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FOSSIL Newsletter, Volume 1: Issue 4, December 2014
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Featured Paleontologist

We interviewed Rebecca Hunt-Foster, the first and only District Paleontologist in the Bureau of Land Management. Read more.

Club Corner: Friends of Stonerose

Nestled in the mountains of northeastern Washington state, Stonerose began as the result of a serendipitous trip undertaken by Wes Wehr and a teenager by the name of Kirk Johnson (now Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History). Read More.

Featured Fossil

Our featured fossil was submitted by Megan Higbee Hendrickson, a middle school science teacher in Tampa, Florida. New to paleontology, it was her first exciting discovery. Read more.

Recognizing the Contributions of Amateurs

The Paleontological Society and the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology are among professional scientific groups that recognize the contributions of amateurs. Read More.

Amateur Spotlight: David Kohls

David Kohls received the 2009 Harrell L. Strimple Award in recognition of his significant contributions to paleontology including the donation of over 72,000 pieces of fossiliferous shale to the Smithsonian Institution and the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. Read more.

Education: ROCKS: Real Opportunities to Connect Kids with Scientists

With funding from the Paleontological Society, this project based at the Natural History Museum of Utah includes a suite of videos that follows a fossil's journey from its discovery at a field site, to preparing the fossil in the lab and, finally, cataloging it in collections. Read more.

Research: Megalodon Became Extinct 2.6 Million Years Ago

Read how Catalina Pimiento and  Chris Clements used the Paleobiology Database to estimate when Megalodon became extinct...and what coincided with its extinction. Read More.
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Upcoming Events:

A T. rex Named Sue Celebration at the Florida Museum of Natural History

Western Interior Paleontological Society Founders Symposium-Fossils & Flgiht

Mid-America Paleontology Society 37th Annual Expo

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"A T. rex Named Sue" Returns to the Florida Museum of Natural History

The film "Dinosaur 13" brought renewed attention to the most complete T. rex ever discovered. "Sue" returns to the museum on January 24. Read more.

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FOSSIL on Facebook

As of December 27, we have over 1,1000 Facebook followers! Thanks for helping us pass the 1,000 mark! Please continue to like, comment and share with us. Read more.

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Fossil Finders Documentary

Paleontologist Jack Horner is working hard trying to turn a chicken into a dinosaur

Small Fish in a Big Pond: Lessons Learned in Digitizing a Small Paleontology Collection

FOSSIL Project Updates

Learn where FOSSIL Project team members will be in the upcoming months!
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