The Maryland Geological Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, study, and display of all aspects of the geological sciences. Members include amateur and professional fossil and mineral collectors. Membership is open to all.

The club meets at the Community Center in Bowie, Maryland, usually on the third Sunday of every other month, beginning in March. Please check the club calendar. Visitors are always welcome!


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Latest Club News

Status of Club Meetings

The Bowie Community Center where the club holds its meetings will be closed through the end of May. As a result, the in-person club meeting for May has been canceled. Further details will be forthcoming. Stay healthy and safe.

Virtual Tour of Eric Seifter's Fossil Museum

On May 17th, members of the MGS and the American Fossil Federation were treated to a virtual tour of MGS VP Eric Seifter's new fossil museum. This tour took place about two years after a devastating fire consumed his house and damaged many of his fossils. The breadth and depth of the specimens on display are staggering. Among the riches are mammoth tusks and teeth; dinosaur teeth, eggs, footprints, and coprolites; fossils from early plants; ancient whale skulls, vertebrae, and teeth; and seemingly innumerable Ecphora shells. This barely scratches the surface. A few screenshots from the tour appear below.

Eric is seen discussing a whale tympanic bulla.


Here a Neadertal skull (a replica) sits beside the skull of a modern human, Homo sapiens (not a replica).


The image below shows a portion of the fossils from the Calvert Cliffs and the Lee Creek Mine that grace one wall.


Finally, here's a view of a few of the Ecphora fossil shells in the museum.


Thank you, Eric.

Next Meeting

To be announced


Tour the Smithsonian's Dinosaur Hall from Home

At the moment, we no longer have access to the wonderful Fossil Hall - Deep Time at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. All of the marvels of the Fossil Hall are waiting patiently for us to visit once this crisis has passed. But you can enjoy these marvels on one of virtual tours the Museum of Natural History has made available here. The Fossil Hall tour is part of the "permanent exhibits."


Shows & Related Events

A list of club shows in the eastern region of the U.S. is on the EFMLS' calendar.

Canceled or Postponed Events - The "Living Estate Auction of Virginia and Gary White" hosted by The Chesapeake Gem and Mineral Society has been postponed until August 15, 2020.


Membership

Membership in the Maryland Geological Society offers a host of benefits that range from receipt of the club's award-winning newsletter to fossil and mineral hunting trips to the opportunity to interact with friendly and knowledgeable collectors at meetings. Membership is a bargain - only $15 a year. More information about the club and how to join can be found here.


Trips

The MGS Trips page has information on policies regarding trips and details about any upcoming trips. MGS trips are restricted to members.

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.

WebSightings

Want to keep up with some of the latest information on fossils and minerals appearing on the web? Then check out the MGS WebSightings page.


MGS Gallery

Pictures showing great specimens from members' collections can be seen on the MGS Gallery page.

Notable Quote

Evolutionary biologist Keith Thomson:

Fossils give us an extended view of life itself, projecting life into a time dimension in which an anthropocentric viewpoint is meaningless.

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