TITLE:  “Formal Title To Be Announced”


SPEAKERS: Andy Rindsberg, PhD, Assoc Professor of Environmental Geology and Paleontology, University of West Alabama


ABSTRACT: (Formal abstract will be posted later) Dr Rindsberg will give an overview of the fossil history of the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) and then review the current members of this beautiful and fascinating insect group currently found in Alabama.  There have been striking new developments in what is known of the fossil history of this group.  Check out the link below to a recent discovery from the Triassic:


Finding fossil lepidopteran scales


ABOUT THE SPEAKER (From His UWA Webpage):

  If a day in the field is better than a day in the office, then Andrew Rindsberg has had a lot of good days. He chose geology as his field of study, specializing first in paleontology and later in ichnology, the science of tracks, trails, burrows, and other signs of living activity. Trace fossils are not only lively, but also present challenges and puzzles that dead skeletons lack. After graduating from Stanford University, Andy sought out ichno-masters Robert W. Frey (University of Georgia) and John E. Warme (Colorado School of Mines) to study under, working on trace fossils from intertidal to abyssal environments. At the Geological Survey of Alabama from 1989 to 2006, Andy put this expertise to work on rocks of many different ages, as well as other projects in paleontology, geologic mapping, hydrogeology, and marine geology – creating a versatility that since 2006 has been put to use teaching courses in geology, earth science, and natural history at The University of West Alabama. Andy is now engaged in the business of sharing good days with students, and all his courses include field trips.


RECENT PUBLICATIONS:

   Chowns, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2015, Stratigraphy and depositional environments in the Silurian Red Mountain Formation of the southern Appalachian basin, USA, in Holmes, A.E., ed., Diverse Excursions in the Southeast: Paleozoic to Present: Geological Society of America Field Guide, no. 39, p. 95-143.

   Rindsberg, A.K., & Martin, A.J., 2015, Caster’s plasters: neoichnological experiments by Kenneth Caster on limulids in 1937, in McIlroy, D., ed., Ichnology: Papers from Ichnia III: Geological Association of Canada, Miscellaneous Publication, no. 9, p. 197-210.

  Vallon, L.H., Rindsberg, A.K., & Bromley, R.G., 2015, An updated classification of animal behaviour preserved in substrates: Geodinamica Acta.                 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09853111.2015.1065306

     Vallon, L.H., Rindsberg, A.K., & Martin, A.J., 2015, The use of the terms trace, mark and structure: Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae, v. 85. http://www.asgp.pl/sites/default/files/in_press_85_2_Vallon.pdf

      Mángano, M.G., Buatois, L.A., Astini, R., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, Trilobites in early Cambrian tidal flats and the landward expansion of the Cambrian explosion: Reply [to J.R. Paterson]: Geology, v. 42, no. 9, p. e343. DOI 10.1130/G35817Y.1

    Morse, K., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2014, Where’s the buzz? Pollinator conservation in Alabama: Alabama Wildlife, v. 78, no. 2, p. 27-29.      

    Puckett, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., 2014, Stratigraphy and depositional systems in the Mississippian strata of the Appalachian Plateau, northwest Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 51st Annual Field Trip, 216 p.

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2014g, 5th Workshop on Ichnotaxonomy (WIT V), Smolenice and Bratislava, Slovakia, June 9th – 13th, 2014 [conference report]: Geologica Carpathica, v. 65, no. 3, p. 240. http://www.geologicacarpathica.com/data/files/files/misc/GC_65_3_Workshop-Report.pdf

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2014h, Day 1, Stop 4: Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve, in Puckett, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., Stratigraphy and depositional systems in the Mississippian strata of the Appalachian Plateau, northwest Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 51st Annual Field Trip, p. 34-41.

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2014i, An introduction to the Mississippian outcrop belt of northwest Alabama, in Puckett, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., Stratigraphy and depositional systems in the Mississippian strata of the Appalachian Plateau, northwest Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 51st Annual Field Trip, p. 77-110.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Herr, L.A., 2014, Hackberry Emperor thrives in Black Belt habitat: University of West Alabama, Black Belt Connections, v. 4, no. 5, p. 6.

    Rindsberg, A.K., and Pashin, J.C., 2014, Day 2, Stop 1: Pride Mountain Formation [Hartselle Sandstone] and Bangor Limestone at Fielder Ridge, in Puckett, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., Stratigraphy and depositional systems in the Mississippian strata of the Appalachian Plateau, northwest Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 51st Annual Field Trip, p. 47-52.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Statom, R.A., 2014, Hydrogeology of Colbert, Lawrence, and Franklin Counties, Alabama, in Puckett, T.M., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., Stratigraphy and depositional systems in the Mississippian strata of the Appalachian Plateau, northwest Alabama: Alabama Geological Society, Guidebook for the 51st Annual Field Trip, p. 199-212.

