MAPS (Mid America Paleontology Society), Sponsor of National Fossil Exposition
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MAPS Fall Meeting Schedule

Saturday, November 14th, 2015 -

Lunch & meeting in Amana, IA

at noon at the Ronneberg Restaurant

Followed by a program & tour of Edelstein Treasures

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September-November 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

EXPO 2016 Theme, Speaker, & Dates Announced!!

EXPO 38 will be held April 1-3, 2016, at the Sharpless Auctions Facility in Iowa City, IA.

The keynote speaker will be Phil Currie!!

The theme of Expo 38 is going to be the Mesozoic!

Please note - the Hotel pre-show will be held at the Clarion Hotel in Iowa City, IA

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May-August 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

January-March 2015 MAPS Digest Newsletter

MAPS EXPO 2015 Info Digest Newsletter

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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.

National Fossil Expo 37

Sharpless Auctions Facility, IOWA CITY, IA

Dates & Topic for EXPO 2015

MAPS Digest - Detailed Expo information

     The theme for Expo 2015 will be the Cenozoic Period, and the show will run from

Friday, April 10th to Sunday, April 12th, 2015.

      The keynote speaker will be LANCE GRANDE, keynote talk title is TBA.

     The MAPS EXPO Show will be held April 10-12, 2015, at the Sharpless Auction facility just north of I-80 at Exit 249. The Hotel Pre-Show is scheduled to occupy the Travelodge south of I-80 at Exit 246 on North Dodge Street about 3 mi from Sharpless Auctions. Both venues are located in Iowa City, Iowa.

Visit our News page for a list of Expo 37 Programs & Activities!


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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.