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.


The DPS is having an Event Registraion for the Charles Finsley Lecture Series March 29, featuring Dr. Mary Schweitzer.  Please see the Lecture poster below on this Home page.  The Registration for this Event will be done through Event Brite website (https://www.eventbrite.com) and add the word “fossils” to your search for our Event.   DPS Members and now the Public can register.  There were only 250 seats available due to Fire Marshall code in the Brookhaven College meeting room, and now there are less than 90 places still available.  Names will be checked at the door and ONLY previously Registered people (Members or Public) will be allowed to attend. Sign up now if you want to attend!

Charles Finsley Lecture Series

Regular Meeting Held March 7th

We met one week earlier than normal this month!  We heard how to find and identify Eocene fossils like this Trigonostoma babylonicum (1.3 cm long). Just 60 million years younger than the Arlington Archosaur Site, give or take a few million.

DPS Regular Meeting March 7This was one week EARLIER than normal, because Brookhaven College will be closed for Spring Break when we would normally meet. The DPS met at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, March 7th at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).  Jim Flis, geologist, spoke on the "Main Glauconite Bed (MGB) Study Guide, Stone City Member, Middle Eocene, Claiborne Group, Stone City Bluff (Whiskey Bridge), Burleson Co., Texas"

The Stone City Bluff is a special place on the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain.  It is the best of the few places where marine rocks of Eocene age are exposed and available for public access.  It provides a window into Middle Eocene time and the animals that lived in the Gulf of Mexico then, approximately 41.8 million years ago.  The Main Glauconite Bed at Stone City Bluff contains very diverse and well-preserved gastropods, clams, and other marine fossils that have attracted researchers and collectors since the mid 1800’s.  This Study Guide will help you find, identify, and understand these fossils, and allow further contribution to research of this important site.

Jim holds a BS in Geology from SUNY Fredonia, New York, and an MS in Geology from Michigan State University.  He is member of many professional geological societies, and retired from Chevron after 38 years in oil and gas exploration and moved to north Texas.  He performs outreach to museums and schools, and is a member of the Whiteside Museum of Natural History (where his son Chris is the curator) and the Wise County Fossil, Rock, and Mineral Society.

Field Trip Sign-Up Changes!!

The DPS is implementing a new, more modern, efficient, procedure for field trips’ sign-up and other special event registrations. All sign-ups will be done through the DPS website (https://www.dallaspaleo.org) for future trips/events. The date for the trips/events will be announced on the website and a sign-up date will also be posted.  Some trips are for Members Only, some are Open to anyone, some are Adults Only, some allow kids and some are limited in number of attendees because of site location requirements.

This first trip to use the online registration will be March 31 (Saturday) to Waco to hunt the Waco Pit and will be for MEMBERS ONLY.   The system will only let paid Members register for that trip. There will be a 23 person limit and sign-up will begin on March 19 for 10 days for those who are up-to-date on their membership dues by that date.    A confirmation email will be sent to Members to remind them of the field trip date.  If more than 23 sign up, there will be a wait-list of names recorded.  If there are cancellations, names from the wait-list will be used in the order they were received, to fill the empty slots. 

Phone calls and/or emails will not be accepted any longer for field trips (or events asking for registrations).  If emergencies arise and members who have signed up,find they cannot attend, please go to your Profile on the DPS  website and cancel your registration as soon as possible, so that someone else might attend. 

Thanks and happy fossil hunting!

DPS Officers for 2018

The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:

President:  Tom Dill                                       

Vice President:  Judi Altstatt

Secretary:  Ming and Jordan Lee

Treasurer: Pam Lowers

Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley

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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.


Upcoming Events

Waco Pit Field Trip -March 31

Sign up and registration is now open.  Go to the calendar and click the trip on the 31st and click the Register button.  Fill out all the information until you get to the "Confirm" button, and click "Confirm".  You will get a confirmation email and a confirmation on the screen.  This is a limited trip so be sure to register.

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. 

Thanks to Heritage Auctions

Roger Farish (book co-editor) receiving the next 200 copies of A Guide to FOSSIL COLLECTING by the Dallas Paleontological Society from Craig Kissick, Director of Nature and Science at the Heritage Auctions, who facilitated the very high quality printing of our book at a reasonable cost to the DPS. Many thanks to Heritage Auctions for this benevolent gesture.

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).


Buy DPS Books Online

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.

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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