Photo by Aaron Camens, taken at Lake Callabonna Fossil Locality
Introduction to FUPS
Flinders University Palaeontology Society (FUPS) is a student run university society formed for anyone interested in fossils, evolution and extinct Australian fauna. Whether as a hobby or a potential career, if this is an interest you share, then you will fit right in.
FUPS gives members the opportunity to participate in a range of regular social and educational activities centered on palaeontology. This includes hands-on palaeontological research, with field trips, workshops and fossil preparation in the Flinders palaeontology lab. Other events include Palaeo in the Pub, movie nights, and public talks. FUPS also releases a regular journal BEER ‘N’ BONES for all your palaeontology inspired news, updates and event information.
FUPS’ primary goal is to help students get involved with current palaeontology field work and research; provide support for students working in the palaeontology degree; encourage networking and mingling of palaeontology students and staff; and all of this in a fun, safe and inclusive environment.
If you ever have any questions or just want to come down and see some fossils, you can find us in the Palaeo labs and offices, Biological Sciences Building, on level 1. You can’t miss us, there are dead things peeking out of all the lab windows, and dusty footprints leading into all our offices.
Flinders University Palaeontology Society 2022/23 Committee Members:
President: Natalie Jackson
Vice President: Elise Kalderovskis
Treasurer: Thomas Khajeh
Secretary: Dylan Slinn
Beer 'N' Bones Editor: N/A
Academic Representative: Aaron Camens
Honours/PostGrad Representative: Jacob Blokland
Undergraduate Representatives: Jacinta Mountford, Emerson Castle, Shannon Gillespie, Miriam Amery-Gale
Volunteer Coordinator: Joshua Batt
Flinders University Palaeontology Society acknowledges the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians of the lands we are privileged to gather on, of which sovereignty was never ceded. We acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and we respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs. We extend that respect to all First Nations People, and their continued custodianship of their respective lands. For everyone, although especially those of us who study the past, the stories and oral traditions of the Kaurna people, and all First Nations groups across Australia, provide invaluable insight into Australia’s history. It was their ancestors who walked amongst the megafauna and witnessed the changes in Australia’s climate, ecology and flora that we study as palaeontologists.