Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's annual meeting, and congratulations to Gastonia Chapter on hosting a tremendous event!

2016 Annual Meeting
Utah Friends of Paleontology
April 1 – 3   Moab, Utah

Utah Friends of Paleontology Gastonia Chapter and the Museum of Moab are proud to host the 2016 Annual Meeting of Utah Friends of Paleontology.
The meeting will feature paleontology talks, a poster session, a banquet with a keynote speaker, and field trips.

Abstracts are due February 12, 2016. Please send abstracts to ReBecca Hunt-Foster: rebecca.k.hunt@gmail.com

Watch this site for online event registration and follow UFOP via Facebook or Twitter @utahpaleo #UFOP2016MOAB for event announcements.

Keynote Speaker – Jill E. Scott

Homo naledi and the (Dinaledi) Chamber of Secrets:
A New Addition to the Human Family Tree

Utah Friends of Paleontology and the Museum of Moab are proud to announce this year's UFOP Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker - Jill Scott of the University of Iowa. Jill will be presenting Homo naledi and the (Dinaledi) Chamber of Secrets: A New Addition to the Human Family Tree.

Homo naledi is a newly announced extinct hominin species discovered within the Dinaledi Chamber of the Rising Star cave system in South Africa. To date, more than 1700 specimens have been recovered, making this the largest assemblage of a single hominin species yet discovered in Africa.

Following the excavation of material in November 2013, a workshop was held at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa in May 2014, gathering dozens of early career scientists (including Jill Scott) from 12 countries to analyze and describe the newly excavated material which was published in the open access journal eLife in September 2015.

Jill E. Scott is a PhD candidate at the University of Iowa who studies skull and facial evolution in Homo, and was a collaborator on the H. naledi project. Learn more about her work on the project in this article on Antropology News.

Jill Scott during the Rising Star Workshop pictured with the Taung Child fossil.
Jill Scott on Twitter @Jill_E_Scott .

UFOP 2016 Annual Meeting General Schedule

Friday April 1, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Registration & Welcome Social

Museum of Moab,
118 East Center Street

Saturday April 2, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

UFOP Board Meeting

Grand Center, 182 N 500 W, Moab

Saturday April 2, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Paleontology Talks & Posters

Grand Center, 182 N 500 W, Moab

Saturday April 2, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Banquet with Keynote Talk

Branding Iron Restaurant,
2971 US Highway 191, Moab

Sunday April 3, 9:00 AM

Guided Tour of Moab Giants

Moab Giants PaleoSafari,
Hwy 191 North at UT-313 (north of Moab)

Sunday April 3, 10:00 AM

Field Trips to Chinle Formation or Cedar Mountain Formation Sites

Rendezvous at Moab Giants PaleoSafari, see above

Speakers for the Paleontology Talks
(as of Jan. 29)

Rob Gay (Museum of Western Colorado)

Josh Smith (Dominguez Anthropological Research Group)

Martin Lockley (University of Colorado Denver)

Jim Kirkland (Utah Geological Survey)

Don DeBlieux (Utah Geological Survey)

Ken Carpenter (Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum)

Ben Burger (Utah State University Uintah Basin Regional Campus)

Liz Freedman Fowler (St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm)

Greg McDonald (BLM Utah)

Josh Bonde (University of Nevada Las Vegas)

Aubry Bonde (University of Nevada Las Vegas)

John Foster (Museum of Moab)

Guillermo Rey (Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel - Dinópolis)

 

Recommended Hotels

Moab is a very popular destination and we highly recommend that you reserve accommodations early. Two Moab hotels have offered reduced rates for our April 1-3 annual meeting in Moab.

Both of these options are priced approximately $40 below standard spring weekend rates.

Comfort Suites

400 N. Main, 435-259-5455
$139 per night

Roadway Landmark Inn

168 N Main, 435-259-6147 $140 per night

Field Trips

Field trips will feature the fossiliferous Chinle Formation (upper Triassic) and Cedar Mountain Formation (lower Cretaceous). Both trips will start from the Moab Giants museum north of Moab at 10:00 am Sunday and go to the Mill Canyon Tracksite in the Cedar Mountain Formation. After that stop, each trip will caravan different directions. Both trips should return to Moab Giants by 5:00 pm.

The Chinle Formation trip will be led by John Foster, Rob Gay, and Andrew Milner. Meets at Moab Giants (see above) and leaves at 10:00 am. We will start out visiting the Mill Canyon Tracksite and then will head into the Chinle Formation to visit two canyons that expose the Chinle Formation and that contain tracks, petrified wood, and the bones and teeth of archosaurs from the Late Triassic. We will prospect for bones and teeth (mostly of phytosaurs) in both canyons. If the roads are passable we will do a loop through a scenic canyon requiring decent clearance but not necessarily 4x4 (street SUVs are probably fine, sedans not so much). Bring sturdy hiking boots because the Chinle Formation in the area is steep and covered in blocks of sandstone.

The Cedar Mountain Formation trip will be led by Jim Kirkland. Meets at Moab Giants, leaves at 10:00 am. We will start out visiting the Mill Canyon Tracksite with the Chinle trip group and then will head out to several sites in the Cedar Mountain Formation west and north of Arches National Park. These sites have yielded dinosaurs such as Gastonia and Utahraptor along with a host of other new creatures.

2015 Meeting Legacy Information

Thanks to everyone who attended and participated in the 2015 UFOP Annual Meeting. The legacy page has information about that meeting. You can also find links to photos from annual meetings on the Galleries page on this website.

Click here for 2015 Annual Meeting information.

2014 Meeting Legacy Information

This legacy page has information about the 2014 UFOP Annual Meeting. You can also find links to photos from annual meetings on the Galleries page on this website.

Click here for 2014 Annual Meeting information.