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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.


Please complete this survey after the conference, thank you.

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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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Friday, June 6 - TBA
8:00-8:10 Taters   Welcome Comments in the
8:10-8:35 Subhronil Mondal University of South Florida “Predatory Drilling Snails”
8:35-9:00 Josh Slattery University of South Florida "The Ecological Role of Ammonites in the Food Web of the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Seaway"
9:00-9:25 Wayne Itano WIPS “How did Edestus feed? New evidence from tooth wear”
9:25-9:50 Jason Anderson University of Calgary “Carnivory in Early Tetrapods: A Brief History”
9:50-10:10 Coffee Break    
10:10-10:35 Dave Lovelace University of Wisconsin “A story in stone: tracks of an Early Triassic predator from the Chugwater Group of Wyoming”
10:35-11:00 Brent Breithaupt BLM “Tracking the Traces of the Thrilling Theropods”
11:00-11:25 Bill Matteson Sheridan College

“The discovery and reconstruction of an Allosaurus fragilis named ‘Caesar’ from Northern Wyoming”

11:25-11:50 Peter Larson BHIGR

“The Validity Of Nanotyrannus Lancensis (Theropoda, Lancian – Upper Maastrichtian Of North America)”

11:50-1:20 Lunch at the Tate    
1:20-1:45 Ben Shoup Arcadis Patriofelis ferox: Killer Otter-like Beast of the Eocene, or Evolutionary Dud of the Jungle?”
1:45-2:10 Lorin King Western Nebraska Community College

“The Evolution Basilosaurus Ceotoides (Mammalia: Cetacea): Largest Mammalian Predator Of Eocene”

2:10-2:35 Torrey Nyborg Loma Linda University “Abundant and Diverse animal tracks indicate a moister and cooler environment in the Death Valley area during the Neogene”
2:35-2:55 Coffee Break    
2:55-3:20 Dale Hanson Museum of the Rockies “Lions and Tigers and Nimravids …Oh, My! The Fossil Felids and Nimravids of North America”
3:20-3:45 Ed Welsh SDSMT & Badlands National Park

“The Nine-lives and Times of Nimravids”

3:45-4:10 Justin Wilkins Hot Springs Mammoth Site “Pleistocene Predators of the Northern Great Plains”
4:10-4:35 Sue Ware Denver Museum of Nature and Science

“Dang!! That Can’t Be Right: Pathological Lumbosacral Transitional Vertebrae In The Fossil Dire Wolf (Canis Dirus) & The Fossil Sabertooth Cat (Smilodon Fatalis) (Carnivora) From Rancho La Brea, California, U.S.A.”

4:35-5:00 Ryan Haupt University of Wyoming

"The Big Cats of La Brea: How Pumas May Have Survived the Late Pleistocene Extinction in North America"

6:00     Cash Bar opens in the Theatre Room at the Best Western Ramkota
6:30     Dinner served in the Theatre Room at the Best Western Ramkota
7:30-??? Chris Brochu University of Iowa

Keynote talk (Theatre Room):

“The Myth of the Living Fossil: Phylogenetic Approaches to Crocodyliform History”

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 the landowner 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, and a combination of archaic (Archaeotherium, oreodonts, creodonts, etc.) to early modern beasts (dog, rabbit, small deer, camel).

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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

Click on other gray tabs above for details

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

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.

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

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.

  More details on talks are listed under the 'Schedule' tab, but here is the list of speakers
  Jason Anderson ,University of Calgary
  Ed Welsh, SDSM and Badlands National Park
  Justin Wilkins, Hot Springs Mammoth Site
  Peter Larson, BHIGR
  Ben Shoup, Arcadis
  Dave Lovelace, University of Wisconsin
  Bill Matteson,Sheridan College
  Dale Hanson, Museum of the Rockies
  Brent Breithaupt, BLM
  Torrey Nyborg, Loma Linda University
  Josh Slattery, University of South Florida
  Ryan Haupt, University of Wyoming
  Lorin King, Western Nebraska Community College
  Wayne Itano, WIPS
  Subhronil Mondal,  University of South Florida
  Sue Ware, Denver Museum of Nature and Science  
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

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

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


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

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



Donations from these sponsors contribute greatly to the success of the Tate Conference by helping to pay for speakers' expenses, lunch and snacks.

Al Fraser & Laurie Fletcher

Joe Scott

Gerry Forney and Irene Ludwig

Ray Allemand

Wyoming Geological Association


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