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14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
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Fossil Club Membership

Join the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club and increase your knowledge of life in the Miocene and take advantage of special field trip opportunities. Click here for an application/renewal form.

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Fossil Club Meetings

Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the conference room on the top floor of the museum. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting. Members are encouraged to come early to see the new on-goings at the museum and to bring and set-up their own recent fossil finds. Various related fossil topics, club issues, etc. are discussed at the meetings, as well as updates from the Paleo Staff of the Calvert Marine Museum on recent finds and new additions to the museum's permanent collection. Whenever possible, these new items will be on display. Beverages and snacks are usually provided and additional "finger food" contributions are always appreciated. Meetings are usually an hour to an hour and a half in length and are, whenever possible, followed by a free public lecture by a visiting distinguished guest in the auditorium.

2014 Fossil Club Meeting schedule:

Saturday, May 17, 2014
1 p.m. in the Museum Lounge. Free public lecture to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Harms Gallery. Lecture details to come.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
1 p.m. in the Museum Lounge. Free public lecture to follow at 2:30 p.m. in Harms Gallery. Lecture details to come.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Noon at the Chestnut Cabin at Scientists Cliffs - Potluck lunch and meeting

Fossil Club Field Trips

For all trips, contact Bob Ertman at or 410-533-4203 as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday before the trip. Remember to include your cell phone number. Please remember to call in for yourself and family members, or for another club member, on the date and time indicated. Current memberships in both the Fossil Club and the Calvert Marine Museum are needed to go on the trips. Information on directions, lodging, meeting times and meeting places will be provided at the call-in.

Upcoming Fossil Club Field Trips:

Odessa, DE. This is a John Wolf Memorial Trip. 
Sat, March 22, meetup 9:45-10:00 AM. We’ll move on to the farm in Odessa to walk the fields and collect petrified wood (cypress from the Pleistocene, probably 1.5-2 million years old, close to the Miocene boundary). No special equipment is necessary; in fact, you should leave your tools at home so that we do not do anything to cause erosion on this no-till farm. Here's a link to a nice write up about one of our trips to a nearby site:

Purse State Park
Sat, March 29, meetup at 10:15 AM (Low tide at 12:43 PM at Liverpool Point) Aquia formation (Late Paleocene, about 60 million years ago). This site is on the Potomac River in Charles County, MD. Best known for internal molds of the gastropod Turritella sp. (more than you can carry out); occasional crocodile, ray, Otodus sp., and Striatolamia sp. teeth, and petrified wood.

Access to the site requires a moderate hike through the woods, and sometimes rather strenuous hiking and climbing over trees along the water's edge. Collecting is mostly by beachcombing along the riverbank; screening may be productive. If you have hip boots you will be glad to have them. If you wade in shorts you will want a towel & try clothes in a backpack. We’ll make another trip to Purse St. Park in the summer. Take a look at what you can find:

Scientists Cliffs
Sat, April 5, meetup at noon (low tide at 3:00 PM). This famous Miocene site is always a favorite. There is a limit of 15 for this trip.

St. Clair, PA (Schuylkill County)
Sat, June 7, meetup at 10:00 AM (later by arrangement) Llewellyn Shale formation (Pennsylvanian period, about 300 million years ago). This site is is famous for great fossil ferns, white on black. You’ll be glad if you cardboard or something to sit on. For the best collecting (larger, flatter pieces), you'll want a rock hammer & rock chisels (see ) Do not try to use wood chisels or wood planer blades; they are dangerous with rocks. Don’t worry about tools, you can find nice stuff with just your hands; the entire site is fossils on top of fossils.



Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

John Nance, President:
Grenda Denns, Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Flo Strean, Secretary:  (e-mail address not available)
Pam Platt, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Spring Field Trip Leader*:  (to be determined)

Paleontology Quick Links


Fossil Identification Guide Fossil Identification Guide 

Where to Find Fossils Where to Find Fossils 

Fossil Field Experience Fossil Field Experience 

The Ecphora
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Fossil Club Fossil Club 

Articles, Books, and Library Paleo Article and Books 

Gallery Guide Gallery Guide 

Paleontology Collection Paleontology Collection