Fossil Club

Fossil Club Displays at Patuxent River Appreciation Days

Fossil Club Meetings

Meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis on Saturdays and begin promptly at 1 p.m. in the lounge 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 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 at 2:30 p.m. in the Harms Gallery.

2020 Fossil Club Meeting and Lecture Schedule:


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Quarterly meeting of the CMM Fossil Club at 2 p.m., followed by a public lecture at 2:30 p.m. Kay Behrensmeyer of the Smithsonian Institution's Department of Paleobiology will speak on her work on Taphonomy; how a fossil becomes a fossil, with amazing stories from the fossil record. The title of her talk is: Stories in Death, Destruction, and Fossil Preservation from the Bones of Amboseli Park, Kenya. The meeting and lecture will be virtually presented via Zoom and there is no charge to participate.
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Anna K. Behrensmeyer is a paleontologist and geologist who is recognized as a pioneer in the field of taphonomy and the study of land environments and faunas through geological time, with a particular focus on the paleoecology of human evolution in Africa. Behrensmeyer is originally from Quincy, Illinois. She earned her undergraduate degree in geology from Washington University, St. Louis, and her doctorate in vertebrate paleontology and sedimentology from the Department of Geological Sciences, Harvard University. After post-doctoral positions at UC Berkeley and Yale University and an interval of teaching at UC Santa Cruz, in 1981 she became a Research Curator in Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She has served as Acting Associate Director for Science at NMNH from 1993-96, co-Director of the Evolution of Terrestrial Ecosystems (ETE) Program since 1988, and Deep Time Initiative Lead Scientist since 2014. She was selected as one of the 50 most important women scientists by Discover Magazine in 2002. Recent awards include the 2016 R.C Moore Medal (SEPM), the 2018 Romer-Simpson Medal (Society of Vertebrate Paleontology), the 2018 Paleontological Society Medal, and the 2019 G.K. Warren Prize (National Academy of Sciences). She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. She lives in Arlington, VA and is married to William Keyser; they have two daughters, Kristina and Sarah.

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.

2020 Field Trip Schedule:

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Fossil Club Elected Officers & Volunteers*

Paul Murdoch, President:
Grenda Dennis, 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*: