72nd Annual Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Show



2016 MMS Greater Detroit Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show Speaker Schedule




10:00 AM            Paleo Joe’s Dinosaur Fossil Show  [Student Demos]  Paleo Joe, Fossil

11:30 AM            Paleo Joe’s Dinosaur Fossil Show  [Student Demos]  Paleo Joe, Fossil

12:00 PM            Demonstration of Flintknapping  [Art of Ishi Booth, Aisle B]  Mike Cook

1:00 PM             Geology in the National Parks: A Celebration of 100 Years of The National Park Service
                           Mark Camp, Associate Professor of Geology, University of Toledo

2:30 PM            Discovering Geodes Alan Goldstein Interpretive Naturalist and Geologist

Falls of the Ohio State Park Kentucky

4:00 PM            Dinosaur CSI   Paleo Joe Kchodl

Avocational Paleontologist and Author, Midland, MI



11:00 A.M.             Fossils of the Lost Lake

Paleo Joe Kchodl, Avocational Paleontologist and Author

1:00 P.M.             Why Was Southern Illinois One of the Most Prolific Producers of  Fine Mineral Specimens in the World?

Alan Goldstein, Interpretive Naturalist and Geologist, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Kentucky

2:30 P.M.             How YOU Can Become a Paleontologist Citizen Scientist
                            E. Ray Garton, Curator, West Virginia Geological Survey Natural History  Museum and Prehistoric Planet

4:00 P.M.             Earliest Life on Earth: Ediacarian Fossils
                            Donald Baumgartner, The Fossil Hut, Palatine, Illinois




11:30 P.M.             Demonstration of Flintknapping [Art of Ishi Booth, Aisle B] Mike Cook

12:30 PM              Nature’s Mineral Masterpieces from Michigan’s Keweenaw  Peninsula

Ted Bornhorst, Executive Director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

2:00 PM                A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum Silent Auction [Near MMS Info Booth]

Ted Bornhorst, Executive Director, A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum

3:00 PM            New Tyrannosaurs of Laramidia

John Zawiskie, Curator of Life & Earth Sciences, Cranbrook Institute of Science



Mr. Alan Goldstein

Department of Natural Resources- Indiana

Mr. Goldstein is currently an Interpretative Naturalist at the Falls of the Ohio State Park (world-famous paleontological site) located in Indiana.

Lecture Topic:

“Why was southern Illinois one of the most prolific producers of fine mineral specimens in the world”?

This area of the world produced millions of specimens of fluorite, barite, galena, and sphalerite. More rare, have been the finds of alstonite, benstonite, & witherite. His presentation will explain why this occurred and will highlight some of the most productive mines.

Dr. Mark Camp

Department of Environmental Sciences; University of Toledo

 Dr. Camp is an Associate Professor at The University of Toledo teaching a myriad of courses related to geology and environmental sciences.

One such class is the Natural History of National Parks.

Lecture Topic:

“A Celebration of 100 Years of National Parks: The Geology in our National Parks”

“The National Park Service turned 100 on August 25, 2016. The centennial kicked off a second century of stewardship of America’s national parks-engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs”. (NPS) Dr. Camp will discuss the geology of many of our national parks.

E. Ray Garton

Curator of the West Virginia Geological Survey Natural History Museum

Mr. Garton is a graduate of West Virginia University with majors in Geology and Paleontology.

Aside from being a senior paleontologist and geologist, he is devoted to the creation of hands-on activities for teachers and children via corporate sponsorships and business enterprises.

Lecture Topic:

“ Paleontology: It’s not what you find. It’s what you find out”.

Joseph “Paleo Joe” Kchodl

Michigan paleontologist, author, and storyteller

 PaleoJoe earned his teaching degree in Education from Niagara University in 1979. Joe has earned many awards for his work with fossils and bringing said fossils to life with traveling exhibits and authoring children’s books about fossils. Due to his many talents and experiences, Joe will be speaking several times throughout the weekend.

Lecture Topic:

“Dinosaur CSI”

Take a trip back in time to learn about the life and death during the prehistoric. Learn techniques used in the investigation of how these creatures lived and died.

Lecture Topic:

“Fossils of the Lost Lakes”

Learn about the fish life of 50 million years ago at Kemmerer, Wyoming. This site was teaming with fish.  What happened to this ecosystem that led to the demise of this area? PaleoJoe will discuss what happened to the fish, the lake, and the ecosystem which has produced some of the best preserved fossils on earth. The site is open to the public and anyone of us can visit, collect, and bring home all the fossils we find.

Lecture Topic:

“Sauropods- Titans of Utah”

Learn about the Jurassic Period in Utah when dinosaurs ruled the earth. The longneck bones tell us so much about the way they lived, what they ate, and how they moved. PaleoJoe will discuss his diggings, finds, and the new technology we use to determine age and growth of these creatures.

Lecture Topic:

“Trilobites: Arthropods of the Ancient Seas”

The who, what, where, and why of these popular creatures were once so plentiful that the Cambrian Period as called the age of Trilobites. Storytelling and drama are used to explain how these plentiful creatures of the Cambrian Period lived, thrived, and died-all millions of years before the age of dinosaurs.

Lecture Topic:

“Dinosaur Day with PaleoJoe”

This is the adult version in which PaleoJoe describes different stages of the development of the earth, how fossils are formed, and the stories bones can tell us. The

T-Rex and Velociraptor come to life with specimens and casts that illustrate his talk. A discussion of herbivores and carnivores will help describe what the dinosaurs were like.


Dr. John Zawiskie

Curator of Life and Earth Sciences  at the  Cranbrook Institute of Science

Dr. Zawiskie is a paleontologist and geologist who specializes in the extinction of North American mega-fauna. He is also a professor at Wayne State University, author, and researcher. He directs the life and earth science exhibits at Cranbrook which is currently featuring a new exhibit MEGALODON.


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