Utah Friends of Paleontology

Annual Meeting 2014

May 30, 31 - June 1, 2014

The Utah Friends of Paleontology, Uinta Basin Chapter, will host the 2014 UFOP annual meeting in Vernal, Utah. From the world famous Hayden Quarry at nearby Dinosaur National Monument to the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum in town, Vernal is a hub for paleontology field work. The Utah Field House has a brand new collections wing and an active prep lab.

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Main Venues


Utah Field House of Natural History
State Park Museum

496 East Main, Vernal, Utah

Utah State University

Uintah Basin Regional Campus

Room 101 – 320 North Aggie Blvd., Vernal, Utah

If you Google search for Vernal Travel it will list Vernal motels with maps and links to their sites. Motel space should be better since the addition of new rooms this past year but early reservations are recommended.

Contact Dale Gray at daleegr@aim.com or 435-789-5585 if you have questions.


Convention T-Shirt
Features a Subway System Map to the Uinta Basin fossils and geology. $15 per shirt on the registration form. Shirt orders must be received by May 9 to allow for printing.

Friday, May 30

Utah Field House Museum


Field Trips

Experience quarrying Green River fossils in Cowboy Canyon or another location. These sites produce leaves, plant stems, insects and other invertebrates. Bring food and water for the afternoon as well as shale splitting tools and boxes for your specimens. Pick up site maps and descriptions at the Utah Field House Museum (museum opens at 9:00 am). Any fossil material determined to be significant will be retained for the museum collections. Please indicate on your registration if you are planning to attend.

6:00 pm – Meeting Begins
Convention registration, opening social with light refreshments, museum access with tours of the collection and prep lab facility.


Saturday, May 31

Utah State University
Uintah Basin Regional Campus, Room 101

7:00 am – UFOP Board Meeting,
continental breakfast

8:00 am – Membership Meeting
(voting, chapter reports, etc)


9:00 am – Paper & Poster Presentations
Presentations are to be 15 minutes in length SVP style. Subjects can be scientific, UFOP projects or activities. Indicate title of your presentation on the registration form. A laptop PC and projector is provided. Bring presentations on usb drive or CD/DVD ROM.

12:00 pm – Lunch Break
On your own.

1:00 pm – Paper & Poster Presentations

3:00 pm – Dr. Benjamin Berger

The saber-toothed giants of the Eocene: The Uintatheres

4:30 pm – Field Trip to
Dinosaur National Monument

6:30 pm – Banquet at Dinosaur Quarry Building

7:30 pm – Dr. Kenneth Carpenter

History, Sedimentology, and Taphonomy of the Carnegie Quarry, Dinosaur National Monument, Utah

Sunday, June 1

Utah Field House Museum

8:00 am Field Trips - Multiple field trip routes are being setup to fit attendees time schedules and interests. Trips will include sites in the Green River and Uinta formations, Oil Shale, Gilsonite, and historic Uintah Railroad locations. Details will be announced before the meeting dates.


Due to occupation limits in the Quarry Exhibit Hall, that houses the Carnegie Quarry in Dinosaur National Monument. The banquet will be limited to the first 60 people registered. The meal will be a Dutch Oven style buffet. Menu is still to be determined. The banquet has been funded by the Uintah County Office of Travel and Tourism.