Paleonet: lower Carboniferous rugose corals

David Kopaska-Merkel davidkm at
Wed Aug 8 13:20:13 GMT 2007

The Mississippian system of the Southeastern United States and nearby areas appears to be rich in unnamed rugose coral taxa.  As far as I know there is currently no taxonomist working on these critters.  If I am wrong, please give me the name and contact information that you have.  I also would like to recommend Mississippian rugosa as a good field of study for any systematist or paleontologist willing to do systematics to get at something else.  A colleague, doing geologic field mapping in northeastern Alabama, has discovered multiple sites with abundant and previously unremarked rugosans of an apparently unnamed species.  I know from personal experience that this is far from a unique case.  So if anyone would like to look at these things we can provide specimens from localities with a current geologic map and precise and accurate location data.  Previous work on the rugosans of Alabama is limited, but stratigraphy and structural geology and some other aspects of paleontology are well understood.  Let me know if you are interested or know someone who might be.
Thank you,

David C. Kopaska-Merkel
Geological Survey of Alabama
P.O. Box 869999
Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999
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Subject: Paleonet: temproray curator position

Dear All,

this is an informal announcement of an upcoming position at the University of Bonn, Germany. Within the next few weeks we hope to advertise a temporary curatorship at the Institute of Paleontology, University of Bonn. The position will run for three years and currently is non-tenure track. We are looking for an individual interested in running our small Goldfuß-Museum (300 square meters exhibit space) and curating our extensive collection of primarily invertebrate fossils.  The curator also has a teaching load of 5 hours per week during the semester and is expected to help the chairman with the administration of the institute. Requirements are a Ph.D. in paleontology or a related discipline.Further details will be contained in the formal ad.

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University of Bonn
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