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Nature Adventures Speaker Series: Dinosaur Hunting in Maryland

Dinosaur Hunting in Maryland with Rick Smith

Many of the rocks, clay, and sand that are found along the I-95 corridor in Maryland are part of a set of geological formations that are collectively referred to as the Potomac Group.  This material is approximately 110 million years old and is part of the early Cretaceous period, the youngest of three periods that comprise the Mesozoic Era, also known as the “Age of Dinosaurs”. Fossilized dinosaur remains have on rare occasion been uncovered along this corridor. In 1998 our speaker, Rick Smith, discovered part of an Astrodon leg bone embedded within a large ironstone concretion while searching in the Arbutus area, southwest of Baltimore City. This specimen is now housed at the Maryland Science Center. Rick will be talking about his dinosaur discovery and about dinosaur hunting throughout the Maryland area. He will be bringing dinosaur bone fragments recovered from the Arbutus site as well as fossil specimens from other areas of Maryland to examine. You can see more about the Arbutus dinosaur discovery on the following YouTube link:

Rick Smith is an amateur paleontologist and president of the Maryland Geological Society. He works as an analytical chemist for the US Army at Aberdeen Proving Ground.  He has collected fossil specimens as far south as Florida and as far west as California, but one of his favorite sites is the famous Calvert Cliffs of southern Maryland.

Cost: Members $5 each. Non-members $10 each. Cash at the door. We currently cannot accept credit cards. Become a member that evening and get the member discount!


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  • Justine S.

    Very interesting. Loved the hands-on and stories.

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had to work

    June 28, 2013

  • Cecilia A W.

    I'm sorry to miss it.

    June 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds soooooooooooooooooo interesting. I took a Dinosaur class at the University of Washington this past winter quarter.

    June 23, 2013

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