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The Manasota Fossil Club was formed in 1997 to bring together those people in the Manatee and Sarasota County, Florida area who are interested in paleontology, local fossils and artifacts. We meet from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on the second Wednesday of most months, at the Las Palmas club house at 519 Albee Farm Road in Venice. Please see the newsletter for parking restrictions and meeting dates. No meetings are held in the summer, or as announced in the newsletter. Visitors and new members are always welcome to attend.

Meetings usually feature a guest or member speaker and slide shows and/or fossil displays. Raffles of donated fossil related material are often held. We are a fairly informal group and leave time at each meeting to mingle, compare finds and try to identify those "mystery" fossils.

Group field trips are available to members from time to time, as we are able to secure invitations from phosphate mines and shell pits in the area. Screening for fossils in the Peace River is another favored activity. We donate identifiable fossils to both the Crowley Nature Preserve and local public school programs. Crowley has a huge, very popular, "sand box" salted with our donated fossils. We man the fossil site during their annual Heritage Festival, provide and identify the fossils found. A small display of local Celery Field fossils is set up as a library exhibit at the Fruitville Library in Sarasota. Members also donate time to speak to local schools and clubs.

For additional information:

Write to: Manasota Fossil Club, P.O. Box 2171, Venice, Fl. 34284-2171



Access our newsletter at: mfcnewsletter.htm

Notices and Reminders:

Meetings are held at the Las Palmas clubhouse, 519 Albee Farm Road, Venice, from 7 to 9 PM. on the 2nd Wednesday of the month except during the summer. Use the link to our newsletter for more information. The newsletter is updated about one week before each meeting.

The 2015 Venice Shark Tooth Festival runs from April 10 through 12. Check their web site for details: http://www.sharkstoothfest.com/


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ADULT $10.00 ; FAMILY $15.00

Send dues to:

Manasota Fossil Club

P.O. Box 2171

Venice, Fl. 34284-2171

Links to fossil clubs in the area and fossil related sites

Florida Museum of Natural History:http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/vertpaleo/

Fossil Club of Lee County:http://www.fcolc.com/

Southwest Florida Fossil Club:http://www.southwestfloridafossilclub.com/

Tampa Bay Fossil Club: http://www.tampabayfossilclub.com/

U.S. Clubs and Sites: http://www.texaspaleo.com/usmaps/paleosites.html

Peace River fossils: http://www.paleocurrents.com/img/FLORIDA_PEACE_RIVER/HTML/index.htm

and http://www.paleocurrents.com/docs/peace_river_fl.html

The Lee Creek site is full of interesting fossil shark tooth information: http://www.elasmo.com/

Interact at My Fossil Find http://myfossilfind.com

Site last updated: September 30, 2014