Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Big Turnout for Fossil Talk

Over 175 people turned out to here a presentation about the geology and fossils of the Louisville, Kentucky area on August 21st, 2011.  Amateur paleontologist Kenny Popp talked for about 40 minutes on the subject showing maps, stratigraphy charts, and fossil images.  The venue for this speech was unique in that it was held inside St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church off Bardstown Road.

After the talk concluded, there were a number of tables with examples of fossils found in the area.  Corals, brachiopods, bryozoans, and microfossils could be seen in abundance.  A number of visitors brought fossils to show or be identified. I personally saw a nice section of Siphonophrentis horn coral (one of largest to exist on Earth) in addition to a number of colonial corals.  Some of the attendees were also impressed with the Ordovician scolecodonts shown under the microscope.

It was good to see so many people in the community take an interest in the area's geology!

The images are a little blurry since the church was dark and I did not have a tripod for the camera.  See earlier blog posting about this event: CLICK HERE