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.
May 14th. 2016 at 7:00 pm
Monthly Fossil Meeting
Our speaker for May meeting will be Victor Perez, he is our Mitchel Hope vertebrae scholarship recipient.

Victor's research interests broadly encompass the evolutionary history of sharks and how changing environments and climate impact this ecologically vital group.

Currently, I am interpreting the paleo environment of a site in Panama based on the fossil shark and stingray specimens found there. This site is particularly interesting because it was deposited during a dynamic time in Earth history prior to the uplift of the Panamanian isthmus, which means there was still a connection between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. My goal is to develop an understanding of the marine communities across the Central American Seaway through the implementation of taxonomic composition, functional morphology, and isotope geochemistry. In congruence with this, I seek to take this research and incorporate it into classroom lessons in order to deepen student understanding of paleontology and increase interest toward careers in science.

June 11th. 2016 at 7:00 pm
NEXT Monthly Fossil Meeting
Our speaker for June will be our own Chuck Ferrara, president of the southwest Florida fossil society.

Chuck will be giving his SE,GSA presentation as presented at the FOSSIL project session "Synergistic paleontology: the FOSSIL project & amateur contributions to the field" This is the first time the amateur community has been given a whole theme session at a scientific conference to show the value of what all club societies have contributed to the science. This is groundbreaking as there were more amateurs giving presentations then professionals. The GSA which is made up of geologist and invertebrate paleontologist have always been more open to the amateur community, and understanding of their long role in the discovery, support and contributions to paleontology. The title of Chucks abstract is, "FOSSIL CLUBS AND SOCIETY'S ARE STILL RELEVANT" THE PALEONTOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA FOSSIL SOCIETY. You will be taken on a quick journey from the beginning till today, and what the future holds for all. The amount of donations is surprising to say the least the society has a resume of achievement that all members will be proud off and cannot be overlooked and swept under the rug. Also there will be an update of what took place at the FOSSIL conference in Cincinnati hosted by the dry dredgers, the oldest fossil club in the USA founded in 1942, with slide show. You don't want to miss this informative and interesting talk on the direction of the amateur /avocational community.

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