TITLE:  Speaking Evolution

ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution, or ALLELE, series will host a showing of “Discovering Alabama’s” newest production, “Speaking Evolution,” Thursday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in room 2011 of North Lawn Hall.

The program explores how the science of evolution is communicated to the general public. Narrated by NPR national correspondent Debbie Elliot, “Speaking Evolution” asks several prominent scientists about how the teaching of evolution could be changed in order to better explain it.

Please refer to the following website for a recent news article on the program:

Speaking Evolution

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.


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 http://www.alabamapaleo.org/Alabama_Paleontological_Society_files/Minkin%20Guide%20-%20optimized%20Apr%206%202012.pdf

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 lizard related to the Komodo dragon) 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.


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

Winds of Kansas:   Roy Beckemeyer’s encyclopedic website on  recent and fossil insects, with particular emphasis on the Permian insect fauna of the Wellington Formation in Kansas and Oklahoma and numerous interesting links:  www.windsofkansas.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


Next APS Meeting: THURSDAY NOVEMBER 9, 2017

Location/Time:  Room 211, North Lawn Hall, University of Alabama, 7:30 pm

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