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.
Lee Higgenbothem organized the DPS Auction which was successfully held and well attended at the Springlake Event Center Wednesday December 13. The silent auction alone had over 300 items which were displayed on five long tables for bidding purposes. A few of the items sold were a variety of books, a microscope, ammonites, past copies of the Occasional Papers and other fossils.
DPS provided the main meat dish for the Party and attendees brought veggies, appetizers and desserts. Thanks to all who helped with the feast by bringing food.
The live auction was held with about 20 items after the Election of Officers (see results below). Tom Dill was the auctioneer, and many friendly bidding wars for items were encouraged. The money will be used to help fund DPS programs, special events, and DPS scholarships. Over $4000 was raised for those society purposes. Thanks to all who donated and bought auction items!
Thanks to Rachell Peterson, Kym and Kelly Forrest, Pam Lowers for their hard work making the auction a success!
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
Last Online FOSSIL Roadshow for 2017
You are cordially invited to attend the final webinar in the fall FOSSIL Roadshow series:
Fossils of the Carolinas
Hosted by the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum
Wednesday, December 20th, 6 pm CST
Join us online for an evening of fossil identification focused on fauna from the Pleistocene, Pliocene, and Miocene of both North and South Carolina! The program will take place in the fabulous fossil room of George Powell Jr., and will include plenty of opportunity for Q&A.
To participate in this online event, use your browser to navigate to the link. Then, write your full name in the box, and enter the room as a guest. You may be asked to download the Adobe Connect plug-in for the program to function. Once it has downloaded, open the plug-in to enter the room! You do not need a microphone or webcam to participate, but you will be able to ask questions throughout using a chat box.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations Made to Schools
Fossils were donated this year to Lewisville Independent School District as “kits”. 41 kits were made and taken to an LISD Administration Science Coordinator who distributed them to 5th grade science teachers in the district middle schools. 11 Texas fossils and 1 mineral were placed in the numbered sections of paper egg cartons. An identification chart and small magnifying glass were included in each kit along with an invitation for the science teachers to come to a DPS meeting and join the Society. The project was designed to be a recycling/ecology/paleontology effort to educate and generate interest in fossils.
First Meeting of Jacksboro Study Group Held in Coppell
The first meeting of the Jacksboro Study Group was held on Nov 4th at the Biodeiversity center in Coppell. Over 20 were in attendance with people from Houston, Tyler, and Texarkana in attendance. Many brought specimens from Jacksboro from their collections.Several research documents were shared and many brachiopods were identified with several collections displayed for all to peruse. Here are a few pics from the event:
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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).
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.
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.