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Western Interior Paleontological Society (WIPS) Meeting
First Mondays

WIPS typically meets the first Monday of the month from September to May (except for the December holiday auction which is held on a Saturday). Join us for great lectures and connect with fellow paleo enthusiasts. Check our home page for the current month's program.

Click WIPS Calendar of Events to see all upcoming WIPS programs, field trips and other events.

The PaleoZone – WIPS Club for Young Paleontologists

A youth program for family members of the Western Interior Paleontological Society. Suitable for children elementary school age and older. If your child or grandchild is interested in joining, please contact Dennis Gertenbach or 303-709-8218. Meets monthly, every third Sunday.


November 10 – Twenty Years of Paleontological Adventure & Discovery on the Great Red Island, Madagascar

A presentation by Raymond Rogers (Macalester College) at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science Earth Sciences Colloquium, 3 p.m., VIP Room. All are welcome. Museum admission not required to attend.

November 11 – Littleton Gem and Mineral Club Silent Auction

Columbine Hills Church, 9700 Old Coal Mine Avenue, Littleton Colorado. Auction begins at noon, verbal auction at 1 p.m. Auction is completed and checkout begins at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome; complimentary refreshments.

November 11-12 – 38th Annual New Mexico Mineral Symposium

New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology Socorro, New Mexico. Read more

November 16 – The Early Evolution of Earth-Fire from Above, Fire from Below

A presentation by Simone Marchi (Southwest Research Institute) at the Colorado Scientific Society's November meeting. 7 p.m., Shepherd of the Hills Church, 11500 W. 20th Ave., Lakewood, Colorado. All are welcome. Read more

November 17-19 – Denver Area Mineral Dealers Show

Jefferson County Fairgrounds, Golden Colorado

November 29 – Everything Dinosaur Talk (Archosaurs)

Join the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge an interesting talk on archosaurs: crocodilians, birds, pterosaurs, (dinosaurs)! Dinosaur Discovery Center: 17681 W Alameda Parkway, Red Rocks Entrance #1. FREE TALK. 6p.m.-7p.m. RSVP at Tours@dinoridge.org


November 6 – The Early Origin and Evolution of Turtles

A presentation by Dr. Tyler Lyson at the monthly meeting of the Western Interior Paleontological Society. 7 p.m., Ricketson Auditorium, Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Read more

December 8-10 – Flatirons Mineral Club annual Gem and Mineral Show, "Rocks and Rails"

Boulder County Fairgrounds, Main Exhibit Building, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont, Colorado. Combined Gem and Mineral Show and Boulder Model Railroad Club Exposition. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Read more.

December 12 – Dinosaurs of the Great Red Island

The Great Red Island, commonly known as Madagascar, has been isolated for more than 88 million years, even though it's separated from the southeast coast of Africa by less than 300 miles. David Krause, senior curator of vertebrate paleontology, and Joe Sertich, curator of dinosaurs, have studied Madagascar's unique fossil record for years. Discoveries in the northwestern Mahajanga Basin have revealed an incredibly diverse and well preserved assemblage of dinosaurs and other animals that thrived on Madagascar approximately 67 million years ago. Almost all of these species are new to science, and many represent extremely bizarre forms, such as the large predator Majungasaurus, the very bird-like dinosaur Rahonavis, the heaviest-known frog Beelzebufo, and the largest Mesozoic mammal of the southern hemisphere Vintana. These dinosaur hunters will share firsthand the amazing opportunity to work at this singular location on our planet and how ongoing expeditions continue to reveal significant scientific findings. 7 p.m. Phipps Theater. Reservations, or call 303.370.6000, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.