Welcome to the Dallas Paleontological Society 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.

Regular Meeting Wednesday, May 8

Sea of Grass

The DPS met on Wednesday, May 8th.Dr. Bonnie Jacobs, professor emeritus at Southern Methodist University, spoke on “The Evolution of Grasses and Grasslands”.  For most of Earth’s history, there was no grass.  Without grasses, ferns, lichens, or other primitive plants covered the open ground and understory, and much of the ground may have been bare.  But since they evolved, grasses have greatly changed earth.  Large areas of earth are now covered in grass (even though it often refuses to grow where we want it).

Bonnie Jacobs earned a BA in Geology / Anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and then MS and PhD degrees in Geosciences from the University of Arizona.  After two years as palynologist for the National Museums of Kenya, she has been at SMU ever since.  She specializes in the plant fossil record and what it reveals about past communities, ecosystems, and climate.  She has studied fossils from Africa and North America ranging in age from 110 million to less than 1,000 years.  Her paleobotanical work in Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia helps document the origins and evolution of Africa’s modern biomes, and has shed light on the environmental context of human family origins.  Dr. Jacobs was elected a Fellow of the Paleontological Society in 2018 and Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 2022.

In addition, Meklit Dirirsa of SMU  accepted her DPS scholarship check and tell us about her research under Dr. Neil Tabor, on the oxygen isotopes of middle Stone Age thru recent ostrich shells from Africa.

PIT Crew (Paleontologists in Training) is BACK!!


Dallas Paleontological Society and New Members!

As you may know, we have restarted the PIT Crew program. The PIT Crew (Paleontologists In Training) is our educational program for kids between the ages of 4 and 15. We have a project already under way, and more projects and field trips to come. Now is the time to respond if you have children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, between the ages of 4 and 15 who would love to get involved and learn about the prehistoric past. 

If you would like to be added to, or confirm your addition to the PIT Crew email updates, please send me an email to VP@dallaspaleo.org with your name, your kids preferred name, and age and I will get you added to the list. 

Joe O'Neil
Vice President, 
Dallas Paleontological Society

DPS Officers for 2024

The officers for 2024 are: 

President Michelle Kelly   mailto:president@dallaspaleo.org

Vice President: Joe O'Neil   mailto:vp@dallaspaleo.org

Fossil Record Editor Bill Weaver   mailto:editor@dallaspaleo.org

Secretary:  Dana Baggott    mailto:secretary@dallaspaleo.org

Treasurer Pam (Paul) Lowers    mailto:treasurer@dallaspaleo.org               

Fossil Bits and Pieces

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!

                                        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Newsletter: The Fossil Record, the Society’s monthly newsletter, is sent to all members.

Volunteerism: Volunteer opportunities to work the DPS booths provides community outreach, interaction with the public, and occasionally free entry to an event.  We need volunteers for all committees (to see our list of committees, click here) and activities.

Special Events: Members receive Eblasts on surprise events and reminders of upcoming events.

DPS Website: Current members have access to the Members only 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 for a limited time immediately following publication. Past Occasional Papers are available for purchase.

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.

Dues pay for: food and drinks at the monthly meetings, refreshments on field trips, scholarships, and professional speakers for special meetings.

Latest info on Lake Ralph Hall on the North Sulphur River:

Looking ahead to 2023

Lake Ralph Hall/North Sulphur River, Fanin County

To view a new 18 minute film on Florissant Fossil Beds Monument, please click on the link below:


We at SMU prepared a short video about the Smithsonian exhibit, "Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas," that has been posted on the Embassy of Angola in the United States website (https://angola.org) and on the Embassy Facebook page.  To see it, click on the link (https://angola.org), which will take you to the website.  The video is playing without sound on the banner.  Scroll down to Highlights and you will see a photo of a fossil. Click on that photo and you will see the video with sound and Portuguese captioning on the Embassy Facebook page. Attached is an information sheet about the exhibit, prepared for the Angolan Embassy.  If you would like the video with English captioning, just let me know.  Enjoy!

Louis Jacobs, DPS Advisor        jacobs@mail.SMU.edu  

NMNH Notice and Links_July 2020.docx       (This will download to your computer to view.)

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.

To see the info for Earth Science week, click here.

The Paleontograph back issues are now available at the following link


Dallas Library and DPS

The Dallas Library’s Podcast on Natural Dallas (P.O.N.D.) Annual Community Nature Expo includes a video featuring the DPS. Please watch all the videos for some interesting things to do and learn about in the outside world. Visit http://dallaslibrary2.org/pond/ for the videos.

Upcoming Events

What we are doing!!


 Saturday, January 27, 37 Members and guests went to the Perot Museum for a T-Rex exhibit and guided tour of the museum.  Please see the complete write-up in February newsletter, the Fossil Record.

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Copies can be purchased at monthly meetings for instant gratification. Or the book can be purchased and shipped to your home by Clicking Here

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 (Paleontologists In Training).

Mail Check to:


PO BOX 223846

Dallas, Texas 75222-3846


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 7:00 PM.

We are holding our monthly meetings Face to Face and on ZOOM.  Please check our Calendar for exact dates.  Come meet with us about 6:30 PM and before the start of the meeting. You will be welcome, and we will enjoy meeting you. This is a way to show your latest finds, get identification for them, and meet and greet other paleo people. Our speakers are a great way to learn about paleontology. 

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.

Questions For DPS?

If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to:

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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.

Mailing address: 

Dallas Paleontological Society 
P.O. Box 223846 Dallas, Texas 75222-3846

What we do

Do you have a question? If you have a fossil 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.

Visiting Researcher Program

The Dallas Paleontological Society (DPS) offers local logistical assistance to professionals/academics conducting research in the North Central Texas area.  Assistance may include the loan of tools, but is not financial.  Past projects have included providing transportation to field sites, assistance in locating particular fossils or outcrops of a particular formation, field collection and excavation.     If you are interested in assistance, please contact the DPS President at president@dallaspaleo.org

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