PALAEONTOLOGY DIVISION

Events are jointly presented by the Alberta Palaeontological Society, Mount Royal University and the CSPG Palaeontology Division. For details, to join our mailing list, or to present a talk at a future Palentology Division event please contact Division Chair, Jon Noad at (403) 513-7541 or programs1@albertapaleo.org. Visit the APS website for confirmation of event times and upcoming speakers: http://www.albertapaleo.org/.

Division Profile

The Palaeontology Division runs in association with the Alberta Palaeontological Society (APS) and the Mount Royal College Earth Science Department. Its mandate is to provide a forum for CSPG members and the general public who are interested in palaeontological issues and applications. Topics are wide-ranging and range from technical dissertations on application to the oil industry to general interest such as dinosaur art and palaeontological expeditions. This is to accomodate the diverse group of 30-80 people that typically attend each talk. Unlike most of the other technical divisions the talks are held in the evenings (7:30 PM), typically the third Friday of every month. Facilities and multimedia access are provided by Mount Royal College Earth Science Department. Talks typically average about 45 minutes followed by a short question/discussion period. They are held in Mount Royal College (Lincoln Park Campus) Science Wing room B108 and B101. Speakers for the luncheons are sought from industry, museums, universities and even the art world. Talks run from September through May with a break through the summer. Once a year a two day Palaeontological Symposium is held at Mount Royal College. Events include a full day of lectures, a poster session and educational workshops. Most events are free so as to be accessible to the general public. While these talks are held in association with the APS, that societies' summer field trips require an APS membership.

Upcoming Events

April 20, 2018, 7:30pm | Mount Royal University, Room B108 

In addition to the main presentation by Guy Santucci, Georgia Hoffman will provide a brief presentation.

Adventures in the Waterways Formation:  Bagging Brachiopods along the Athabasca River. 
Speaker: Georgia Hoffman
Abstract: 

The Devonian (Givetian-Frasnian) Waterways Formation contains a rich brachiopod fauna, as well as remains of stromatoporoids, cephalopods, gastropods, bivalves, corals, crinoids, and ichnofossils (but no trilobites!).  During the Fall of 2017, Georgia Hoffman was part of a field party that visited more than 50 Waterways outcrops in the Fort McMurray region.  Their primary objective was to document geologic structures, but of course they couldn’t resist the fossils.  This short talk will describe the fossils and their geologic setting.
Biography: 
Georgia Hoffman received her Bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1970, and then came to western Canada where she has worked in exploration for coal and oil sand, as well as base and precious metals, and even industrial minerals.  She became interested in plant fossils while working in the coal industry and she earned an M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in 1995 for her work on a late Paleocene fossil flora from the Paskapoo Formation.  She continues to work on paleontology projects as time permits.

 
Fossils of the East Kootenays and Recent Research
Speaker:  Guy Santucci, BA (Notre Dame, Nelson) ULE, (University of B.C.)

Abstract:
The unique sedimentary geology of the East Kootenays on the western slopes of the Rockies presents a cross section of life on Earth through most of the geological time scale from the late Proterozoic to Recent.   Fossils have been recovered from virtually all the Periods with only a few minor gaps.  Recent finds by amateurs and professionals all point to the fact that as more research takes place, these gaps are most likely going to be filled and more new species discovered. 
As well, work on the Early and Middle Cambrian have revealed a number of new species of trilobites, and some yet to be identified enigmatic species.  Much more work and study will be required.  The plethora of species now identified from the Middle Cambrian McKay Group show a diversity as great or greater than any other site on Earth including Chinese and Moroccan beds. To date, fifteen McKay sites have been found just on the Bull River alone, including a possible Eager Formation site not previously catalogued.
Along with these discoveries comes the growing pains of government protections of the sites and future study and access by collectors.  
Biography:
Guy completed his BA in Psychology in 1974, and a Degree in Urban Land Economics in 1984 and also has 3 years of an unfinished Bachelor of Science.  Law school was originally in the works, however a good government job derailed future educational and vocational plans.  Guy became interested in fossils when he moved to Cranbrook, B.C, in 1975 and started digging at the Rifle Range site.  He has since explored numerous sites in the Kootenays, has been included in articles and has also written numerous non-scientific articles on fossils.  Other interests included writing, photography and natural history.  He is also an artist and has even appeared in a Hollywood production.  Currently, he serves on the Board of the Cranbrook History Centre as the Paleontology co-ordinator and advisor.  He conducts fossil talks and displays at area schools and this past summer ran a kids’ fossil program through the museum.  
 


DIVISION INFORMATION

This event is presented jointly by the Alberta Palaeontological Society, the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Mount Royal University, and the Palaeontology Division of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists. For details or to present a talk in the future, please contact CSPG Palaeontology Division Chair Jon Noad at jonnoad@hotmail.com or APS Coordinator Harold Whittaker at 403-286-0349 or contact programs1@albertapaleo.org. Visit the APS website for confirmation of event times and upcoming speakers: http://www.albertapaleo.org/