Membership has its privileges. Throughout the year, NHSM offers FREE programs just for members. This March we invite you to come and enjoy light refreshments while you peruse a collection of shark fossils and mix and mingle with fellow natural history enthusiasts. 

John-Paul Hodnett has spent most of his life searching for and finding the fossil remains of ancient sharks including a recent discovery of a Saivodus striatus, a Paleozoic ctenacanth shark in a cave in Kentucky. Join us as he shares with us stories from the field, his techniques, and his finds. 

This free event is open to NHSM Members only. Not a member? Join today.  


Doors open at 7:00.  Presentation will begin at 7:30.  While free – for planning purposes, please RSVP. 


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Instructor Bio: John-Paul (JP) Hodnett is the Paleontologist and Program Coordinator for the M-NCPPC Dinosaur Park located in Laurel Maryland and is also the National Fossil Day Coordinator with the National Park Service. Growing up in Arizona, JP started his career in Paleontology as a volunteer for the Earth Sciences Department at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson at the age of 16. JP received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology from Northern Arizona University and his Masters in Biology at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. His research interests include shark and mammalian carnivore evolution, faunal transitions over time, and the paleoecology of North America during the Cretaceous. JP has published a number of papers ranging from Late Mississippian shark fossils from the Grand Canyon, the first horned dinosaur from Arizona, and the first record of Dire Wolf from Sonora Mexico. JP has done field work in Sonora Mexico, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Kentucky, and Maryland.