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Regular DPS June Meeting

  • Wed, June 12, 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Permian vertebrates from Richards Spur, Oklahoma

The DPS will meet on Wednesday, June 12th, at 7PM Central time, in the Boonesville Auditorium (Room 125) of the Ellison Miles Building (Bldg H) at Brookhaven Campus of Dallas College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).  Kyle Davies, fossil preparator at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma, will speak on “Richards Spur - Oklahoma’s World Class Terrestrial Permian Fossil Site”.  Rocks of Permian age outcrop over large areas of Texas and Oklahoma, and are famous for their fossils.  But most of these Permian rocks were deposited in shallow seas or adjacent coastal flats and rivers.  Richards Spur and the Dolese Quarry provide a glimpse of the upland environment, with fossils of animals that fell or lived in a cave dissolved in Ordovician limestone.

Kyle Davies earned two BA degrees, in Geology and Paleontology, from the University of California at Berkeley.  Then he earned an MA degree in Paleontology from the University of Texas, studying the duck-billed dinosaurs of the Big Bend region under Wann Langston.  While at the Texas Memorial Museum at UT, he published the first description of duck-billed dinosaurs from the North Slope of Alaska, a site re-opened by Tony Fiorillo and others.  Kyle became a free-lance paleontology exhibit designer and fossil preparator, and then moved to Norman to help design the paleontology exhibits at the Sam Noble Museum.

Also, Michelle Kelly will give a short presentation on crinoids.  This will be the first in a series of short talks of basic and introductory information especially useful for those new to paleontology.

As always, DPS meetings are free and open to the public.  Invite your friends, family, and anyone interested in fossils.  Members can bring food, snacks, and sweets to share, while DPS will provide water and sodas.  Everyone is welcome to bring fossils to show or to request identification.  This is one of the best aspects of meeting face-to-face, but you can also join our meeting on Zoom at: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83997982034 (Meeting ID: 839 9798 2034 and Passcode: 200225).  See you there!

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.


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 

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We have fun.

We learn stuff.

We go cool places.

We find interesting things.

We make new friends.

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