    Mángano, M.G., Buatois, L.A., Astini, R., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2013, Trilobites in early Cambrian tidal flats and the landward expansion of the Cambrian explosion: Geology, v. 42 (2014), no. 2, p. 143-146. DOI 10.1130/G34980.1

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2013, Winnie McGlamery (1887-1977), State Paleontologist of Alabama, in Ebersole, Jun, & Ikejiri, Takehito, eds., Contributions to Alabama Paleontology: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin, no. 31, v. 2, p. 97-118.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Kopaska-Merkel, D.C., 2013a, Paleoecology and diagenesis of Parafavreina ziczac isp. nov., a crustacean microcoprolite from the Upper Jurassic (Oxfordian) Smackover Formation of Alabama, in Ebersole, Jun, & Ikejiri, Takehito, eds., Contributions to Alabama Paleontology: Tuscaloosa, Alabama Museum of Natural History Bulletin, no. 31, v. 2, p. 74-93.

    Baucon, A., Bordy, E., Brustur, T., Buatois, L., Cunningham, T., De, C., Duffin, C., Gaillard, C., Hu, B., Hu, L., Jensen, S., Knaust, D., Lockley, M., Lowe, P., Mayor, A., Mayoral, E., Neto de Carvalho, C., Pollard, J., Rindsberg, A.K., Seike, K., Song, H., Turner, S., Uchman, U., Wang, Y., Yi-ming, G., Zhang, W., & Zhang, L., 2012, A history of ideas in ichnology, in Knaust, Dirk, & Bromley, R.G., eds., Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments: Amsterdam, Elsevier, Developments in Sedimentology, v. 64, p. 3-43.

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2012a, Ichnotaxonomy: finding patterns in a welter of information, in Knaust, D., & Bromley, R. G., eds., Trace Fossils as Indicators of Sedimentary Environments: Elsevier, Developments in Sedimentology, v. 64, p. 43-78.

    Rindsberg, A.K., 2012b, Black Belt History class enjoys field trip: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Division of Educational Outreach, The Black Belt Connection, v. 2, no. 1, p. 3.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Herr, L.A., 2012a, Butterflies at the University of West Alabama: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt, Leaflet no. 1.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Herr, L.A., 2012b, Butterflies on the University of West Alabama Nature Walks: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt, Leaflet no. 2.

    Rindsberg, A.K., & Herr, L.A., 2012c, Butterflies at the Black Belt Garden and the University of West Alabama campus: Livingston, University of West Alabama, Center for the Study of the Black Belt, Leaflet no. 3.

    Martin, A.J., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2011, Ichnological diagnosis of ancient storm washover fans, Yellow Banks Bluff, St. Catherines Island, Georgia (USA), in Thomas, D.H., ed., Geoarchaeology of St. Catherines Island, Georgia: Proceedings of the Fourth Caldwell Conference, St. Catherines Island, Georgia, March 27-29, 2009: Anthropological Papers of the American Museum of Natural History, no. 94, p. 113-127. http://digitallibrary.amnh.org/dspace/bitstream/handle/2246/6105/A094%20chapter%205.pdf?sequence=8

    Uchman, A., Mikuláš, R., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2011, Mollusc trace fossils Ptychoplasma Fenton and Fenton, 1937 and Oravaichnium Plička and Uhrová, 1990: their type material and ichnospecies: Geobios, v. 44, no. 4, p. 387-397.

    Kaminski, M.A., Uchman, A., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2010, Arthrodendron maguricum n.sp., a new larger agglutinated foraminifer from the Eocene Magura flysch of the Polish Carpathians and its relationship to komokiaceans and trace fossils: Journal of Paleontology, v. 84, no. 6, p. 1015-1021.

    Uchman, A., & Rindsberg, A.K., eds., 2010a, Advances in marine ichnology: Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Ichnology, Cracow, Poland, 1-5 September 2008: Acta Geologica Polonica, v. 60, no. 1, p. 1-138. http://agp.org.pl/table/abstracts/60-1.htm

    Uchman, A., & Rindsberg, A.K., 2010b, Advances in marine ichnology – Foreword. Acta Geologica Polonica, v. 60, no. 1, p. 1-2. http://agp.org.pl/table/pdf/60-1/01uchman.pdf



APS ACTIVITIES AND LINKS:


FIELD TRIPS: APS conducts monthly field trips to fossil localities in Alabama and surrounding states strictly with permission of landowners (please refer to our Ethical Statement for further details).  In accordance with our Statement of Purpose, we frequently make educational presentations to schools and public gatherings on subjects related to paleontology.   Field trip participation is generally limited to members but individuals interested in coming on a field trip as a guest with an eye towards membership should contact APS President Ashley Allen (alabamapaleo@gmail.com), Vice President Prescott Atkinson (patkinson@peds.uab.edu) or Field Trip Coordinator Milo Washington (themilum@yahoo.com).  We have also hosted classes ranging from upper elementary school grades to college geology groups and other groups with an interest in geology and paleontology on select field trips.


