The next VanPS meeting/presentation will be on November 17 (Wednesday) at 7 pm, and Perry Poon of VanPS has graciously invited us to attend. VicPS members will find virtual meeting details in an email on this topic.
Guy Santucci will present – “A Brief History of the Fort Steele/Rifle Range Early Cambrian Trilobite Site”.
An abstract of the presentation:
The renowned “Rifle Range” early Cambrian site, despite its Burgess shale type fauna in Cranbrook, B.C. has long been overlooked until recently. Early studies were fragmentary and superficial. However, it does have a colourful history. A number of characters along with numerous newspaper articles over the years add to the mystique, confusion, and attraction to the site. The deposition and assemblage of fossils date to 513 million years old making it at minimum 5 million years older than the Burgess shale, hence a definitely long enough span for evolutionary change. As well it is one of the oldest articulated fossil sites in North America. These factors prompted Dr. Jean-Bernard Caron of the Royal Ontario Museum to conduct a long overdue study in 2015. A total of 1500 specimens were collected in roughly 7 days work, revealing some new species and better understanding of the site.
We’ve received an invitation to join the Vancouver Paleontological Society (VanPS) for their next VanPS meeting via ZOOM, on May 19, (Wednesday), at 7 pm where George Gough will present “Ancient Horses: Their Story From 55 Million Years Ago to the Present”.
George Gough’s presentation summary:
Presentation Summary: Ancient Horses: Their Story From 55 Million Years Ago to the Present
In this one hour, colorfully illustrated, lecture, George covers the little known and fascinating story of the rise of horses out of the northern hemisphere 55 million years ago, their highly successful evolution in North America, and their migration to other continents before finally going extinct in North America following the last great ice age. The story concludes with the reintroduction of horses to North America by early Spanish explorers and the spread of horses by Indigenous peoples and later European settlers.
George Gough Bio:
George Gough is a retired Environmental Safety Professor from the Lower Mainland of British Columbia who joined the California State Paleontology Society in Borrego Springs as a volunteer several years ago where he trained for several hundred hours to become a Certified Paleontology Volunteer. During one field survey, he uncovered a fossil horse tooth that triggered him to investigate the origin of horses. He became so fascinated with his findings that he was compelled to turn the story into a one hour presentation to share with other paleontologists and the public.
Meeeting and Zoom link:
Topic: George Gough presents, Ancient Horses: Their Story From 55 Million Years Ago to the present