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Notice: Change of meeting time!

We've changed the time for our Saturday meetings from 7:30 PM to 7:00 PM
This will help keep the meetings from running too late if a speaker goes to long.

President's Message

TBFC’s return from our summer break is always an exciting time. One of the first things I do is to start putting together the September edition of the Chronicles. As I opened the laptop on a recent Sunday morning to get started, we received the call that Robert “Bob” Page had passed away. It was unexpected.

Bob had battled debilitating diabetes for most of his life. Many people didn’t know he had lost both of his legs to the disease. He always wore his prosthetics to hide his missing legs, but he didn’t let his handicap slow him down. He did start using a wheelchair in recent years as his stability became a problem for him. He was friendly and had a wonderful sense of humor. I once accidently stepped on his toes. Forgetting for a moment he had “fake” feet, I apologized. He responded shrugging his shoulders, “I didn’t notice”.

Bob was always around to help. He worked FossilFest at the fossil Touch Table with Fred Hendershot for many years and rarely missed a meeting. Bob was a director for TBFC for the past decade.

In honor of you, Bob, here we go…

TBFC Returns!

Welcome back fossil hunters, it’s that time of year again! The kids are back to school, the dog days of summer will hopefully come to an end, and it’s time to wake the Tampa Bay Fossil Club from its summer hibernation! As usual, you’re TBFC Officers and Directors have already been hard at work preparing for you yet another great season of interesting meetings, informative lectures, and lots of field trip adventures! Are you ready TBFC?

Carmi Thomson
Florida Museum of Natural History
Florida’s Nautilus of the Cenozoic
September 7, 2019 7PM

Carmi Thompson’s research focuses on the nautiloid genus Aturia across Cenozoic surficial deposits of Florida. While mollusks are common in Florida’s surficial deposits, reports of cephalopods are rare. Of particular note are cephalopods discovered in Oligocene deposits, which preserve as silicified phragmocones (the chambered portion of the animal) in concretions. These occurrences are unusual, as they have only been reported from a single locality in the state of Florida. The ultimate goals of Carmi’s research project are to examine the progression of the genus through geologic time (in terms of systematics), determine the extent to which distribution of this genus is restricted in the Oligocene of Florida, and describe the species found in the Suwanee Limestone. She has also used micro-CT to scan additional concretions as a non-destructive examination of these cephalopods, as traditional techniques can lead to destruction of the specimen inside. Once those scans are completed, they can be used in educational demonstrations and learning activities.

Carmi received her B.S. degree in Geology from the College of William and Mary in VA and completed a thesis on the offshore molluscan fauna of the mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain with Dr. Rowan Lockwood (College of William and Mary) and Dr. Kelvin Ramsey (Delaware Geological Survey). Following graduation, she worked with Dr. Gene Hunt, Curator of Ostracoda at the National Museum of Natural History, on identification and imaging of ostracodes from the Gulf Coastal Plain. Carmi’s research on ostracodes from the K/Pg boundary in Alabama received an Undergraduate Research Award from the Paleontological Society. Currently, she works in the Invertebrate Paleontology Division at the Florida Museum of Natural History on pre-graduate studies with Senior Director of Micropaleontology and Invertebrate Paleontology Roger W. Portell.

7PM 7PM 7PM 7PM!

Did you catch that? Even though we changed the start time of TBFC’s meetings at the beginning of last season, we still have folks walking in a half-hour late. Set your watches to show up at 7PM!

Please keep your membership dues paid up. If you receive your newsletter through the USPS, look at your address label on your newsletter and you’ll see your expiration date above your name. If you receive your newsletter via email, you should also receive an email reminding you to renew. If you have questions about your membership you can speak with our Membership Director Seina Searle at any meeting or email her at tampabayfossilclub@msn.com.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our season opener.

Good Hunting,
Mike Searle