LINKS:

Interactive Photographic Index to the Steven C. Minkin Paleozoic Footprint Site (maintained by Dr. Ron Buta): a newly updated collection of photos from the Minkin site that are much easier to view:  Steven C. Minkin Trackway Photographic Index

Trace Fossils of the Crescent Valley Mine - a large collection of vertebrate tracks amassed by Dr. Ron Buta in his visits to this surface coal mine located very close to the underground coal mine which was the source of the vertebrate tracks described in the 1930 Bulletin of the Alabama Museum of Natural History by Aldrich and Jones:  http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/cvm2/cvm-database2.htmlRECENTLY PUBLISHED!  Here is a link to a new paper by Dr Buta and collaborators on the CVM site with many beautiful photographs: http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/cvmpaper/10-Buta-etal-Crescent-Valley-Mine.pdf.  The reference is:  Buta, R. J., Pashin, J. C., Minter, N. J., and Kopaska-Merkel, D. C. 2013, "Ichnology and Stratigraphy of the Crescent Valley Mine: Evidence for a Carboniferous Megatracksite in Walker County, Alabama," in The Carboniferous-Permian Transition, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, S. G. Lucas et al., eds., Vol. 60, pp. 42-56.

Downloadable Guide to the Minkin Footprint Site by Drs Ron Buta and David Kopaska-Merkel:  Minkin Guide - optimized Apr 6 2012.pdf

Minkin Track Site Monograph link:  This link contains PDF files for the multiauthor monograph on the tracks and plants from the Minkin Track Site including an extensive photographic atlas: http://kudzu.astr.ua.edu/monograph/monofiles/monofiles.html

Alabama Museum of Natural History:  The AMNH sponsors a great program of family friendly weekend field trips throughout the year to various sites focusing on geology, paleontology, ecology and other areas.  The AMNH has an immense paleo research collection accumulated over the past 100 years (including what may be the largest mosasaur collection in the world) and is always looking for volunteers to help with cleaning and cataloguing specimens.  In addition, for the past 30 years the AMNH has conducted a several week-long summer Expedition, usually focused on archaeology or paleontology in which participants  camp in the field and work with experts to uncover the remote history of human activities in Alabama or the much more ancient fossil inhabitants of the State:        http://amnh.ua.edu/ .   This is the link for Dana Ehret’s collection of images from the collection:  http://djehret.wix.com/collections .  The site is under construction but will be adding images over the coming months.

McWane Science Center: In addition to its world class interactive exhibits on the other sciences and its eye-popping IMAX Theatre, the McWane Center has a spectacular fossil exhibit, with lifesize replicas of dinosaurs including several whose remains have been found in Alabama, as well as the actual fossil remains of other fossil creatures that once inhabited the State such as a virtually complete mosasaur (a giant marine Cretaceous reptile related to snakes and lizards) and a giant ground sloth:  http://mcwane.org .  This is the link to McWane’s extensive new collection section with images of specimens in their collection:  http://www.mcwane.org/learn/the-mcwane-science-center-collection/.

Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute: Prescott Atkinson, your Vice President, and Carl Sloan, your Secretary, participated in a weeklong dig in July 2017 with the BBPI excavating Jurassic age dinosaurs in the Bighorn Basin in Montana.  This experience is open to anyone - it would be a particularly great adventure for a parent/child pair (for kids as young as 10-12 years).  For further information see the BBPI website: at this link:  http://www.bbpaleo.org/ and also take a look at this spectacular video from their website: http://www.bbpaleo.org/public-expeditions .  If you would like to provide support for the BBPI, every time you shop on Amazon, be sure to use the Smile.Amazon.com web address shown below, and with every purchase Amazon makes a donation to the BBPI - at no extra cost to you!  It’s the easiest way to support this great organization.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-3350752

Oceans of Kansas:  Mike Everhart’s spectacular website on the Cretaceous world, focusing on the western interior sea previously occupying present day Kansas, USA:  www.oceansofkansas.com

In Memoriam:  Frank David Lueth November 5, 1940-July 7, 2007. For those of you who knew him, this youtube photographic tribute to David created by his daughter is a wonderful memory of one of our departed friends:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6euSPzoVLk

Interested in fossils?  Want to help support the University of Alabama’s paleo program? Consider making your tax deductible contribution to the Alabama Museum of Natural History’s Paleo Collections Enhancement Fund. Your money will be earmarked to help modernize the paleo collections, for example by buying archival shelving and preservation materials, supporting creation of an online image database and more.  Select the link below to make your tax deductible contribution.  (Unit = Museum, Fund = Alabama Museum of Natural History Gift Fund).  No contribution is too small !   JUST CLICK THIS LINK:

AMNH Paleo Collections Enhancement Fund

JANUARY MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER!

Next APS Meeting: Monday Feb 5, 2018 at 7pm

Location:  The Lodge at the Zoo (Look for the walkway up the hill to the Lodge across the parking lot from the the Auditorium Bldg)

Note Change in time and place from our regular monthly meeting!