Utah Friends of Paleontology supports The Utahraptor Project,
a project to scientifically prepare a treasure trove
of Utahraptor fossils contained in a huge block of petrified quicksand. Learn more about the Utahraptor Project here, and please help raise funds for the project at:


2018 NHMU Lecture Series
The Genius of Nature: Bioinspired Design

In association with the next NHMU Special Exhibit:
Nature’s Ultimate Machines, opening February 10th.

March 13 & 14 – The Future of Robotics is Swarms: Why a Thousand Robots are Better Than One with James McLurkin

March 29 – Blueprints for Biology with Steven Naleway

April 9 – Keynote Lecture with MIT Media Lab’s Neri Oxman

March 8
Great Basin Chapter Meeting

UFOP, Great Basin Chapter Meeting. Jim Kirkland will speak on feathered dinosaurs.

Thursday,  March 8, 7:00 pm at Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. Free and open to the public.

April 13 - 15
Utah Friends of Paleontology Annual Meeting

This year’s UFOP annual meeting will be hosted by the Great Basin Chapter, but will be held in Green River, Utah. Visit our Events / Annual Meetings page for details.

April 24 - 28
11th Annual Meeting of the Association for
Material and Methods in Paleontology

This meeting features pre-meeting workshops and field trips on Tuesday April 24.  The main meeting begins on Wednesday April 25th with two focused symposia on Health and Safety and on Conservation of In Situ Sites followed in the evening with the opening reception and poster session.  A full day of workshops/mini-courses/demonstrations, collections tours on Thursday the 26th, followed by a day of platform presentations on Friday the 27th with the closing banquet in the evening. A feature field trip to the very special Ashfall Fossil Beds on Saturday the 28th will be our last event. As always, there will be lots of networking opportunities for participants, as well as time to relax and have fun. At the University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, Nebraska. Details: https://paleomethods.org/


May 11
Great Basin Chapter Meeting

UFOP, Great Basin Chapter Meeting. Speaker TBA

Thursday,  May 11, 7:00 pm at Department of Natural Resources Auditorium, 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City. Free and open to the public.

May 20-23 2018
Salt Lake City, Utah

The Utah Geological Association is proud to host the AAPG 2018 Annual Convention & Exhibition (ACE) at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Perhaps the most geologically interesting state in America, Utah will be the perfect host for this year’s ACE. Salt Lake City’s proximity to a number of pre and post show field trips will be a significant draw of geoscientists from around the world. With easy access to some of the most extraordinary rocks in the world, Salt Lake City is the ideal location to combine fundamental geology with emerging innovation and technologies.

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October 17 – 20, 2018
SVP 78th Annual Meeting

Each year, vertebrate paleontologists, preparators, writers, artists and enthusiasts convene to share the latest research, attend workshops and field trips, and meet new fossil fans as well as old friends. It’s the world’s foremost forum on vertebrate paleontology: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology. It’s usually referred to simply as “SVP”.

The 78th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico October 17-20, 2018.

Annual meeting information page.

If you have an upcoming event that you would like to post to this page, please email us at info@utahpaleo.org