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The Paleontology Section of the HGMS was formed in October of 1968 to bring together persons interested in fossils for the following purposes:
This is a cooperative
each member shares the many benefits as well as the few tasks by
volunteering services according to each member's abilities.
PROGRAMS consist of lectures by professional geologists and paleontologists and our more advanced members, slide presentations, fossil auctions or swap sessions, Show & Tell periods where members share their recent findings, mini-lessons for review, field trip planning, fossil identification sessions, etc. To see information on upcoming programs for all Sections and the General Meeting, click here.
FIELD TRIPS of one
to three days
are held once a month most of the year weather permitting. These field
trips typically are held one or two weekends after the monthly meeting.
The field trip committee arranges these trips. Trips to various museums
and university geology departments are also planned. Members provide
own transportation, lodging, lunches, beverages, equipment, etc.
is encouraged. Liability agreements occasionally are needed (provided
the Section) due to landowner requirements. If there are restrictions
the number of visitors, preference is given to Section members.
CLASSES are offered on a regular basis. The Introductory Paleontology course is offered by experienced volunteer instructors from the Section. This course is 6 weeks long, meeting once per week. Students take a field trip at the conclusion of the class. It is usually offered each year. The Advanced Invertebrate Paleontology course is taught by professional paleontologists. It is 12 weeks long, meeting once per week. A field trip is taken at the conclusion of the class. Both classes include a course manual with reference material which can be used for specimen identification.
EXHIBITS by Section
the HGMS annual show, the South Central Federation (SCFMS) annual show,
the national (AFMS) show, and at other regional club shows bring
and awards to the individuals who exhibit and bring recognition to the
HGMS. These exhibits and awards encourage other interested persons to
our club and to show what they have collected. These exhibits are both
competitive and noncompetitive.