Sun, 03/11/2018

Janus 2018 Number 1 (first issue for 2018) has been published and is available to current members in the Member's Only page of the website.  It should arrive in mailboxes the week of March 12.

Sun, 02/11/2018

Chase Doran Brownstein from the Stamford Museum in Connecticut has published a paper on Appalachian dinosaur biogeography and ecology in the Paleontologia Electronica .  Members of the NC Fossil Club assisted with the research by providing information and fossils to study and were acknowledged in the paper, "... and members of the North Carolina Fossil Club for our discussions regarding Appalachian dinosaurs and for providing me with papers, information on certain specimens and sites, and other particulars that were very helpful in writing this manuscript...."

Thu, 02/01/2018
Happy New Year to everyone! Thank you for electing me as your new club president. As you know, our elections occur at our annual meeting during our fall Fossil Fair, and the new electees take office at that meeting. This time our Fair was early (October), giving us the opportunity to have a November meeting. That also meant that the learning curve for the new officers was very steep! Linda McCall was our president for five years, and she did a fabulous job completing our non-profit status, finding additional quarry opportunities, negotiating with Martin Marietta officials to allow us to have a few more quarry trips while they solidified their new policies, expanding our horizons nationally both through the Paleontological Society and the FOSSIL Project, leading a week-long fossil trip to Texas, and making some presentations at professional meetings. Thank you, Linda! She will be a very hard act to follow, so I will appreciate everyone’s help, ideas, and participation! As I’ve begun my duties, I’ve been reminded of the long history of our club (since 1977!) and of the hundreds of club members who have helped it grow over the years into the successful organization that it is, with our focus on education and professionalism in our hobby. I look forward to continuing with this rich tradition!
Fri, 01/19/2018

Congratulations to James Bain for being recognized as the 2018 NC Fossil Club Chandler Award recipient.

Mon, 01/15/2018

The last issue of Janus for 2017 has been published and uploaded to the Members Only section of the website.  The online version is the same as the mailed except that it is in color.

Sat, 10/28/2017

At the NC Fossil Club's October meeting, the following Officers and Board Members were elected:

Diane Willis - President
Charlie Causey - Vice President

Board Members 
Terry Denny - (2018)
Trish Kohler - (2019)
Todd Power - (2019)
James Bain - (2019)
Gary Lewis - (2019)

Other Officers and Current Board Members:
Linda McCall - Immediate Past President
David Sanderson - Treasurer
Joanne Panek-Dubrock - Secretary
Mike Bruff - Membership Chair and Website
Richard Chandler - Editor of The Janus Newsletter
Mary Boulton - (2018)
Julie Niederkorn - (2018)
Eric Sadorf - (2018)
Mon, 10/23/2017

In 2014, the NC Fossil Club created the Chandler Award in honor of long time NC Fossil Club Member and Janus editor, Richard Chandler.  The award is given once a year to honor someone for their "significant educational contributions to the Club, or for aiding the Club's educational pursuits." At the October 2017 Board Meeting, the 2017 Chandler Award was presented to long time member (since 1978) and dedicated fossil collector/volunteer, Ruffin Tucker. Ruffin has been recognized for his significant achievements in expanding the fossil history of NC, and is best known for his "Ediacaran fossil slab."  https://naturalsciencesresearch.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/earth-science-week-fossil-day-ruffins-slab/

Sun, 09/17/2017

Volume IV of the Fossils of NC book series has been published and is available for purchase, either through the online store or by using the book order form.  Volume IV is in two parts: 1) Fossil Reptiles & Birds, Land Mammals; 2) Fossil Marine Mammals.

Sun, 09/17/2017

Janus 2017  Issue 3 has been published and is available to current members.

Thu, 06/29/2017

The second issue of Janus for 2017 (Janus 2017-2) has been published and will be mailed out the week of July 1.  A color copy hads been uploaded to the Members' section of the website.

Wed, 03/15/2017

The first issue of Janus for 2017 has been published and uploaded to the website. It should be arriving in members' mailboxes this week.

Sun, 01/15/2017

In 2014, the NC Fossil Club created the Chandler Award in honor of long time NC Fossil Club Member and Janus editor, Richard Chandler.  The award may be given once a year to honor someone for their "significant educational contributions to the Club, or for aiding the Club's educational pursuits."

At the January 2017 NCFC meeting, the 2016 Chandler Award was given to long time member and former NCFC treasurer Trish Kohler.

Trish joined the NC Fossil Club in the early 1980's and was Treasurer from 1988 until "retiring" in 2015.  Trish was a meticulous record keeper and when the new Treasurer took over, turned over all her little paper ledger books from when she first became Treasurer.  Trish has also served as Board Member (1983-86, 2016-?), Secretary (1987), and as Membership Chairperson (1988-1995).

She is known for her volunteer work at the Lemur Center and the Museum of Life and Science in Durham; outreach to many schools and community groups; and as major exhibitor at the Aurora Fossil Festival and the Club's annual Fossil Fair.

Sat, 01/07/2017

Interesting segment on UNC-TV recent SciTech episode regarding searching for dinosaurs for the NC MNS.  Follow this link (http://video.unctv.org/video/2365908561/ ) and begin watching at 17:00 minutes.

Sat, 01/07/2017

It's time to renew your membership in the NC Fossil Club for 2017.  Memberships are good for the entire calendar year.  You may renew online through the online store or printout a membership form and mail it in with your check or money order.

Sat, 01/07/2017

The last issue of Janus for 2016 has been published and mailed out.  If you are a current member and have a website login, you may read the full color version online by logging in and going to the members only tab.

Sat, 11/19/2016

A short business meeting was held following the Fossil Fair on Saturday, November 19.  The results of the 2016 NCFC Board elections were announced.

