GEOL 471/571  Field Paleontology

 

Two Weeks, Two Credits

 

Application Deadline: Rolling registration until filled

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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 2019 CAMPS

 

OLIGOCENE FOSSILS OF BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK

June 10-21

Join us for two weeks of fossil survey and excavation at scenic Badlands National Park. Assist with the location  and extraction of the remains of three-toed horses, rhinos, "hell pigs", oreodonts, and numerous forms of small vertebrates.

THIS SECTION IS LIMITED TO GRADUATE STUDENTS ONLY.

Cost: $2250. Cost DOES NOT include lodging but include meals. Students are responsible for transportation to rapid City. Transportation to national Park and daily travel will be provided.

 

MARINE REPTILES OF THE CRETACEOUS INTERIOR SEAWAY OF SOUTH DAKOTA

July 29 - August 9

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. 

THIS SECTION IS OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS

Cost: $1600 undergraduates, $1850 graduates. 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:

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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