MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society), Sponsor of National Fossil Exposition
News and Events

National Fossil Expo 39

Sharpless Auctions Facility, IOWA CITY, IA

Dates & Topic for EXPO 2017

     The theme for Expo 2017 will be the

Silurian Period

and the show will run from

Friday, March 31st to Sunday, April 2nd, 2017.

The keynote speaker is TBA - they should be announced soon!!

     The MAPS EXPO Show will be held March 31 - April 2, 2017, at the Sharpless Auction facility just north of I-80 at Exit 249. The Hotel Pre-Show is scheduled to occupy the Clarion Hotel north of I-80 at Exit 246 on North Dodge Street about 3 mi from Sharpless Auctions. Both venues are located in Iowa City, Iowa.

MAPS-CVRMS Field Trip Oct 9th, 2016

River Products Klein Quarry, Coralville, IA

8:45 AM, Sunday, October 9th, 2016

There is a limit of 60 participants!

You MUST RSVP to go on the trip

Contact MAPS President Marv Houg to RSVP

Visit the Field Trips page for more information.

Sept-Nov 2016 Newsletter now available

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Sept-Nov 2016 Newsletter

Other Recent Newsletters Are Available Here

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May-Aug 2016 Newsletter

Jan-Mar 2016 Newsletter

MAPS EXPO 2016 Info Newsletter

Sept-Nov 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

May-Aug 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

Jan-Mar 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Please send us your fossil/rock club related events to be posted!
See the news page for the events calendar

Your stories are needed for the Digest Newsletter!

     One comment that popped up from a lot of folks at Expo was that people would enjoy seeing more frequent club newsletters. To do that, we need YOUR STORIES - the Digest Newsletter is member driven, and submissions have dropped off in recent years.
     The stories do not need to be fancy ultra-scientific things! Such simple topics as a favorite fossil collecting trip story, or a description of some great fossil find of yours would be just the sort of thing we could use in the newsletter!
     Submit your pictures too - really cool ones just might end up on the cover!
     Please send your submissions to the Newsletter editors, John Catalani or Chris Cozart; alternately you can contact one of the webmasters - our contacts are listed in the lower right corner of this page.


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Crinoid fossil found on a club trip to Klein Quarry in Coralville, IA in rocks of the Cedar Valley Group in October 2008 by MAPS member Dennis Sievers. Prepared by MAPS member Karl Stuekerjuergen. Middle Devonian in age - approx 375 million years old.