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 next meeting will be held on May 10th

May Meeting

The DPS will meet next at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, May 10th at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H).  Tom Green, a recipient of a DPS scholarship in 2015, from SMU will be our speaker.  He is one of Bonnie Jacob's students who is researching Holocene climate change and the vegetation history of the Dallas area.  His title will be "North Texas Plant Community Changes in the Holocene".  We will also have another student receive their scholarship, Marlee Cloos, also of SMU and a student of Bonnie Jacobs.

  See you there!


A message from the President

We are fortunate to have a great paleontological society in our area. The DPS does so many things it is hard to keep track, and sometimes we may forget to thank those people who volunteer their time to lead field trips, give talks to the public, donate fossils, or in other ways spread their love of fossil collecting and the knowledge of paleontology. Some of these are mentioned in other articles in this newsletter, but I wanted to make sure you knew about:


Coming up soon on April 29-30, the Waco Gem & Mineral Show will be held in the Creative Arts Building at the Extraco Events Center in Waco. Thomas Vance represented us at this event for the last couple of years, but had other commitments this year. Peter Cornell has stepped up and will coordinate the DPS presence at the show.

A BIG new event this year is Earth Day Texas on April 21 thru 23, 10am to 6pm each day, at Fair Park. Last year, this free event had over 700 exhibitors, 250 speakers, and over 130,000 attendees! We are printing additional flyers, business cards, and other handouts. We will need more fossils for the fossil give-away bin. Please contact any officer to donate. We need many more volunteers, so please sign up at the meeting or contact me at programs@dallaspaleo.org to help. Lee Higginbotham is ordering some more t-shirts with the Fossil Hunter logo on the front, which are nearly sold out. This will give us a popular design to sell at these shows, as well as our DPS publications.

We still need coordinators for the following shows if the DPS wishes to exhibit. These shows provide us a venue to educate the public about our hobby, explain a little geology and paleontology, sell a few books and t-shirts, and gain new members.

May 27-28 - Fort Worth G&M Show, Will Rogers Memorial Center

July 1-2 - Arlington G&M Show, Grapevine Convention Center

Nov 18-19 - Dallas G&M Show, Rodeo Center Exhibit Hall, Mesquite

Contact any DPS officer to volunteer to coordinate our presence at the show, or just to volunteer for a few hours. All contributions are helpful and appreciated! We will have sign-up lists circulating at the meeting.

At our next meeting on Wednesday, April 11 we welcome Dr. Carrie Tyler and her talk on the predation of echinoids. Here is a little bit about her: https://miamiohoars.wordpress. com/2016/11/03/tyler- echinoids/

Bring your echinoids to show and tell. And remember to bring a salad, bread or rolls, dessert, chips, or other side dish to supplement the main dish that DPS will provide! Hope to see you there, or in the field.

Earth Day Texas

Fair Park, Friday, April 21 thru Sunday, April 2310 am to 6 pm each day

One of the largest earth day celebrations in the USA.  Check it out at earthdaytx.org

We will need MANY volunteers to help at the DPS booth at Earth Day Texas.  This event is new for the DPS, and of a new type.  Earth Day Texas is all about the earth, emphasizing sustainable living, green energy, the environment, conservation, wildlife, parks, and similar topics.  In addition, many universities, marine science organizations, parks, nature centers, and other educational groups will be among the 700 exhibitors.  The audience is huge, and although most will not be attending primarily to learn about paleontology or fossil collecting, they will tend to love the outdoors and be eager to learn more about the earth.  So these are our kind of people!

We will need about 8 volunteers each day, if each person is willing to work a half day with some breaks.  There will be a sign up sheet at the meeting, or you can contact Tom Dill at programs@dallaspaleo.org to volunteer.  Our booth will be indoors, with free WiFi access.  Entry to the event is free, although parking is not.  You are encouraged to car pool or take DART.

Friday is an important day, since our table will be on a tour of 5 to 7 groups of school kids, about 25 per group, that will be led to our booth by a tour guide.  On that day we need people comfortable with kids of all ages (groups will vary from elementary through high school), and willing to give a short 10 to 15 minute mini-lesson on fossils.  We will come up with a script to help, but you can vary your presentation for your style and interests.  We can give fossils to the kids, but we will probably have to urge them to select quickly because they won't have much time before they move on.

On all days we will be giving away fossils to kids (of all ages), explaining our displays of fossils, distributing DPS brochures and business cards, handing out information sheets to those interested, and selling our t-shirts and books.  Please sign up and come help.  Help make this event a big success for the DPS - not just in making back our exhibit fee with some sales, but in helping to inform some of the 130,000 people who will be coming to Fair Park.  Happy Earth Day!

- Tom Dill, DPS President

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.                        

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.


Back To Nature at Trophy Club a success

Bob Williams showing some fossils from the give-away bin to a young family.  This family later went exploring in the park on their own and found fossils for themselves.

There were many families at the park.

The view from inside our tent.  We had a steady stream of visitors interested in fossils.

Trilobites in Clarita, OK

We had a great trip to Clarita, OK to the Black Cat Mountain Quarry where we found Trilobites and Brachiopods in abundance.  Thanks to Polly for setting this trip up and thanks to Bob Carroll for our invitation.  

Local media features DPS' Wes Kirpach and student

DPS's own Wes Kirpach, AP biology teacher at Plano West, was recently featured by both the Dallas Morning News and WFAA Channel 8 when one of his students found a Cretoxyrhina manetelli shark tooth. Lillia Blasius was searching the nearby creek during a class lab when she made her amazing find. This isn't the only fossil that Wes and his class have found. Over the last 10 years, they have found  3 cretoxys, 2 ptychodus motoni, 2 squalicorax falcatus, several scapanorhynchus raphidion, and several small tooth blades.  They have also found many molluscs, fish scales and other fish skeletal remains, several enchodus jaws and a skull, a xiphactonus vertebral column and associated spines, a nautilus, heteromorphic ammonite and at least 2 ammonite species (protexanites?)... not to mention a complete adult Patecarpus skull and neck.

Click here for the WFAA story.

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.

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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).


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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.


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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