Our first “Celebrate Stonerose at the Burke: Funding Fabulous Fossils!” was a success! As soon as our staff is able to recuperate and coordinate we’ll post a link here with pictures and details.
Meanwhile, we are open Wednesday-Sunday from now until Sunday, May 29th. From Memorial Day Monday through Sept 4, we will be open daily.
STONEROSE INTERPRETIVE CENTER & EOCENE FOSSIL SITE
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Join Us For Our Membership Only Dig!
April 29, 30 and May 1 members will be getting “first crack” at our Boot Hill site in Republic! This annual event is one of the benefits of membership, and marks the beginning of the fossil hunting season. The hill will open to the general public on May 4.
Our three “resident” scientists, Dr. Kathleen Pigg, Dr. Melanie DeVore, and Dr. Bruce Archibald will be in attendance, each studying the last years finds that were held for further investigation. Each plans to regale members with fascinating talks regarding Stonerose and their current work on our fossils. Watch for a final schedule in the next few weeks.
Saturday evening, voting members will take care of any business at a short annual meeting. A BBQ Dinner with all the fixins’ will be provided by board member Dr. John Glenewinkel with local beverages. A donation of $15 for dinner is requested. Please email us and let us know how many dinners you will require!
The ever popular Guided Digs by 3G will be held all day Saturday, and Sunday as requested. The cost is $40 for a dig that lasts three hours and includes a snack. Sign up for the 8-11am or the 12-3pm sessions on Saturday. Sundays dig will be from 8-11am.
If you aren’t a member, JOIN NOW and attend this special season opener!
FOSSIL HUNT AT OUR EOCENE FOSSIL SITE
The public is welcome to visit Stonerose and search for fossils in our Eocene fossil beds. At the time of your visit, the Stonerose staff will explain our rules for digging and how to find fossils. After showing all your finds to the staff for identification, you may keep three fossils per day.
IDENTIFY YOUR FINDS WITH THE STONEROSE GUIDE BOOK! AVAILABLE NOW!
New Genus, New Species from Republic
Order Hymenoptera Linnaeus, 1758 Infraorder Siricomorpha Rasnitsyn, 1980 Superfamily Pamphilioidea Cameron, 1890 Family Pamphiliidae Cameron, 1890 Subfamily incertae sedis Genus Ulteramus Archibald and Rasnitsyn, new genus Type species. Ulteramus republicensis Archibald and Rasnitsyn, new species Etymology. The genus name is formed from the Latin ulter, meaning on the farther side,and ramus, meaning branch, referring to the distal position of the joining of Sc1 and R distinctive within the Pamphiliidae. Gender masculine.
Ulteramus republicensis Archibald and Rasnitsyn, new species
A mostly complete and well preserved forewing, only missing portions of the apical-most and basal-most portions and the region between C and R mostly folded and damaged; housed in the BM collection; collected by Wesley Wehr in 1993.
Etymology. The specific epithet republicensis refers to the known locality of this species.
Age and locality. Ypresian; Klondike Mountain Formation exposure A0307B (BM locality code), Republic, Washington, United States of America.
A more complete fossil is needed to determine if U. republicensis extends the age of an extant subfamily back to the Ypresian, or if the history of the family becomes more complex with the establishment of a new, extinct subfamily.
Published online November 2015
STONEROSE CELEBRATES NATIONAL FOSSIL DAY, A WEEKEND OF FUN, FACINATING FOSSILS
Friday was Kid’s day, when local schools bring their students for kid-centric activities. Dr. Bruce Archibald discusses insects with Curlew students. Republic and Curlew students also painted their interpretations of life during the Cenozoic Era.
Speaking of bugs, Sunday’s Guided Dig Event was a big hit. Gregg Wilson led two separate expeditions to the “Corner Lot”, a site reserved for more expert diggers. Lots of insect fossils were recovered. All participants reported having a great time!
Friday evening scientists Dr. Melanie DeVore and Dr. Kathleen Pigg presented an interesting evening discussion “Paleobotany in the Okanogan Highlands and why Republic, especially Stonerose, really matters”.
Saturday evening, Dr. Bruce Archibald presented “Ants, Bees and Wasps; How They Changed the World”. Both presentations were free of charge and open to the public.
Our Famous Fossil
Lisa Barksdale, former Stonerose Curator, and Wes Wehr, former paleobotanist for the Burke Museum, found this amazing lobed Florissantia quilchenensis. This specimen was pictured in the National Geographic magazine in July 2002 in an article titled “The Big Bloom,” because of … Read more