Southwest Florida Fossil Society

"To Inform and Educate"
is to promote and foster the science of paleontology through the collection, identification and preservation of fossil remains and providing a regional forum for education, training and experience in the scientific field.
Monthly Meeting Saturday May 12, 2018 at 7pm at 118 Sullivan St. in Downtown Punta Gorda

Fossils and the Evolution of Sharks

Our speaker will be Jose Castro. His program is entitled “Fossils and the Evolution of Sharks” Jose is a research scientist and shark specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a position he has held since 1989. Concurrently with that position, he was also a senior scientist at Mote Marine Laboratory from 2000 to 2013. Prior to joining NOAA, he was a shark specialist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He is the author of numerous articles on sharks in scientific literature, as well as a well-known field guide to the sharks of North America.

FOSSIL (Fostering Opportunities for Synergistic STEM with Informal Learners) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation and headquartered at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. FOSSIL is developing a national community that includes amateur and professional paleontologists; our research indicates that more than 60 amateur fossil clubs and societies exist in the USA, but they are not well coordinated in their activities. Overarching goals of the FOSSIL Project include enhanced collaborations between amateurs and professionals, knowledge-building about paleontology, access to resources for lifelong learning, and development of a viable learning community focused on topics such as collections (including digitization), evolution, and K-12 outreach. In addition to more traditional means, such as our newsletter (available at, FOSSIL is developing an interactive online community ( and using social media (Facebook and Twitter) to foster communication and interactions, and thus promoting the concept of 'social paleontology.' "
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