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President's Message

Another Mammoth Year

One year ago today I was telling you that I didn’t think I’ve ever seen a year when so many people were finding mammoth and mastodon fossils. And not just teeth or other bits here and there. There were two people who were actively digging what could be complete mammoths out of the Peace River, and still are. Nothing has changed since last year. Hunters continue finding associated teeth and tusks. I just saw pictures of a kid with a complete Gomp tusk, enamel band and all. It’s just amazing what I’m reading and seeing on Facebook and at the club meetings each month. I expect 2020 is going to be another mammoth year!

Don’t think that you have to be a SCUBA diver to get in on this adventure. Some of these fossils were found by snorkelers, and I saw on the Facebook page someone digging a mammoth tooth from the sand in inches of water. This is our season fossil hunters. The water is low and the visibility is getting better every day. Get off the couch and into the rivers. There are fossils to be found!

TBFC Editor Found Guilty of Nepotism

That’s right, he did. Or, I did, I guess. Many of your TBFC officers wear two hats. In my case, I’m the President and the Editor. And that’s my wife Seina and the Titanothere skull she found in the Nebraska Badlands on the cover. Am I giving Seina preferential treatment, or was it just the only picture I had?

Many times, when it comes down to finding a cover shot or other photos for the Chronicles, it’s usually one I find on my own camera. I am able to copy photos from TBFC’s Facebook page, but the quality of those photos isn’t sufficient to blow up for cover shots or larger photos in other sections of the Chronicles. I need for you folks to send me pictures to use in the newsletter. I need photos and your stories. Otherwise, you’re going to continue to see my friends and family on the cover. Only you can stop this abuse of power! Send your photos and stories to fossilnerd@msn.com. Don’t reduce the size of the photos when you email them. Thanks, from your Editor, and President.

Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler
January 4, 2020
Hooked on Dino Raptors!

Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler I’m very excited to tell all of you that TBFC’s January speaker will be our own Dr. Liz Freedman Fowler. Many of you don’t know Dr. Liz because she left us years ago to pursue her dream of becoming a paleontologist and studying dinosaurs. And that she did.

Dr. Liz is currently an Adjunct Professor at Dickinson State University in Dickinson, North Dakota, and the Chair of the Exhibits Committee for the Board of Directors of the Stark County Historical Society, which advises the Dickinson Museum Center. Dr. Liz received her Ph.D. in paleontology at Montana State University under the guidance of Dr. Jack Horner at the Museum of the Rockies. Her dissertation research focused on the evolution and growth of hadrosaurine dinosaurs from the Judith River Formation (Late Cretaceous, Campnian) of Montana. Dr. Liz is originally from Florida, and received her B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After completing her doctorate, Dr. Liz was the Curator of Paleontology at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Mal-ta, Montana, and an adjunct professor at Montana State University. Dr. Liz was also the Museum Director of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site in St. George, Utah.

Dr. Liz’ research focuses on the paleobiology: combining fieldwork and specimen based studies with more theoretical or laboratory based analyses.

Dr. Liz will cover the raptor research of her and her husband, Dr. Denver Fowler. Raptor birds and raptor dinosaurs have many similarities in their foot anatomy, so we use the ecology of modern birds to study dinosaur behavior and hunting strategy, and how it relates to the evolution of flight.

FossilFest 2020
March 13, 14 & 15

As we turn our calendars to 2020, FossilFest is just a few months away. It will take our entire TBFC tribe to pull it off. In this issue of the Chronicles you will find a long list of information about volunteering for the event and all of the items we need to have donated. Please take a few minutes to read through the entire list.


I hope to see another good crowd at the January meeting.

Good and safe hunting to you! And happy New Year too!

Good Hunting,
Mike Searle