Welcome to the Dallas Paleo Website

The Dallas Paleontological Society was founded in 1984 for the purpose of promoting interest in and knowledge of the science of paleontology.  It was intended by the founding members that the Society would be a network for the exchange of data between professionals and serious amateurs in this field.


Next Meeting - Wednesday, February 10th


Our next Regular Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7:30 PM at Brookhaven College, Bldg H., Rm #126, Farmers Branch, TX  75244 

Our speaker will be Dr. Robert Finkelman of the UT Dallas Department of Geosciences, who will speak on “Coal in Texas: Past, Present and Future: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.  Dr. Finkelman holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and is a internationally recognized expert on coal chemistry and the environmental and health effects of coal.  Before teaching and research at UT Dallas, Dr. Finkelman worked for the US Geological Survey and Exxon Production Research.  In addition to coal being full of fossils, we should all be informed about coal and its role in our energy needs, environment, and health. We hope to see you at this interesting meeting!


 







           Location of Brookhaven                                         College Map of Campus

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Ash Grove Quarry Field Trip


Report by Polly Mullinex


Our arrival, at Ashgrove Quarry, was greeted by cloudy skies and  temperatures in the low 30’s.  Luckily after an hour or so sky’s cleared offering up a beautiful day for fossil hunting.  The area usually hunted, by guests, was now a lake, due to all the rain in the last month, so we were directed to a new location.  This section of the quarry was not as productive but still offered up some really nice finds.  John Love, a new member, found a set of vertebra from a very small fish, Alycia  Peavy found a weighty piece of crystal and a fish jaw fragment.  Tom Dill found a Ptychodus and several other shark teeth while still in the parking area.  For those whose day wasn’t very productive the wonderful weather still made for a pleasant outing.                                                                       

For More Pictures Click Here

Dr. Louis Jacobs and Dr. Bonnie Jacobs to Present on February 3

At the February 3, 2016, North Texas Master Naturalists chapter meeting SMU’s esteemed professors Dr. Louis Jacobs (DPS Advisor) and Dr. Bonnie Jacobs will present “The Long and Short of the Trinity River in North Texas”. Tom Green is a graduate student of Dr. Bonnie Jacobs and he will present his research on vegetation change over the past 10,000 years in North Central Texas along the Trinity River.  

For More Info Click Here

North Texas Mammoth On Display at Perot Museum

The 40,000 year old Colombian Mammoth was unearthed in an Ellis County sand/gravel pit in May of 2014, and quickly named after the county and month of her discovery.

Click Here to see the video.


122 foot Dinosaur debuts at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City


On Friday, the museum will unveil the cast of a 122-foot long dinosaur whose remains belong to a group known as titanosaurs, and that is one of the largest dinosaurs ever found.  

Click Here for the whole story, video and pictures.

By Stuart Miller, New York Times

Photos by Brian Harkin, New York Times

Monster 30-foot ancient crocodile discovered by scientists


Today's crocodiles may seem fearsome, but an even bigger and predatory version of the animal is believed to have lived on Earth about 130 million years ago.  Click Here to see the video.


Article from www.msn.com


2016 DPS Field Trips

Polly has just announced a tentative field trip schedule for the beginning of 2016.  Here are the tentative dates so far:

Upcoming trips for 2016 (dates tentative)

  • February 13th, Martin Marietta Quarry 
  • March 12th, Jacksboro 
  • March 26th Valley View 
  • April 9th Martin Marietta Quarry 
  • April 23rd Brownwood, Wilson Clay Pit and area

Check out our calendar for more events and trips in the upcoming months. We have over 60 events and trips posted for 2016 already.

Waco Mammoth National Monument Article

The Waco Mammoth Site (now established as the Waco Mammoth National Monument) has been the subject of an article in Texas Highways magazine.  The magazine is currently available in stores such as Brookshires, Barnes & Noble, etc.  It is a nice write up with illustrations and involves an interview with Raegan King, director of the site.

The site is also the subject of a National Geographic article in this months issue.


About Us and Our Monthly Meetings

The Dallas Paleontological Society normally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM at Brookhaven College, unless we have something special happening that month. Please check our Calendar for exact dates.  Come meet with us, hear a speaker, learn about paleontology, and bring your unidentified fossils and unique finds to share with the group.  You will be welcome, and we will enjoy meeting you. Beware of big words!  For a map of our meeting location Click Here.

                

Join us now

Come and join us for a great time at our next meeting, and click below to become a member.  Individual and Family memberships are available, and kids can participate in the PIT Crew (Paleontogists In Training).


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Questions For DPS?

If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to:

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Hot Line 

817-355-4693 

Courses Offered by Coursea

There are two new online classes offered by Coursera that are paleontology related. These are free and even though they are offered by a university you don't need to be a scholar or have prevoius courses to benefit from them. 

https://www.coursera.org/learn/ancient-marine-reptiles https://www.coursera.org/learn/theropods-birds

Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles - University of Alberta | Coursera

Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles from University of Alberta. Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive…

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Upcoming events

The PIT Crew

The Paleontologists In Training is a program of the DPS that is open to kids from age 7 to 15.  If you are interested in fossils, want to have fun on field trips, and like learning about our beautiful world, come join us at one of our meetings, or field trips.  You will find it educational, and fun at the same time!

For more information, Click the link here or click the link under the home page called "For Kids - The Pit Crew" , to see policies, upcoming events, announcements, and how to sign up to take advantage of this new program.

Who we are

The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology.  We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.



What we do

If you have a question, if you have a fossil that you cannot identify, or need a site investigation, contact the Fossil Bureau of Investigation for help.

Contact Us at 817-355-4693


 

Why join us

We have fun.

We learn stuff.

We go cool places.

We find interesting things.

We make new friends.



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