New York Mineralogical Club Gala Dinner Review

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Our New York Mineralogical Club held its annual gala dinner in early October, and once again it was in our opinion the “must-attend” event of the year. Joe and I invited some friends to the gala, the theme was Ruby, and we assembled beforehand at the hotel lobby bar of the Holiday Inn Midtown, which has hosted the event the past three years.

Then, as in years prior, the silent auction begins at 6pm, and for 45 minutes you have 40-75 members and their guests hovering over an assembly of museum quality gem and mineral specimens, gem and mineral artwork, and geology and paleontology books and out-of-print journals until…
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Fossil Site at Blue Beach

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A fossil site open to the public can be elusive to find. You may be at the fossil site per all accounts, but should no fossils turn up, then your consolation is a nice day outdoors and getting some sun. My experience with a fossil site stems back to the ten years I lived in Texas. A site north of Galveston, on the Bolivar Peninsula was a crude, undeveloped, and open beach called McFaddin Beach. The coast had extended much further out into the Gulf of Mexico, and after a storm, or if you were lucky after a tide cycle, Pleistocene bones (bison, ancient horse, giant beaver, prehistoric fish) would wash up along with the rare Clovis Point. I had the pleasure of walking the beach 3 times, and every time swore I would go about it better the next time I went fossil hunting.
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Fossil Collection at Indiana State Museum


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The fossil collection at the Indiana State Museum is a must-see for every paleontologist, student, teacher, scientist, geologist, or anyone interested in the Paleozoic Fossil during the Mississippian Age in the state of Indiana. Indiana was covered with crinoids during the Mississippian Age, and remnants of these sea animals remain in the sedimentary slabs of Southern Indiana. So often when the crinoid would die, it would fall apart. You find these crinoid remains on slabs of limestone. The head of the crinoid, the base of the crinoid, and the discs that make up the length of the crinoid are found scattered. We actually have recovered many crinoid fossils, and they can be seen here:
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Ice Age Fossils

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Ice Age fossils in Indiana? Yes, the glaciers covered Indiana, and yes, we had mastodons and mammoths! The Indiana State Museum presents this, and educates its visitors, and delights all with their Ice Age display that runs through August 17th.

Now I believed I knew Indiana natural history pretty well, but I learned today that a nearly intact skull was discovered outside Anderson, Indiana. It’s one of the finest in the world.
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