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Registration is now open!

The costs are as follows:

Day of Talks ... June 6th...includes lunch and Icebreaker Friday evening ... $110

Two-day Field Trip... June 7-8...includes sack lunch & dinner Saturday, Lunch Sunday, and double-occupancy motel Saturday night... $130

There are discounts available to students ($25 discount) and speakers ($55 discount)

Priority for Field Trip registrations is for folks who are registered for the Conference on Friday.



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Download the Registration Form and Medical Disclaimer and send them to us (via snailmail)

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The registration deadline is Friday, May 23rd, 2014.

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Saturday, June 7

Field Trip to Lance Formation, eastern Wyoming. Transportation will be in Casper College vehicles.

We will leave from the Tate Museum at 7:00 AM. We will be collecting in the Lance Formation at an extensive microsite. We will spend the night at the Covered Wagon Hotel in Lusk. Cost of the field trip includes the hotel and dinner in Lusk. For those familiar with Lusk, The Pizza Place burned last fall, and should be opening again, but not before our conference, so we are doing a BBQ at the hotel.

The Lance formation is latest Cretaceous in age. It is known for its dinosaur fossils, which include such iconoclastic critters as Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops (the Wyoming state dinosaur), duck-billed dinosaurs, Ankylosaurus, Pachycephalosaurs, dromeosaurs and other less well known beasties. Bone beds are common in the Lance Formation and typically include all sorts of bones from all sorts of critters. In addition to the dinosaurs, there are also fish bones (including gar scales), crocodile and turtle bones, and more. The site we will be spending the day on is a newly discovered site that is extensive enough for a group the size of ours. Personal collecting, or for your museum is allowed, but instead of paying the landowner a collection fee, he will be joining us and keeping some of the fossils we find. As usual, donations to the Tate are welcome. Most likely he will want to hold on to rex teeth, claws, and bigger bones. We are excited to be taking the Tate Conference field trip to a Lance Formation bonebed, as you never know what we will find.

It will be a long day, but worth it.

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Sunday, June 8

From Lusk we will head back towards Casper and spend the day collecting in the White River Formation east of Douglas, WY. Personal and museum collecting is allowed, but as usual, donations to the Tate Museum are welcome. Lunch will be on site and will feature Old Dead Things' Cream Can Delight. We had this for lunch on the first field trip last year and it was a big hit. Return to Casper in the evening.


The White River Formation is late Eocene and early Oligocene and known for its abundance of mammal and turtle fossils. Bones are common in this area. Skulls are also found and even complete skeletons can be found. Animals represented include the whole size spectrum from puny amphibaenids, to rodents and rabbits, to oreodonts to rhinoceroses.

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20th Annual Tate Summer Conference
Prehistoric Predators
June 6-8, 2014
Tate Geological Conference
Casper College : Casper, Wyoming

Friday June 6... A day of talks at the Casper College Nichols Auditorium followed by the Icebreaker Dinner and Keynote
Talk by Chris Brochu of the University of Iowa at the Best Western Ramkota.

Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8... Field trip to the Lance Formation and the White River Formation

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For those interested in local live music the WyoCaravana tour will be in Casper the night of the 6th. Here is the link.


20th Annual Tate Summer Conference
Prehistoric Predators
June 6-8, 2014
Tate Geological Conference
Casper College : Casper, Wyoming
Speaker

Chris Brochu, University of Iowa
Keynote Speaker
Dr. Brochu's specialty is fossil crocodilians. He also wrote the T rex monograph based on the famous Sue skeleton.

Interests:
Archosaur phylogeny, systematics, and historical biogeography, combining morphology and molecules for phylogeny reconstruction, divergence time estimation and evolutionary patterns, phylogenetic nomenclature, computed tomography in paleontology

Publications:
Brochu, C.A. in press. Phylogenetic relationships of Necrosuchus ionensis Simpson 1937 and the early history of caimanines. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.

Brochu, C.A., J.K. Njau, R.J. Blumenschine, and L.D. Densmore. 2010. A new horned crocodile from the Plio-Pleistocene hominid sites at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PloS One 5:e933, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009333.

Brochu, C.A., and C.D. Sumrall. 2008. Phylogenetics and the integration of paleontology within the life sciences. . Pp. 185-204 in Kelley, P. H. and Bambach, R. K. (Eds), From Evolution to Geobiology: Paleontology at the Start of a New Century. Paleontological Society Papers Volume 14.

   
  Jason Anderson ,University of Calgary, Paleozoic amphibians?
  Ed Welsh, SDSM and Badlands National Park, nimravids?
  Justin Wilkins, Hot Springs Mammoth Site, ??
  Peter Larson, BHIGR,  T rex?
  Ben Shoup, Arcadis, ??
  Dave Lovelace, University of Wisconsin, fierce tracks
  Bill Matteson,Sheridan College,??
  Dale Hanson, retired, ??
  Brent Breithaupt, BLM, ??
  Torrey Nyborg, Loma Linda University, ??
  Georgia Knauss, SWCA, turtles
  Josh Slattery, University of South Florida, ammonites as predators
  Ryan Haupt, University of Wyoming, 
"The Big Cats of La Brea: How Pumas May Have Survived the Late Pleistocene Extinction in North America"
  Lorin King, Western Nebraska Community College,   ??
  Wayne Itano, WIPS, Edestu
  Subhronil Mondal,  University of South Florida,   Predatory snails
  Sue Ware,   WIPS, Cats or somesuch
20th Annual Tate Summer Conference
Prehistoric Predators
June 6-8, 2014
Tate Geological Conference
Casper College : Casper, Wyoming

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Ramada Plaza Riverside
$83/night

Room block held until May 15, 2014
Call hotel for reservations - mention you are attending the Tate Conference. The number is 307-235-2531

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Best Western Ramkota
$XX/night

Room block held until May 15, 2014
Call hotel for reservations - mention you are attending the Tate Conference. The number is 307-266-6000

Website

20th Annual Tate Summer Conference
Prehistoric Predators
June 6-8, 2014
Tate Geological Conference
Casper College : Casper, Wyoming

Donations from these sponsors contribute greatly to the success of the Tate Conference by helping to pay for speakers' expenses, lunch and snacks.
20th Annual Tate Summer Conference
Prehistoric Predators
June 6-8, 2014
Tate Geological Conference
Casper College : Casper, Wyoming
For questions or info contact

JP Cavigelli
Tate Geological Museum
125 College Drive
Casper College
Casper, WY 82601

307-268-3008

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Sponsors for the 2014 Tate Conference include:

Gerald Forney & Irene Ludwig

Ray Allemand

The Wyoming Geological Association

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