The Bulletin
Editor - Jack Kallmeyer

April 2018

Echinoids of the Lone Star State 

Our program this month will be presented by Dr. William W. Morgan. His talk will be entitled, “Texas Cretaceous Echinoids.” This talk is based upon his book, Collector’s Guide to Texas Cretaceous Echinoids, published in 2016. Hopefully, Dr. Morgan will bring some copies along with him for purchase. This is an opportunity to learn more about echinoids from an expert. Don’t miss out.

Dr. Morgan has been an amateur paleontologist for over thirty years and is now pursuing his avocation nearly full time. His previous book was entitled, “Collector’s Guide to Crawfordsville Crinoids” published by Schiffer Publishing in June of 2014. He is currently working on a book about the Mississippian Fort Payne Crinoids.

William W. Morgan holds a Ph.D. in Anatomy and Physiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. For forty years he was a neuroscientist and a teacher on the faculty of the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. From 1981 until his retirement in 2011, he held the rank of Professor at that institution. He is the author of over 100 scientific publications related to brain neurochemistry and Parkinson’s disease. He also taught microanatomy, neuroanatomy, and biostatistics to medical and graduate students in the biomedical sciences and is the recipient of several teaching awards, including Master Teacher. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus at that institution. Following retirement, he and his wife Joy reside in Crossville, Tennessee.

TIME: 8:00 pm
DATE: Friday, May 25, 2018
PLACE: Room 201 Braunstein Hall
University of Cincinnati Campus
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Beginner's Class
by Greg Courtney 

The Beginner’s Class will be held at 7:15 PM, Friday, May 25th in room 301, one floor up from the regular meeting room. Greg will present an introduction to Ordovician fossils and sea life. He will include tips on how to identify fossils and the tools that are needed to collect. Many fossils specimens will be available for examination.


May Field Trip
by Matthew Speights

On Saturday, May 26th, at 10:00 a.m., we will have our final field trip before summer. Since our last field trip was a long drive for some, we’re going to a nearby site this time, only 25 minutes’ drive south of the University of Cincinnati. We’ll be collecting near Independence, Kentucky. This roadside spot exposes shell beds of the Bellevue Formation of the Cincinnatian Series. We visited this site in 2015, and it proved quite productive, with large brachiopods (some turned into geodes!) like Rafinesquina sp., Vinlandostrophia (= Platystrophia) ponderosa, Vinlandostrophia cypha, and Hebertella occidentalis, as well as gastropods, bryozoans, cephalopods (lots of them), pelecypods (clams), and crinoids. There was even a possible edrioasteroid found, plus a fully enrolled Flexicalymene meeki trilobite! The site slopes gently, so is good for weary knees.

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