Mary Boulton and Charlie Causey were re-elected and two new Board Members were elected: Julie Niederkorn and Eric Sadorf.  As defined in the Bylaws, their terms begin upon being elected and expire in 2018.

They join current Board Members Trish Kohler, Todd Power, Ruffin Tucker and Diane Willis whose terms will expire in 2017.  

Also, by a unanimous vote of those attending the meeting, current president Linda McCall and current Vice President, James Bain were re-elected.

Thu, 09/08/2016

George Klein has published Skeletal Anatomy of Alligator and Comparison with Thecachampsa under the auspices of the Calvert Marine Museum. You can download a free copy of the .pdf file here:

Sat, 09/03/2016

Janus 2016 Number 3 has been published.  The full color copy is available online to current members who have a login to the website. Paper copies are being mailed out to all members.

Sun, 07/24/2016

Up to 580 million years after their seafloor habitat was abruptly buried in volcanic ash, some of our earliest and weirdest ancestors are finally getting their moment in the global spotlight.

Mistaken Point, a 17-kilometre stretch of Newfoundland coastline that bears some of the oldest recognizable traces of life on Earth, including frond-like animals called rangeomorphs that looked more like plants, has been chosen as Canada’s latest World Heritage Site. <link or CBC News link>

Sat, 07/09/2016

Janus 2016 Number 2 has been published.  It includes the summer calendar, a trip report from Greens Mill Run, a note from Presisent Linda McCall and an article on Corals from James Sorauf.  The full color copy is available online to current members who have a login to the website. Paper copies are being mailed out to all members.

Sun, 05/15/2016

At the March 2016 NC Fossil Club Meeting, Richard Chandler presented the Chandler Award to its first recipient, Joy Herrington in recognition for her education and outreach for the NC Fossil Club. Richard explained that the award is for someone who has helped the club for an extended time, since the Club has been functioning since 1977. The Board voted on the recipient. Joy commented that she proposed the award. She seemed amused that she was the first recipient. Congratulations, Joy!

Wed, 03/16/2016

The first issue of Janus for 2016 has been published and mailed out to current 2016 members.  All current members should receive their copy in the mail.  Current members may also read it online with a user account.

Janus 2016 #1 includes:
Spring Calendar
President's Message

2016 Membership List as of 3/2/2016
Article on "Reaching out to Avocational Paleontologists"
2015 Treasurer's Report

Tue, 01/12/2016

For those of you who haven't already, it's time to renew your membership.  Membership is from January to December and includes the quarterly publication of the Club's newsletter, JANUS, and the opportunity to sign up to go on various collecting trips throughout the year.  You may renew online at http://bit.ly/NCFCStore or by completing the membership application form from a recent JANUS, or downloading the form at http://bit.ly/NCFC_Memberships .

Tue, 01/12/2016

The last Janus for 2015 has been publised and should be arriving in members' mailboxes soon.  The color version is available online for those current members who have login. The online version includes a revised note from Club President, Linda McCall. 

Thu, 11/19/2015

A short business meeting of the NC Fossil Club was held following Paleopalooza on November 14.  Re-elected to President and Vice-President were Linda McCall and James Bain, respectively.

Elected to the Board for new two year terms (expires in 2017) were:

  • Trish Kohler, 2017                                   
  • Todd Power, 2017                                         
  • Ruffin Tucker, 2017                                                      
  • Diane Willis, 2017

In addition, George Klein was selected to complete David Sanderson’s term (expires 2016). David is the new Treasurer.

They will join the current Board Members whose terms expire in 2016:

  • Mary Boulton
  • Charlie Causey
  • Libby Smalley

In addition to the Board, the NCFC has the following officers:

Secretary: Joanne Panek-Dubrock
Treasurer: David Sanderson
Editor, JANUS: Richard Chandler
Membership Chairperson: Mike Bruff

Tue, 10/27/2015

After recent storms, giant shark teeth have been unearthed from beneath the ocean floor. This has brought both national and international attention to the Aurora Fossil Museum and it's director, Cynthia Crane.

Here are a sampling of recent articles and interviews (for more, just Google "megalodon", "giant shark" or "crane" or any combination) or visit the museum's Facebook page :
WITN Greenville - "Giant Shark teeth wash up in Surf City..."
FOX 8 Cleveland - "Massive Prehistoric....
Discovery.com - "Megalodaon teeth ..."

Thu, 09/03/2015

Janus 2015 Number 3 has been published. The color version has been added to the website (available for current members) and a black/white copy has been mailed and should arrive in your mailboxes in a few days.  It contains the following:

Fall Calendar
President's Note - Linda McCall
Thomas Jefferson and the Dawn of Vertebrate Paleontology in America - Richard Chandler
Pristis Puzzle - Trish Kohler and the Onslow Quarry Trip
2014 Treasurer's Report
Extant Echodus - Richard Chandler

Sat, 05/23/2015
NC Fossil Book Volume 3, Fossil Fish, has been published and is available for ordering on the publications page or through the online store: http://www.store.ncfossilclub.org . The Authors are Richard Chandler &  Pat Young. It has 386 pages and hundreds of color photos.  It contains information about: Cartilaginous Fish (Shark and Chimaera Teeth, Other Fossils, Pathological Examples) and Bony Fish (Skeletal Remains, Otoliths, Bony Fish Anatomy) .


Tue, 03/24/2015

Have a question you'd like to ask a Paleontologist or some other fossil expert related to NC Fossils.  Submit it through the Contact Us block on the Contact page and it may be posted under the new "Ask the Expert" column on the Connect! page.

Fri, 03/06/2015

The first issue of Janus for 2015 has been mailed and is available on the website for all current members with active accounts. It includes:
1. Spring Calendar of Events 
2. Membership List as of March 1, 2015
3. Note from Club President, Linda McCall  

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