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.
February 13 Regular Meeting Program
The Dallas Paleontological Society met at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, February 13th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).
Marlee Cloos, recipient of a Frank Crane Scholarship from the DPS in 2017, spoke on the “Palynology of the Cenomanian Woodbine Group”.
(Marlee and the Woodbine exposed in the ACME Brick Quarry in Denton)
Marlee received her BS degree in Geology from Texas Christian University, with a senior thesis supervised by Dr. Art Busbey on cranial fossils of a Jurassic crocodile. She moved to SMU to earn her MS in Geology under the supervision of Dr. Bonnie Jacobs.
(Microscopic view of some of the pollen found in the Woodbine. The black scale bar is 10 microns (0.01 mm) long.)
For her thesis, she studied the pollen of the Woodbine Group, the beds of coastal and fluvial sandstone that interrupts the mostly marine shale and limestone of the Cretaceous strata of North Texas. In addition to dinosaur, crocodile, and turtle fossils, the Woodbine contains common carbonized wood, and the Arlington Archosaur Site exposed a layer of spectacular charcoal conglomerate. Amber has even been reported from this formation. This talk helped us understand the plant community of the Woodbine based upon the pollen.
Our meetings are free and open to the public. The DPS provides a main course, and members are encouraged to bring sides, salads, and deserts to share. Everyone is welcome to bring fossils for show and tell, or for identification help. For this meeting we looked at our finds from the Woodbine!
We hope to see you at the March 20 monthly meeting. (One week later than normal because of Spring Break)
Arizona (Tucson) Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show
Dealers from all over the world in Tucson every year. Dates for 2019: Feb. 2 to Feb.16.
This is just an example of the paleo treasures that can be found in 400 dealer locations.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
We are very happy to announce that the very first Occasional Papers Volume 1, written by 9 members of the founding group of the DPS is now available to download! It is under the HOME choice on the menu bar, then Members-Only Content and then Documents and Resources.
The DPS offers extra benefits for Members. Types of Memberships and costs of each can be found under MEMBERSHIP choice in the menu bar, then New Member Online Application. Below is a list of what Members receive and the reasons you should plan to join (or re-join) us in our paleo adventures!
Newsletter: The Fossil Record, the Society’s monthly newsletter, is sent to all members.
Special Events: Members receive Eblasts on surprise events and reminders of upcoming events.
DPS Website: Current members have access to the Members section of the DPS website, which includes the Membership Directory, past newsletters, and more.
Field Trips: Some field trips have limited access (quarries, Oklahoma trilobites, etc.), and some field trips are designated members-only.
Excavations: Participation in Fossil Bureau of Investigation (FBI) excavations.
Discounts: Fossil prep kits, display items, books, and other unique items are occasionally offered at a discount to members.
Occasional Papers: Each Occasional Papers is a collection of in-depth articles on paleontology written by members. One copy per membership is free to members immediately following publication. Past Occasional Papers are available for purchase.
Volunteerism: Volunteer opportunities to work the DPS booths provides community outreach, interaction with the public, and occasionally free entry to an event.
Family: Family Membership provides a discount to a second adult and allows for PIT Crew membership in which children can participate in special PIT Crew-only workshops, classroom activities, and field trips.
About Us and Our Monthly Meetings
The Dallas Paleontological Society normally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 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.
DPS Officers for 2019
The results of the election of officers for 2019 are:
(left to right after Rocky Manning)President: Philip Scoggins
Vice President: Stephan Gozdecki
Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley
Treasurer: Pam Lowers
Secretary: Ming Lee
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.
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).