The Maryland Geological Society, a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences, is composed of amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all and visitors are always welcome!
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May 22nd In-Person Meeting
On Sunday, May 22nd, the MGS held its first in-person meeting since the end of 2019. This joint meeting with the American Fossil Federation was held at the outdoor picnic pavilion of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory located outside of Laurel, MD. Plenty of specimens were on display including those from the late Mel Hurd's collection and Riker mounts of Muddy Creek fossils donated to the MGS by Mike Folmer. No decision was made about the July meeting but the plan is to hold the September meeting with the annual auction.
This was a great opportunity to catch up, see some wonderful specimens, and add to collections. Photos below were taken by MGS junior member David.
MGS Portal to Recent Stories on Fossils and Minerals
The defining characteristic of the extinct saber-toothed cat is, of course, its long upper canines. The popular image of these cats has these long canines always visible, at the ready. New research suggest that for the most widespread species the full saber tooth was not on display until the animal attacked. Read about this research here. Links to this and many other articles, reports, and blog postings highlighting recent fossil and mineral news can be found on the MGS WebSightings page. Please check it out.
To be announced
The featured mineral is anatase, known for elongated crystal faces. An article by Bob Farrar on this mineral appeared in the latest issue of the MGS newsletter.
(Shown above is a specimen of anatase from Minas Gerais, Brazil. This image is reproduced with permission of Rob Lavinsky under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license, and is available from Wikimedia Commons.)
The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members. There are no trips currently scheduled.
Smithsonian Publication about the Calvert Cliffs
The Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of the Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, edited by Stephen J. Godfrey, offers detailed descriptions and stunning pictures of vertebrate fossils from the Cliffs. A PDF copy of the book is available here.
Scientist and mathematician Isaac Newton:
What we know is a drop,
what we don't know is an ocean.
Naturalist Erasmus Darwin (Charles Darwin's grandfather):
E conchis omnia.
(Everything from shells.)
The Maryland Geological Society is a member of the Eastern Federation of Mineralogical and Lapidary Societies and the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.
The Maryland Geological Society is NOT affiliated with the Maryland Geological Survey, a state governmental organization.
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