GEOL 471/571  Field Paleontology

 

Two Weeks, Two Credits

 

Camps full - Please email Dr. Pagnac for waitlist.

 darrin.pagnac@sdsmt.edu

 

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 2023 CAMPS

 

CRETACEOUS DINOSAURS OF THE HELL CREEK FORMATION

June 19-30

 

Join us as Shadehill Reservoir in north-central South Dakota.  We’ll be documenting fossils of all your late Cretaceous favorites, Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Edmontosaurus.  Based out of Lemmon, SD.

 

MARINE REPTILES OF THE CRETACEOUS INTERIOR SEAWAY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

July 24-August 4

Eighty-million years ago, during much of the Age of Dinosaurs, North America 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 in central South Dakota.  Based out of Chamberlain, SD. 

 

Cost: $2250 undergraduates, $2750 graduates. Cost DOES NOT include meals or lodging.. Students are responsible for transportation to sites and for arranging lodging.

Daily travel to the sites will be provided.

 

Register Online

 

 

 

For more information contact:

Dr. Darrin Pagnac

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

501 E. St. Joseph Street

Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 394-2469

darrin.pagnac@sdsmt.edu

 

 

 

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