Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Fossil Club Meetings

Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis. All meetings are open to the public - you do not have to be a current CMMFC member to attend a meeting.

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 shared during the meeting. Whenever possible, meetings are followed by a free public lecture by a distinguished guest.

Monday, February 7, 2022 ~ 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery 

Monday, April 25, 2022 ~ 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery 

Monday, September 12, 2022 ~ 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery

Monday, November 14, 2022 ~ 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the Harms Gallery
Upcoming Events
Monday, February 7, 2022
Dr. Dale Greenwalt, Blood in the Fossil Record. More information to come.

Sunday, February 20, 2022, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Universal Coprolite Day CelebrationUniversal Coprolite Day Logo
To celebrate the importance of coprolites in the fossil record and in the study of prehistoric life, the CMM Department of Paleontology is initiating the celebration of Universal Coprolite Day, recognized every year henceforth on February 22.

Universal Coprolite Day is recognized to celebrate coprolites wherever they may form in the Universe. In this inaugural year, CMM will celebrate Universal Coprolite Day on Sunday, February 20, 2022. Activities and learning stations will be placed throughout the museum, as well as CMM’s vast collection of coprolites.

“Sharks and Rays of Florida: a 45-million-year history.” 

Victor Perez provided an overview of his dissertation research on chondrichthyan diversity from the Eocene through the Pleistocene of the Florida platform. He also provided an introduction to myFOSSIL and explain how it can be used to curate personal collections.

Click here to download a copy of the lecture presentation

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.

2022 Field Trip Schedule:

Check back for upcoming trip information

Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Paul Murdoch, President:
Stephen Groff, (interim) Vice President:
Christa Conant, Treasurer:
Dave Bohaska, Secretary:
Christa Conant, Membership Chairperson:
Stephen Godfrey, Editor*:
Robert Ertman, Fall Field Trip Leader*:
Robert Ertman, Spring Field Trip Leader*: