This is a fossil Club Meeting


Each bone tells a story. Teeth can provide a great deal of information about diet, health, ecosystems, and can even be used to recreate what an animal may have looked like. Valerie Horn, DDS PhD, and fossil enthusiast will be sharing a vast amount of knowledge and expertise on dentition including:

1. definition and composition using human teeth as the example
2. evolution and embryology of teeth
3. tooth form and diet
4. identification of selected fossil teeth.

Valerie Horn, DDS PhD, earned her dental degree in 1982 at the University of Maryland Baltimore College of dental surgery, and her PhD ion cell biology 1987 U of MD school of medicine. Valerie has done research at NIH and at the VA in Washington DC and is now in private practice as a general dentist in Silver Spring, MD. She collected shark teeth as a child, and rediscovered her interest in fossils almost by accident by stopping at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, an hour south of Dallas with multiple dinosaur trackways in a small river. She is an active member of the NHSM Fossil club that tries to visit new fossil sites whenever she travels.

This meeting of the NHSM Fossil Club will be held in person with the option to log in virtually. Please choose your option in the registration process. Those attending in person must comply with the NHSM COVID requirements. The Natural History Society of Maryland, Inc. is a science-based organization. We have adopted the following requirements for in-person, in-building events.

Wear a facemask over nose and mouth (preferably KN-95).
Pass temperature check via infrared thermometer and be free of covid-19 symptoms.
Follow spacing requirements for event.

Be fully vaccinated or tested negative for covid-19 within 24 hours.
We set forth these rules to ensure that everyone understands what we are requiring to keep our members and participants safe. During the pendency of covid-19 infections in USA, we will adjust these requirements as deemed appropriate based on current information about covid-19.

Natural History Society of Maryland’s Fossil Club is a group of novice and more experienced collectors will meet to exchange knowledge and help with fossil identification, discuss fossil locations, as well as other fossil related topics. Monthly meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month at the Natural History Society of Maryland. Due to COVID, NHSM is opening up this club meeting to all. Non-members are asked to donate $5. If you are a fossil enthusiast, please consider joining ( The Natural History Society of Maryland is a volunteer-led non-profit organization, so the fee you pay will go directly to support the programs, the nature collections, and the building that make this kind of nature education possible