The first issue of Janus for 2017 has been published and uploaded to the website. It should be arriving in members' mailboxes this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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>
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.
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!
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:
2016 Membership List as of 3/2/2016
Article on "Reaching out to Avocational Paleontologists"
2015 Treasurer's Report
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 .
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.
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
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 ..."
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:
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
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
This is a reminder that it's time to renew your NC Fossil Club membership for 2015. You may renew by mail using the form under the Membership tab or online through the online store: http://bit.ly/NCFCStore
You will receive confirmation of your membership renewal in the first issue of Janus 2015 in early March. If you wish to change any of your membership information, including how you receive Janus (mail or online), please send an email to NCFossilClub@gmail.com.
Janus 2014 - Number 3 has been uploaded to the website. This color version is available for those current members who have logins to the website. It includes the Fall calendar, a message from NCFC president Linda McCall, updates to the Club's bylaws and other interesting items.
Message from NCFC President, Linda McCall
Chitons - David Grabda
Proposed Amendments to By-laws and Rules of Procedure
Lungfish - Richard Chandler
NCFC Book II - Mollusks (John timmerman and Richard Chandler)
NC Fossil Book Volume 2, Fossil Mollusks, has been published and is available for ordering on the publications page or through the online store: http://www.store.ncfossilclub.org .
Janus 2014 - Number 2 has been uploaded to the website. This color version is available for those current members who have logins to the website.
1. 2014 Summer Calendar
2. President Linda McCall Column
3. Reconstructing a Turtle, David Grabda
4. Outreach Reports
5. Rocky Mount Trip Reports
6. Smithsonian Museum Trip - April 18th 2014
7. Aurora Fossil Festival 2014 Report
8. What is it?
GEOLEX - For those who like to be up to date on the latest in lithostratigraphic nomenclature (the names of rock units) and like fun interactive websites, the USGS has flicked the switch on their new stratigraphic lexicon tool, called Geolex. A previous Geolex website has been around for over a decade and was well outdated. The new version has improved data, is fun to use, and has many more resources, tools, and gadgets. Go to town! http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/Geolex/search
The first volume of the Club's Fossil Book Series has been published. To order your copy of Fossil Invertebrates & Plants, go to the publications page. Online ordering will be available soon.
Volume I Table of Contents with authors:
Fossils and the Geological History of North Carolina
Richard Olsen, Vince Schneider, Chris Tacker, Richard Chandler
Triassic Plants: Vince Schneider, Richard Chandler
Fossil Resin: Rufus Johnson
Fossil Wood: Rufus Johnson
Ediacaran Biota: Ruffin Tucker
Micro Fossils: Eric Sadorf
Sponges: Richard Chandler
Corals: Richard Chandler
Worms: Richard Chandler
Bryozoa: Steve Hageman, Frank McKinney (dec.), Richard Chandler
Brachiopoda: Linda McCall
Cretaceous and Eocene Decapods: Don Clements
Neogene and Quatenary Decapods: Patricia Young
Barnacles: Richard Chandler
Clam Shrimp: Richard Chandler
Echinoids: Judy Schneider
Sea Stars & Brittle Stars: Richard Chandler
Crinoids: Rufus Johnson
Janus 2014 - Number 1 has been uploaded to the website. This color version is available for those current members who have logins to the website. It has been mailed to all current members. If you selected the option to read Janus online when you sent in your membership form, you will receive an email when Numbers' 2,3 and 4 have been uploaded.
A revised Janus 2013 - 4 has been uploaded to the website. This color version is available for those current members who have logins to the website. If you chose to receive a paper copy of Janus, it will be mailed out. This edition contains the following:
It's time to renew your membership. Memberships are active for a calendar year, January 1 to December 31. In order for your name to be included on the membership list in the first issue of Janus for 2014, you should renew by the end of February 2014. To renew, go to the membership page and download the 2014 Membership Form.
The NC Fossil Club entered it's website in the 2013 Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, of which it is a member. The winners were announced at the joint American/Southeast Mineralogical Societies meeting held this weekend in Jacksonville, Fl. The NCFC website came in fourth in the SFMS regional competition. It gives us an opportunity to see how our website compares to others and provides opportunities for improvement. The website wouldn't be what it is today without the hard work of the website team: Jeff, Joanne, Linda, Mike, and Diane (chair), and those whose contributions of pictures and text make it what it is today.