Paleonet: mysterious lower Carboniferous fossil from Alabama

David Kopaska-Merkel davidkm at
Tue Nov 2 14:55:23 GMT 2010

I have posted this photograph on a personal blog primarily devoted to
things other than paleontology. But it's a serious paleontology
question. What are these things?


David C Kopaska-Merkel

Geological Survey of Alabama

Box 869999

Tuscaloosa AL 35486-6999


fax 205-349-2861

Got questions? sednet might have answers:


From: paleonet-bounces at [mailto:paleonet-bounces at] On
Behalf Of Roger Thomas
Sent: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 11:21 PM
To: PaleoNet
Subject: Paleonet: Endangered species: Nautilus and other of interest
topaleontologists (GSA meeting)


Dear Colleagues:


     Are you going to the Geological Society of America's annual meeting
in Denver?  Are you interested in endangered species, particularly the
paleontologist's favorite living cephalopod?  If so, please see the
announcement below that has been brought to my attention.

     For the first time ever, two officials from US Fish and Wildlife,
both experienced in work with CITES and listing endangered species, are
being sent to GSA to attend the Friends of the Cephalopods meeting.
Their purpose is to discuss the possibility of listing Nautilus as an
endangered species at the next CITES meeting.  Peg Yacobucci will be
chairing the meeting.  This is a chance for paleontologists of all
stripes to see and understand how endangered species become listed.
Without doubt Nautilus and Allonautilus (accepted at the last major
international cephalopod meeting) both really need the help.   Other
groups of special interest to paleontologists might need help down the
road (brachiopods, the tuatara, for example), so this first engagement
with US officials at a GSA meeting could serve as a template.

     Kind regards,    Roger


Roger D. K. Thomas

John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences 

Secretary-General, International Palaeontological Association


Department of Earth and Environment

Franklin & Marshall College

P.O. Box 3003


Pennsylvania 17604-3003


Office telephone:               717-291-4135

Office fax:                                             717-291-4186

Home telephone:              717-560-0486


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