NTMN April Chapter Meeting – Marine fossils of North Texas and North Sulfur River with Mick Tune
Wednesday, April 6, 2022 | 7pm-845pm (630pm Fossil display, Camera Roll & Socializing)
Mick Tune, fossil enthusiast and frequent speaker for the Dallas Paleontology Society, will share his knowledge of the Cretaceous period marine megafossils such as mosasaurs and plesiosaurs from when North Texas was immersed in the Cretaceous Sea, also known as the Western Interior Seaway, This narrow, shallow sea that spanned from what is now the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Ocean created the limestone, also called Austin chalk, that forms the bedrock of eastern DFW.
Why is the North Sulphur River’s (NSR) odd and mostly man-made slot canyon the most interesting and open fossil hunting hikes in North Texas? What is its future of it and the Ladonia Fossil Park now that a dam and reservoir under construction will inundate more than half of the river?
Tune enjoys an extended Q&A period, so have your questions ready. Come at 6:30 to see and touch Tune’s 80-million-years old Late Cretaceous marine fossil finds from the Ladonia Fossil Park. Bring your fossils for Tune to try and identify.
Tune, who calls fossil hunting “hiking with a purpose,” is the author of Wildering: Anyone’s Guide to Enjoying the American Wilderness and spoke about backpacking at the January 1, 2020 NTMN meeting. Enjoy this GreenSourceDFW feature about Mick, his hiking adventures, and his fossils.