Upcoming field opportunities

VMNH Vertebrate Paleontology has several upcoming opportunities to participate in excavations and educational trips in 2008. Anyone interested in participating should contact me. All of the proceeds from these trips are used to supports research at VMNH. 

South Dakota Geology Tour

Always wish that that you had been able to take a geology class, but never got around to it? Here’s your chance – but without the tests and the grades!

The first VMNH Geology Tour is planned for May of 2008. During the 11-day tour we will visit 20 geology-related sites in Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming, including Devil’s Tower, the Black Hills, the Badlands, and Ashfall Fossil Beds. We’ll examine and interpret the direct evidence of a billion years of North American history, including encroaching seas, rising mountains, and cataclysmic volcanic eruptions. We’ll have lectures both in the evenings and while on the outcrops.

This trip will begin and end in Omaha, NE, and is tentatively scheduled for May 11-21.

Cost: $5,500 for VMNH members ($6,000 for non-members). This includes:

All transportation from Omaha to the sites and back;

Eleven nights in hotels (double-occupancy)

All meals for 10 days

All admission fees to parks and museums

Geologic maps and other educational materials

On-site and evening lectures

Transportation to and from Omaha is not included.

 

Wyoming Dinosaur Excavation

Here’s your chance to dig up a dinosaur! VMNH’s excavations in Wyoming have produced several hundred dinosaur bones (including the pelvis we’ve been working on.) So far we’ve collected bones from several well-known Jurassic dinosaurs, including Allosaurus and Diplodocus.

Participants will usually be on site for 6 days. Exact dates are to be determined, but we are planning the excavation for early June, 2008.

This trip costs $900/person ($850 for VMNH members), and includes camping fees, meals, local transportation, excavations tools and supplies for 6 days. Participants must provide transportation to Wyoming.

 

Carmel Church Fossil Excavation

The Carmel Church quarry is Virginia’s most productive vertebrate fossil locality, with several thousand specimens representing at least 30 species discovered so far (including the whale currently in our lab).

Participants are usually on site for 6 days. Dates are still to be determined, but we are planning two sessions in July and August, 2008.

This trip costs $500/person ($450 for VMNH members) and includes camping fees, meals, local transportation, excavations tools and supplies for 6 days. Participants must provide transportation to Virginia.

A note about the Wyoming and Carmel Church excavations: paleontologic excavations are physically strenuous, and take place outdoors in sometimes adverse weather conditions. We do not typically allow children under age 14 to participate, and for older children we require a parent or guardian to participate with them. These excavations are for research purposes, and all specimens collected go to the VMNH collections; there is no private collecting during the excavations.

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