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, November 9th
The next DPS meeting will be on November 9th at 7:30 PM at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute. Our speaker will be Don Esker, Ph D candidate at Baylor University and a DPS scholarship recipient. He will speak on phytoliths and tortoises at the Waco Mammoth National Monument. We hope to see you there.
Fossilmania 2016, October 28-30th, Glen Rose, TX
Coming in Glen Rose on October 28-30th at the Somerville Expo Center.
See details here: Fossilmania2016.pdf
December 14th Meeting To Be Held at a Different Location
DALLAS PALEO SOCIETY IS MOVING FOR DECEMBER ONLY!
JUST DECEMBER! WE WILL NOT BE AT BROOKHAVEN ON DECEMBER 14TH!
THE DECEMBER CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AUCTION WILL BE 3 MILES WEST OF OUR REGULAR LOCATION AT 2280 SPRINGLAKE ROAD FARMERS BRANCH AT THE SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.
HOW TO GET THERE? FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON YOUR PHONE AFTER ENTERING 2280 SPRINGLAKE FARMERS BRANCH OR COME TO BROOKHAVEN (WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T BE) AND THEN GET ON VALLEY VIEW AND GO WEST ABOUT THREE MILES, PAST MARSH LANE, PAST WEBB CHAPEL, PAST JOSEY, UNDER AND PAST I-35E, THEN TAKE A LEFT (SOUTH) ON VALLEY BRANCH LANE (SEARS OUTLET AND A TRAFFIC LIGHT), GO ONE BLOCK AND SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU WITH LARGE WHITE SIGNAGE THAT SAYS SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.
Click here for a map of the location.
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
Huge dinosaur footprint found in Gobi Desert
Washington Post by Ben Guarino Oct. 4, 2016
You know what they say about dinosaurs with big feet? They left big holes.
Some of the largest footprints known to science were made 70 million to 90 million years ago, when a type of dinosaur believed to be a titanosaur galumphed across the muck in central Asia. A few of these mud tracks filled with sand and silt, which hardened like plaster. Long after the titanosaur died off, the casts in the sand remained. We know about these big feet because a Mongolian paleontologist discovered a few of them in the Gobi Desert in August.
And what a titanic foot the dinosaur must have had. One of the most detailed tracks was a convex mound 42 inches in length, with impressions of the animal’s massive nails. By U.S. shoe standards, it would stretch its sneakers to a size 104. (The world’s largest human feet max out at about 15 inches, about a size 23 or 25.) The print was also much wider than any human foot, at 30 inches across.
“The footprint is one of the biggest known footprints in the world,” said Shinobu Ishigaki, a researcher at the Okayama University of Science in Japan and a member of the joint Mongolian-Japanese expedition to the Gobi, in an email to The Washington Post. The researchers announced their discovery of the footprint, roughly the size of a popular Ikea kitchen table, on Friday in Japan.
see more here
Fossil Project Announces Webinar Series
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 email@example.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.
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.
Questions For DPS?
If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.