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, September 14th

The next DPS meeting will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 14th at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute.  Our main speaker will be Kris Howe, who has the distinction of finding two (count 'em, TWO!) spectacular local fossils on display at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas!  He will speak about these finds and others in his talk "Vertebrate fossils of the Britton Formation".  First introduced to fossils by his father, Kris has had an interest in paleontology since he was five.  In 2010 he discovered the oldest North American bird fossil, Flexomornis howei, named in his honor by Drs. Ron Tykoski and Tony Fiorillo of the Perot.  A reconstruction is currently on display in the Rose Hall of Birds.  Kris then assisted Joseph Fritsch, a local amateur collector who had discovered a nearly 6 foot long fish fossil.  Kris helped with the excavation, prepared the specimen, and helped to expedite donation to the Perot Museum.  First identified as Pentanogmius evolutus, it was recently recognized as a new species by Dr. Ken Shimada and re-christened Pentanogmius fritschi in honor of Joseph.  Kris regularly volunteers in the paleo lab at the Perot and operates a fossil preparation, restoration, and mounting service.  Come hear from a particularly successful local collector about some of his best finds!  Meetings are always free, fun, and open to the public.  We hope to see you there.



           Location of Brookhaven                                         College Map of Campus

         Click Here for Enlarged Map                                 Click Here for Enlarged Map

T-Rex Skull found in Montana

SEATTLE - The four-foot long skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived on the loading dock of the Burke Museum Thursday morning, and could well prove to be one of the best-preserved skull specimens in museums anywhere, say museum scientists. 

The skull, protected in a plaster cast reinforced with wood, is not the only bone found from this giant meat-eating dinosaur.  The T. rex was found in northern Montana, part of the Hell Creek Formation that has produced many dinosaur fossils.See the full story here:


December Meeting To Be Held at a Different Location

Our December meeting/auction will be held at the Springlake Event Center in Farmers Branch, located at 2280 Springlake Road, Farmers Branch, TX  75234 .  Click here for a map of the location.

Arlington Archosaur Site Now with Perot Museum

The Arlington Archosaur Site is now fully integrated into the Perot Museum volunteer system. All digs will be organized through the museum, and overseen by Dr. Noto and trained museum staff from the Paleo Lab. In order to become a dig volunteer at the AAS you will need to submit an application through the museum website (http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/Volunteer/index.html). Eventually there will be a separate application for the AAS, but for now make sure to add "AAS fossil dig volunteer" in the notes section at the bottom of the application. You will also need to pass a background check and submit a resume. These materials will be reviewed in 1-2 weeks and if space is available you will be invited to attend a 1.5 hour onboarding/orientation session at the museum. These steps are all required before anyone may participate in a dig. If you are currently a Perot volunteer contact the Volunteer Services office about attending one of the onboarding sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer office at volunteers@perotmuseum.org

Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum Sept 17th - Feb 19th

Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Don’t forget it also provides a unique family outing during the holidays! See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly. Click here for important tips and visitor guidelines. Additional information coming soon.

Life Size Animatronic Dinosaurs


Be the Dinosaur through Sept 16th

Step into the world of 65 million+ years ago and "Be the DinosaurTM" in Grapevine from June 3 - September 18 in the Grand Gallery.

"Be the DinosaurTM" is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. Visitors of all ages can enter into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created.

Visitors will be able to see a complex and far-reaching restoration of dinosaurs that include some amazing features. 

For More Info Click Here

PIT Crew at the Dallas Zoo Sept 24th

Please join us on September 24th

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the second year that the PIT Crew has been invited to present a series of lesson plans for teachers of grades Pre-K through 8th grade at the Dallas Zoo. We need your help to make it possible! We are in need of volunteers to help run all four sets of lessons simultaneously for seven hours. This opportunity is open to the general membership as well! All materials and instructions will be provided.

