speaker for April is Thane Wibbels, UAB Professor of Reproductive Biology, who will speak on "The Biology, Paleontology, and Conservation of Sea Turtles." Hoover Public Library, Meeting Room C. Free and open to the public.
In May BPS members showed up for a weekend of camping and fossil collecting on a private creek in Butler County. Since our last visit a number of high water events had alterered the creek. Places that had been covered in sand were now bare, with rocky, clay bottoms. Numerous small shark teeth, cochina stone, fish vertebrae, and a few pottery shards were found. One area of clay that was seen appeared to be filled with fossil leaves, with ancient leaves. There is a strong possibility that the woody and leaf material found in the clay layers is Cretaceous age.
Don't have thousands of dollars to throw at outfitting your next fossil collecting expedition? What? No "Fossils-R-Us" outfitters in your area? Never fear, James Lamb of the University of West Alabama will share tips on how to make and/or modify easy-to-find tools to be appropriate for your favorite rock-smashing, hole-digging activities. No prior experience required. Hoover Public Library. Free and open to the public.
BPS members took a weekend trip to Washington County, to an old quarry where they found echinoids, sand dollars, numerous shells, and foraminifera, plus a few scattered shark teeth were found.
February 4, 2013 Program “The Bizarre Early History of Basilosaurus cetoides – Alabama’s State Fossil.”
The speaker for February will be Jun Ebersole, the collections manager overseeing the Alabama Collection’s at the McWane Science Center. The presentation will begin after a brief business meeting. The topic for this evening
What a wonderful two day trip we had in March. The weather was sunny; light jacket weather, just right for being outside. Saturday we were at a quarry in Colbert County, and Sunday we were at a lake in Franklin County. The spoil pods were massive and extremely steep making them difficult to navigate. But being the adventureous spirits that we are, we conquered the spires and were greatly rewarded for our efforts.