Meetings and Lectures

Unless otherwise noted, Society meetings begin at 2:30 PM on the first Sunday of each month. Visitors are welcome. In August, there is no meeting.

The Society meets at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Complimentary parking available to Society members in the NHMLA Car Park to the north-west of the museum building. Members must show the parking attendant their Society parking pass to access the lot.

Upcoming Events

January 5, 2020-“DINOSAURS, PENGUINS, AND WHALES-THE WILDLIFE OF ANTARCTICA”– William Stout, author, paleo artist, famous for his work on Godzilla, comic books and novels, album covers for groups like the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds and the Who, and the television and film industry on such works as The Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Conan films, and the Masters of the Universe.

February 9, 2020-“AN UPDATE OF NEW DISCOVERIES FROM THE BURGESS SHALE”- Dr. Robert Gaines, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Edwin F. and Martha Hahn Professor of Geology of Pomona College. In what many believe to be the world’s most important fossil discovery in decades, Dr. Robert Gaines was a member of the team that discovered a stunning new Burgess Shale fossil site in Canada’s Kootenay National Park in 2014. His recent research at Burgess Shale sites has also offered a likely solution to the riddle of the preservation of soft-tissue fossils from the Cambrian Explosion, the flowering of complex life on Earth from some 570-500 million years ago.

March 1, 2020-“PROSPECTING FOR DINOSAURS IN THE MORRISON FORMATION OF UTAH”-Susan Russak, who prospected for dinosaurs in the Badlands of Utah with Dr. Luis Chiappe as part of his team from the NHM, which led to the discovery of the sauropod, Gnatalie, and several other sauropods and theropods. Ms. Russak also spent a decade excavating these dinosaurs that are still being found and brought back from Utah to the NHM. She is a skilled preparator of theropods from Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

April 5, 2020-“ALBERTA, LAND OF DINOSAURS AND OTHER PALEONTOLOGICAL WONDERS.” Dr. Francois Therrien, head of the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta, Canada. His presentation will explain why the province of Alberta is so rich in fossils and showcase some of the most significant dinosaur discoveries made in the last 150 years.

May 3, 2020-“THE EVOLUTION OF DINOSAURIAN FLIGHT AND THE RISE OF BIRDS” Dr. Jingmai O’Connor- A talk about the repeated evolution of flight within the Dinosauria (it has evolved at least three times) and the evolution of modern avian physiology. Dr. O’Connor has been based in China for the past 10 years, and is starting a new position as associate curator of fossil reptiles at the Field Museum in the fall. This presentation will be given virtually.

June 7, 2020- “Neogene Paleontology of the Northern Dominican Republic: The Superfamily Cypraeoidea (families Cypraeidea, Ovulide, Triviidae, and Eratoidae)– Lindsey Groves, Collection Manager of Malacology, NHM. Current projects include two databasing projects: the world-wide gastropod project, and the gastropod voucher material of the northeast Pacific for James McLean. This presentation will be given virtually.

July 12, 2020-Science Fair Winners present their research virtually. Pending confirmation: a behind the scenes virtual tour of the Natural History Museum collections and lab, led by Beau Campbell, paleontologist for NHM.


September 13, 2020-“The Wonderful World of Mollusks; a story about shells, a local collecting club, and an inside look at a modern-day molluscan research expedition.” -Shawn Wiedrick, Assistant Collections Manager, Invertebrate Paleontology, Natural History Museum.

October 4, 2020-“Fossil Collection to Scientific Specimen: How to Curate and Prepare Your Fossils” -Patrick Hsieh, Southern California Paleontological Society.

November 1, 2020- “Alberta, Land of Dinosaurs and Other Paleontological Wonders”-Francois Therrion-Curator of Dino Paleontology, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta, Canada.

December 6, 2020-Annual Holiday Party and Auction.