Let's talk about MAPS Expo. The expo is being held at the Western Hall, University Drive, Western Illinois University campus. FREE ADMISSION!!! Billed as the "world's largest all-fossils show" with lots and lots of exhibitors and dealers. This year featuring a 33 foot (10 meters) duckbill dinosaur skeleton. Silent auctions throughout the show and a 100 specimen live one at 7:30 PM March 27.
Experts will be on hand to help identify visitor fossils.
Dr. Robert Frey of Ohio will give the talk The Age of Nautiloids in the American Midwest: The Platteville Fauna in Illinois and Wisconsin on Friday, March 26, 2010 at 7 PM.
Don "The Fossil Guy" Johnson will discuss Laura the Hypacrosaurus and Other Duck-billed Dinosaurs on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10 AM.
MAPS member Bill Desmarais on Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 11 AM will present a program about dinosaur research expeditions in Alberta, Canada.
John A Catalani, and Ordovician cephalopod expert whose talk is titled "Life and Times in the Ordovician" presents at 1 PM on Saturday, March 27, 2010. He is a KYANA Geological Society member and I think I may have met him on a field trip. Should be a nice talk.
University of Iowa professor Charles Newsom will help visitors with their fossil identification at 2 PM on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
Curator of University of Iowa Geoscience Repository will talk about storing, organizing, protecting, and documenting a fossil collection at 3 PM on Saturday, March 27, 2010.
See the available workshops here: http://www.midamericapaleo.org/content/expo32.php#workshops
Lodging info: http://www.
Restaurant/Meals info: http://www.
WOW, this looks like a great show. So if you can attend this weekend, enjoy the fossils!