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National Fossil Day 2021

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on October 13 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM for a free event to celebrate National Fossil Day and the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations!

UA professor emeritus receives Alabama Avocational Paleontologist Award

Dr. Ron Buta, professor emeritus of Astronomy, has been a major force in avocational or amateur paleontology since he rediscovered his interest in paleontology in mid-1990s. For his substantial contributions uncovering the prehistory of Alabama, he has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the prestigious Alabama Avocational Paleontologist Award.

Generous donation to the paleontology collection

On Friday, October 8th, a fossil turtle, a fish, and various crustaceans were donated to the Alabama Museum of Natural History collection by UA Museums’ Research Associate, Mr. George Martin. George found all specimens himself in Alabama and prepared them by removing the surrounding rock and stabilizing the fossils using a specialized resin as needed.

Animals hidden in a 100-million-year-old giant clam

The sea floor was a dangerous place for particularly smaller animals. Over the last century, a wealth of information about traces in ancient prey items has been recorded, showing successful and unsuccessful predation. One of the best ways to largely avoid predators and other disturbances is to find a shelter.

National Fossil Day 2021

Visit the Alabama Museum of Natural History on October 13 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM for a free event to celebrate National Fossil Day and the scientific and educational value of paleontology and the importance of preserving fossils for future generations!

Alabama’s Watery Past Is a Warning

Alabama’s Harrell Station, roughly 45 miles west of Montgomery and 150 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico, seems like the last place someone would go to explore the ocean. But crumbling out of the dusty ground, which has been wrinkled into gullies of white chalk, are the remnants of an ancient sea.

Alabama’s Return to the Sea

Alabama’s Harrell Station, roughly 75 kilometers west of Montgomery and 250 kilometers inland from the Gulf of Mexico, seems like the last place someone would go to explore the ocean. But crumbling out of the dusty ground, which has been wrinkled into gullies of white chalk, are the remnants of an ancient sea.

IMLS Grant Awarded to Paleontology Collection

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded a $39,944 grant to the paleontology collections of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. The goal of this project is the rehousing, digitizing, and imaging of the historic invertebrate paleontology and type collections over the next two years starting in September.

Crawly Caterpillars (FOX 6 News Interview)

Dr. John Abbott (Chief Curator & Director, Department of Museum Research & Collections) joined WBRC to discuss venomous caterpillars, how to identify them, and what you need to do if you do encounter one of these insects! Visit FOX 6 News’ website to watch the interview!