The NC Fossil Club held it bi-monthly meeting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on January 15, 2017. During the meeting, the 2017 Chandler Award for meritous service to the NC Fossil Club was presented to Trish Kohler.
Members of the NC Fossil Club held their bimonthly meeting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences on Sunday, September 18, 2016. The featured speaker was Vince Schneider, Research Curator, Paleontology, NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
The May meeting of the NC Fossil Club was held Sunday, May 15. Presentations were made by Julie Neiderkorn and Mary Harbison about their experience in Florida at the Paleoblitz, and by Linda McCall who gave a short presentation on Topsail Beach collecting and fossil color.
The presentation for this month, The Rise of Archosaurs and Their Close Relatives in the Triassic Period, was given by Dr. Sterling Nesbitt, Asst. Prof. of Paleobiology at Virginia Tech’s Department of Geosciences.
During the business 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!
Full meeting notes from the meeting are available on the Members' Only page.
The July 2015 meeting included the roll out of Fossil Book Volume 3.
A short business meeting was held following the Fossil Fair on Saturday, November 15. The results of the 2014 NCFC Board elections were announced. David Sanderson was relected and three new Board Members were elected: Mary Boulton, Charlie Causey and Libby Smalley. Their terms expire in 2016. They join current Board Members Joy Pierce Herrington, Gustavo Pierangelini, Ruffin Tucker and Diane Willis, whose terms will expire in 2015.
Also, by a unanimous vote of those attending the meeting, current president Linda McCall and current Vice President, James Bain were re-elected.
Volume II (Mollusks), by John Timmerman and Richard Chandler was offcially rolled out at the meeting. It was reviewed by Lyle and David Campbell who provided extensive and thorough reviews.
The main speaker for this meeting was Dr. Lyle Campbell. Dr. Campbell has been for many years a major figure in Atlantic Coastal Plain paleontology, especially with regard to mollusks. His son David, the other reviewer, will accompany him.
Volume II contains more than 260 12"× 9" pages, most of them containing four photographs of mollusks each. Within the
two main Classes, Bivalvia and Gastropoda, the organization is by Family. Each Family is headed by a photograph of a modern
representative of that Family, chosen from the western Atlantic, if possible, and with preference given to shells personally collected by John and me. The cover has three watercolors of representative mollusks by Rick Bennett.
Volume II Table of Contents:
Geological Formations – Flora and Fauna
At the March meeting, the newest NCFC publication, Fossil Volume I: Invertebrates and Plants was introduced. Richard Chandler recognized the authors of each section.
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
The NCFC held their September 2013 meeting at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Vince Schneider from the Museum talked about "A Dinosaur Named Nancy Takes Up Residence in NC". "Nancy" is a Duck Bill dinosaur and was found in southeast Montana by the University of Wisconsin. In 2006, the University offered the NC Museum of Sciences the opportunity to dig Nancy. Nancy ended up being a fully articulated skeleton. Vince Schneider led the crew from the museum that ended up recovering about 85% of the skeleton. Great finds included skin impressions and one of the best Duck Bill skulls found.
The meeting began with a presentation by Dr. Andy Heckert from the Department of Geology at Appalachian State University. He discussed his work, “ A Diverse New Microvertebrate Assemblage from the Upper Triassic Formation of North Carolina”. Dr Andy Heckert is a vertebrate paleontologist with predominately geological training. His primary focus has been on the Upper Triassic strata of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and now North Carolina.
Following the presentation, a short business meeting led by President Linda McCall was held. As always, the meeting was closed out with a raffle with items donated by different club members. Again, James Bain was very generous with his collection.
The annual election of NC Fossil Club Officers and Board Members was held at the 2012 Fossil Fair and Annual meeting held at the NC Museum of Forestry in Whiteville on November 3. Linda McCall was elected President and Ruffin Tucker was elected Vice President.
Joining the four current Board Members (Joy Herrington, Jim Mahoney, Jeff Cohn, and Diane Willis) are new Board Members:
Eric Sadorf (2014)
Tracey Mayo (2014)
Rufus Johnson (2014)
Dave Sanderson (2014)
A presentation by Dr.