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

EXPO 2024 Dates Set!


October 18-20, 2024

Hours: 9am-5pm Fri, 8am-5pm Sat, 8am-3pm Sun

The Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Illinois.

The keynote topic for EXPO 2024 is The Carboniferous Period.

Keynote Speaker: Joe Devera -
'Late Mississippian Vertebrate Fossils from the Buncimbe Red Bed, Southern Illinois'


EXPO 2024 Info Newsletter now available:

Click the link to download a PDF copy - please forward this on to anyone who might be interested in attending the show as a visitor, vendor, or a presenter!
EXPO Info 2024 Newsletter

EXPO 2024 Promo Card:

Download promo card

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.