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  1. Hello everyone! I wanted to share some good news with you all... On Monday, March 16, 2020, I visited "Formosa Reef" in Ontario (Amherstburg Formation, Lower Devonian) for a little fossil hunt. One of the rocks that I found at the site had a trilobite piece that @piranha identified as the hypostome belonging to the trilobite Acanthopyge contusa. When I asked him if he knew of any museum/researcher who might be interested in my specimen, he suggested that I contact the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and so I did. First, I emailed David Rudkin, and this is what he said: "Thank you very much for getting in touch and offering to donate your splendid little Acanthopyge hypostome! I've been retired from the ROM for 3 years now and am not permitted to act on behalf of the Invertebrate Palaeontology section, but I am copying these messages to the Curator and Collection Manager with my recommendation to accept your generous offer." "Acanthopyge contusa is indeed a relatively rare component of the Formosa trilobite fauna and the ROM collections do not hold any specimens of the elusive hypostome. Like your contact on The Fossil Forum I've not seen one from Ontario before, so your discovery is quite exciting ... at least for a self-professed trilobite geek such as myself! I'm hoping that my ROM colleagues, Dr Caron and Ms Akrami, will follow my recommendation to accept your offer, but I must leave the final decision in their hands." Just last night, I received two consecutive emails from Maryam Akrami (the current Invertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager at the ROM): "Thank you for sending the images and the information for the trilobite specimen. I am glad to let you know that we will accept your offer of donation. Just want to let you know that the ROM is closed until at least 5th April. If you would like to ship the specimen to us now, I can give you my home address. Once we have the specimen, I will send you a letter acknowledging your generous donation to the ROM." "Following up on my previous email (below), given the current situation and the advise against leaving our homes for non-essential reasons, perhaps it would be a good idea to wait till things return to normal and then ship the specimen to us. I hope that would be ok with yourself." So, once the ROM is up and running again, I'll be handing over my little Acanthopyge contusa hypostome to the ROM! I'll update this thread as soon as the donation has been completed. Here are pictures of the specimen in question: Thanks for reading, everyone! Monica
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    First Presentation: Our first speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "The fossils of the Florissant Fossil Beds". The Florissant formation is world famous for its abundance of well preserved insects and plants. Carl's presentation will focus upon the knowledge that he gained from a visit to The Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. He will also share his experience collecting fossils at the Florissant Fossil Quarry. Second Presentation: Donna Cole and Craig Tipton will combine their efforts in a talk entitled: "A Trip to Wyoming, July/August, 2018". It will cover the highlights of their journey to Wyoming, their visit to the American Fossil Quarry near Kemmerer, and then their trip to the Eden Valley - Blue Forrest Fossil Wood site northeast of Kemmerer. Third Presentation: Our third speaker will be Carl Fechko. His topic will be: "A visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) in Canada". For this talk, Carl will share what he experienced in a "behind the scenes" tour at the ROM along with a description of some of the most interesting fossils and exhibits at the ROM. Collector's Corner: Bring Your favorite Insect and Bug Fossils for showing others and sharing information.
  3. Real good, upclose view of the iconic skull of Parasaurolophus by David Evans of the Royal Ontario Museum https://t.co/mzTHkRy0Ch?amp=1
  4. If you are interested in the Hadrosaur Maiasaura attached find a short video by David Evans who is a world renowned paleontologist on hadrosaurs. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10155891806523147&id=8469063146&_rdr
  5. Gigantic Devonian Monster Worm Discovered

    400 million year old gigantic extinct monster worm discovered in Canadian museum University of Bristol, February 21, 2017 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170221095643.htm https://phys.org/news/2017-02-million-year-gigantic-extinct-monster.html http://www.bris.ac.uk/news/2017/february/giant-worm-fossil-.html Mats E. Eriksson, Luke A. Parry, and David M. Rudkin, 2017, Earth’s oldest ‘Bobbit worm’ – gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete. Scientific Reports, 2017; 7: 43061 DOI: 10.1038/srep43061 http://www.nature.com/articles/srep43061 Yours, Paul H.
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