Alberta Palaeontological Society

The Meeting Place for Amateur and Professional Palaeontologists

Alberta Paleontological Society Symposium

Paleo 2024 - APS Symposium 2024

In conjunction with Mount Royal University Earth and Environmental Sciences and the CEGA Paleontology Division, we are pleased to announce that the 27th annual Alberta Palaeontological Society Symposium will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2024 from 9:00AM - 4:30PM.

This symposium will contain presentations from a mix of amateur and professional palaeontologists. The aim is to showcase palaeontology to the general public and to provide an opportunity for contact between the Alberta Palaeontological Society, industry, government and educational facilities. The event is free and all are welcome to attend or join virtually. Families are encouraged to bring fossils to our identification booth where APS members will do their best to provide you with information.

You can view a selection of talks from the 2023 symposium on our YouTube channel .

For additional information, see circular 1 or circular 2


9:00 - 9:15 am Opening Statements
Cory Gross, APS President Symposium
Lacey Holoboff, APS Programs Coordinator
9:15 – 9:50 am The Messel Pit, central Germany – Fossilized treasures of the Eocene.
Tako Koning, Consulting Geologist
9:55 – 10:30 am Palaeontology of the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir Project: The Alberta Heritage Act at work.
Dr Jon Noad, Stantec Consulting
10:30 – 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 – 11:20 am The Problem of Protoceratids – the first horned artiodactyls.
Dr Jessica Theodore, University of Calgary
11:25 – 12:00 pm Lizard brain or bird brained? New insight into the evolution of the theropod brain.
Jared Voris, University of Calgary
12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Break & Poster Displays
1:00 – 1:45 pm Ichnodiversity and taphonomy of continental bioerosion traces on Triceratops bones from the Frenchman Formation of Saskatchewan.
Jack Milligan, University of Saskatchewan
1:45 – 2:45 pm Poster presentations breakout session & coffee break.
Poster presenters are requested to be with their posters.
2:45 – 3:15 pmUpdate on the Kaskie Hadrosaur fieldwork.
Darren Tanke, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
3:15 – 3:30 pm Coffee break.
3:30 – 4:15 pm Stratigraphy and fossil sites.
Dr Jenni Scott, Mount Royal University
4:15 – 4:30 pm Closing remarks for Paleo 2024.
Lacey Holoboff, APS Programs Coordinator


The APS invites you to submit a poster for the symposium! If you are an avocational or professional palaeontologist and have been doing research, we would love for you to submit your poster for the symposium. Any area related to palaeontology is suitable. For additional information, including information about the format and how to create it, please see circular 1.

In addition to presenting the poster, abstracts of all of the posters will be gathered into a Abstracts Volume. When preparing your poster, please also send the abstract to Howard Allen for inclusion in this collection. For more information, please see the Guidelines for Authors. The deadline for submitting the abstract is February 15th.

All posters should be submitted to our poster coordinator, Matthew Rhodes, at The deadline for submission is February 15, 2024.