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 - Monday, October 12th (Special Time)

Our next Regular Meeting will be held on Monday, October 12, at 7:30 PM at Brookhaven College, Bldg H., Rm #126, Farmers Branch, TX  75244 

Come join us at our October Meeting on the 12th, and listen to Dr. Paul Sereno speak on "Feathered Dinosaurs". We expect many guests at our meeting as this will be in conjunction with the My Fossil Project meetings.  

Dr. Paul Sereno is a professor of paleontology at the University of Chicago and a National Geographic "explorer-in-residence" who has discovered several new dinosaur species on several continents, including at sites in Inner Mongolia, Argentina, Morocco and Niger.  His most widely publicized discovery is that of a nearly complete specimen of Sarcosuchus imperator — popularly known as SuperCroc — at Gadoufaoua in the Tenere desert of Niger.

Our October meeting has been moved to Monday, October 12, 2015, due to the number of events during that week.  Please help spread the word.


Location of Brookhaven College Map of Campus

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Upcoming Field Trips

North Sulphur River Field Trip - Sunday, October 11th

Meet in the Ladonia town square at 8;30am.  The area dates from the Cretaceous to the Pleistocene Period.   Possible finds, among others, will include gastropods, Baculites, ammonites, fish and shark teeth, Mosasaur, Plesiosaur and turtle material.  This is a weather sensitive trip please check the DPS Hotline for last minute changes.   What to bring: a light backpack, a tool to pry with or a rock hammer, zip-lock bags for your finds and a couple bottles of water.   Please check with Polly Mullinnex for further information.   pollym@airmail.net  903 916-0083

Lake Jacksboro and Mineral Wells Fossil Park - Tuesday, October 13th

This trip is part of The Fossil Project meeting on Oct 12 and 13 and is free to DPS members and guests and The Fossil Project attendees.  There is no charge and lunch is included.  The trip has been opened up to DPS members and guests. You must register online for this event.  To register click here.

Mark McKenzie, author of Pennsylvanian Fossils of North Texas, will be our expert commentator.  A sandwich lunch will be provided. An added attraction is that we will be there for the unveiling of the new benches and shade areas just installed by the City of Mineral Wells.


  • 6:15 Board bus at Brookhaven College BCGI building
  • 9:30-11:15 Fossil Hunting at Lost Creek Dam
  • 11:30 Bus ride to a park in the city of Mineral Wells for lunch
  • 12:00-12:45 Lunch Break with sandwich lunch provided
  • 1:00 Mineral Wells Fossil Park:. fossil hunting  and opening celebration for new seating and shade areas just added by the city.
  • 2:30-3:00  boarding for return trip
  • 4:00-4:30  Return to Dallas

MMI TXI Cement Plant - Midlothian, TX - Saturday, October 17th

Adult fieldtrip: Martin Marietta Quarry (TXI), 245 Ward Road, Midlothian TX. Saturday, October 17th,  8 am. until 12 pm.  Attendance will be limited in number so you must sign up for this field trip, by emailing Polly at pollym@airmail.net  . You must also be a member of DPS and 16 years or older unless the trip does not meet its quota.   Meet in TXI at the first parking lot on the left as you enter BEFORE 8 am so we can sign the ‘no harm agreements’.   This is the ATCO contact between the Eagle Ford Shale and the Austin Chalk (Cretaceous period) Target finds are marine vertebrate: Cretodus, Ptychodus, Squalicorax and other shark teeth.  Other possibilities include occasional mosasaur, turtle and fish material. I would like to remind everyone to wear closed toe shoes (ankle high boots are best). You will also need a rock hammer, hard hat (quarry will supply one if you don’t have one) and collection bags (plastic bags are fine).    Contact Polly at pollym@airmail.net     903 916-0083 

October Is Filled with Events Here In Dallas Area

Be sure and check out the Upcoming Events Calendar for all the events planned for October.  October is the month for National Fossil Day, so many paleontology venues are having special events and meetings.  

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists is hosting their 75th Anniversary here in Dallas on October 14 through the 17th.   Registration with the SVP is required for this event.  For more information click here.

The My Fossil Project will be having a meeting here in Dallas on October 12th.  You must register online for this event. For more information and to register Click Here.  As part of this event there is a field trip to Lake Jacksboro and Mineral Wells Fossil Park on October 13. You must register for this trip separately here.

Check out this new event in Grapevine, TX on October 16, 2015 at the new recreational center in Grapevine. Great for families and kids.   Click Here for details.

The Ladonia Fossil Park will be celebrating National Fossil Day on Saturday, October 17th. Click here to see the agenda for the day.  Our own DPS member, Gary Turner, will be speaking on "Micro Fossils Hunting in the NSR" in the morning with several other speakers.

The Dallas Paleontological Society Presents the 33rd Annual Fossilmania in Glen Rose, Texas.

Fossilmania will be held at the Somervell County Expo Center, on Highway 67, in Glen Rose, Texas on October 30 - November 1, 2015.

An annual fossil and fossil-related show, with dealers from all over the country.  FREE educational displays, fossils for kids, and fossil identification (bring your unidentified finds!).  For more information click here.

Dallas Paleontological Society Occasional Papers Volume 10

Dallas Paleontological Society   Occasional Papers Volume 10

focusing on the Texas Pleistocene will be released at the November 11 meeting. "

Current members will receive one copy per membership, i.e. individual members get one copy and family members get one copy per family. 

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).


National Fossil Day

National Fossil Day is October 14, 2015

Click here for more information

Jimmy Green

The Dallas Paleontological Society extends its sincere condolences to the family of Jimmy Green who passed away this month.  

DPS Book and Cover Design

The Dallas Paleo Society is in the process of writing and publishing a book on "everything paleontogical" from a serious amateur perspective, and needs help on naming the book and designing the cover.  If you are interested in helping click here  to see more information or email Roger Farish.

Questions For DPS?

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Other News of the Society

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events

We have several upcoming events in October that need volunteers to help with.  No particular skill is necessary.  Contact Promotions Chair Bob Williams to sign up for one of these events.  If you can help or assist in these events it would be greatly appreciated.

New Online Directory

Members Check Out the New On-Line Directory

If you are a current member of the Dallas Paleo Society, be sure to check out your listing in the new online directory and make any changes to your profile that are necessary.  Please be sure to review your privacy settings, your contact information, and change your password.   You can even load a picture for our directory.  Watch for further announcements about new features coming to our website. Current members can click here to go to the directory. Non members must register to see the directory.

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.


Fossils In The News

Fossils In The News is a new page on our website that highlights and links to various articles that are currently in the news.  Check it out by clicking the link under the "Home" navigation at the top of this page. New postings weekly.

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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