Teachers have the opportunity to earn four hours of Continuing Professional Education and Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee credits upon completion of the event. Preregistered participants receive free zoo admission in addition to free parking, digital access to all curricula, and more! For more details and registration see http://www.dallaszoo.com/education/education-events/exxonmobil-science-day/.


SVP 2016

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.

Oliver Creek Field Trip August 27th Announced

Roger Farish will be leading our group to one of the best trips we take each year to Drop, Tx, just outside Justin, TX.  Find Oxytropidoceras and echinoids like Epiaster whitei and the rarer, regular Salenia mexicana. Click here for more details.

Five New Field Trips Announced

Polly has announced five new field trips coming up in September and October. See the calendar for details on each trip.

Sept 17th Martin Marrietta Quarry- this trip is full....

Sept. 24th Whiskey Bridge Field Trip

Oct. 8th Clifton Quarry Field Trip

Oct. 15th-16th Brownwood Field Trip

Volunteers Needed Oct 1st in Jacksboro

The Dallas Paleo Society has been asked to help with a research project by Dr. Barbara Seuss of Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany.  She plans to sample two traverses through the Finis Shale in the Jacksboro spillway (Lost Creek Reservoir).  Preliminary plans are for one section to be surface collected and the other bulk sampled at 10 inch intervals for microfossils.  The bulk samples will be processed and examined by Scanning Electron Microscope back in Germany.  She and a student will be working at the spillway from September 30 through October 4th and could use our assistance with digging, sampling, and hauling.  Polly Mullinex will provide shovels and picks, but additional tools might be needed and a wheelbarrow might also be very useful for rolling the bulk samples back to the vehicles across the spillway.  Remember that the state park requires an entry fee which can be paid near the trailhead.  I don't believe that we will be identifying fossils, but members have been invited to bring their collections for comparison.  When help is not needed, we could collect for ourselves aways from the sampling traverses.  Members interested in helping with the project should contact Tom Dill at programs@dps.org.

Whiteside Museum to Hold Teacher Workshops this fall

Location:  Whiteside Museum of Natural History, Seymour, Texas

Date:  Fall 2016 (Specific dates to be determined)

Chris Flis, Director of the Whiteside Museum is offering a wonderful opportunity for teachers.  This fall he will be conducting weekend workshops exclusively for educators.  This is a rare opportunity to work and learn at the famous Permian fossil sites in Seymour.  Groups will be limited to five or six and those attending will participate in field work as well as fossil prep in the lab.  The workshops are free, but transportation, lodging, and meals, will be the responsibility of the participant. 

We are currently looking for individuals who may be interested in attending.    If you think you would like to attend one of the workshops, please contact Darlene Sumerfelt at dsumerfelt@gmail.com.  I am now compiling a list of those interested.  You will receive more information when the workshops are scheduled.  You can then decide if you will definitely attend.    

I encourage anyone who is interested to visit the museum’s website at www.whitesidemuseum.org

New "Documents and Resources" page.

We now have a "Documents and Resources" page on our website for members who need to see past presentations or want information the society has collected. As we get documents of interest we will post them to the page. We already have 5 postings including the presentation from last months meeting when Bill Morgan spoke on Texas Cretaceous Echinoids.  Check out the page by clicking the Documents and Resources link under the "Members Only Content" under the "Home" button, or Click Here.

Buy DPS Books Online Now!

You can now buy books from the DPS online by clicking the "Store" button on the navigation bar at the top of this page.  If you buy online, and we ship the books to your home, you will have a shipping charge and tax.  If you buy the book at a meeting, you will not have to pay the shipping fee or tax.  Check out this new service.

Thanks To CT Scans, Scientists Know A Lot About Texas' Pawpawsaurus Dinosaur

Click Here for a link to Dr. Louis Jacobs interview with KERA about what CT Scans can do for paleontology.

DPS now has a YouTube Channel

Go Here and click on the Youtube channel and then subscribe to see all the videos we post on Youtube.  Thanks to Kathryn Zornig who is now handling our social media.

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).


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.


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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 or send an email to rffarish@verizon.net.


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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