May 2017 Field Trip – no monthly meeting

There will be a field trip this month. Please see details in the email sent to all society members by Tom Cockburn.

Unfortunately, there will be no monthly meeting on May 17 due to lack of a speaker.

Date:  Saturday, May 27th (note that this is NOT the Saturday following the Monthly Meeting)

Meeting Location and Time:  Helmcken Road Park and Ride; 07:00 AM)  Arrange car-pooling.

Safety and Equipment: 

  • Safety: We will be visiting an intertidal site, so you should expect to be walking on rocks that can be slippery and treacherous.
  • Equipment: At some sites the fossils are only found in concretions, so a good hammer or sledge and protective eyewear are required. At other sites the fossils are found in the rock, so a small chisel is helpful.

VicPS Meeting April 19 7:30 pm

April 19, 2017 7:30 pm, Room A120, Cornett Building, UVic.

Speaker: Gary Kaiser, RBCM research Associate and VicPS member.

Topic: Why dinosaurs got small:  how biology of the dinosaur-bird lineage made them such a huge success for several hundred million years.  For all of that time, both dinosaurs and birds have depended on a hard shelled egg for reproduction.  The shell imposes a strict budget on the development of the hatchling and has led to important changes in the skeleton and behaviour of modern birds.