GEOL 471/571  Field Paleontology

 

Two Weeks, Two Credits

 

Application Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Field Paleontology is a two-week experience that is designed to introduce students to the procedures of preserving and documenting fossil discoveries.  We emphasize the fact that fossils are information so the geologic context of fossils as well as the distribution of fossils at a given site is meticulously recorded.  Topics covered include field stabilization and excavation of fossil material, recording stratigraphic data, quarry mapping techniques, reading and interpreting topographic maps, proper documentation, and fossil systematics of each site.  Students taking the course for undergraduate credit will be graded based on their field notes, daily observations, and participation in field activities.  Graduate students will be required to conduct a follow-up research project the following fall semester. 

 

SUMMER 2015 CAMPS

 

 

CENOZOIC MAMMALS  OF WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND NEBRASKA

Explore the wonderful Oligocene and Miocene sediments of the Black Hills and Western Nebraska. Join us for fossil collecting expeditions in the White River Group of Wind cave National Monument, and early Miocene deposits of western Nebraska, including Agate Fossil Beds National Monument.

 

Dates: June 15 -26, 2015

Cost: $1,800 undergraduate and $1,900 graduate students

 

Cost DOES NOT include meals or lodging. 

 

MARINE REPTILES OF THE CRETACEOUS INTERIOR SEAWAY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

Eighty-million years ago, during much of the Age of Dinosaurs, South Dakota was covered by a shallow inland seaway.  Join us to help document fossil discoveries; including marine reptiles, pterosaurs, gigantic fish, sharks and baculites; while surveying along the Missouri River.  Enjoy the beautiful South Dakota prairie, where we will be working in the gorgeous cliffs of the Niobrara Formation, and the rolling hills of the Pierre Shale.  Led by Dr. Darrin Pagnac and Dr. Clint Boyd.  Camp is based out of Chamberlain, SD, with camping, dining and lodging services readily available.  Additional facilities are available in nearby Oacoma. 

Cost: $1200 undergraduates, $1300 graduates

 July 27 – August 7, 2015

 

Cost DOES NOT include meals or lodging. 

Students are responsible for transportation to Chamberlain and for arranging lodging. 

 

A few lodging options in Chamberlain SD include:

American Creek Campground: http://www.americancreekcampground.net/

Best Western Lee’s Motor Inn: http://book.bestwestern.com/

AmericInn Chamberlain: http://www.americinn.com/

 

For more information contact:

Darrin Pagnac (605) 394-2469

darrin.pagnac@sdsmt.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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