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.
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May 13th, 2017 7:00 pm

Our speaker for May will be our very own president Chuck Ferrara he will presenting his updated and refined abstract THE VALUE OF AMATEUR PALEONTOLOGY: A CASE STUDY FROM THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOSSIL SOCIETY as presented at the North, North/central GSA conference in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.

As well as a presentation of behind the scene at Carnegie Museum, fossil fern collecting trip to Ambridge road cut, the gray fossil museum and site Tennessee, plus behind the scene and much more. Through the efforts of the FOSSIL project it is giving the Amateur /Avocational community a platform to show the value the Amateur community has played in contributing to the science of paleontology. Through attending professional conferences, this is an opportunity that does not come around every day and we all must work together to take advantage, contribute and support the efforts of FOSSIL to continue the message today and for the future for all Amateur/Avocational passions and efforts to enhance and support the science of paleontology.

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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