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.

December 12 DPS Meeting, Party!!

Fossil Festivus!

The Dallas Paleontological Society will meet for our annual Holiday Party and Auction on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30 pm, at the Springlake Event Center. Lee Higginbotham has been gathering your donations (see below) and is planning a great auction. You are welcome to bring items that night for the auction, but please arrive early so we can check your items in.

The DPS Hospitality Chair Lucia Smith, assistant Kate Fenton, Treasurer Pam Lowers, and Secretary Ming Lee will be handling the buffet meal.  The society will provide the meat and basic side dishes.  Attendees are welcome to bring hors d'oeuvres, relish or cheese trays, salads, side dishes, breads or rolls, and of course desserts and other treats to share.

This is a great opportunity to pick up fossils of all kinds and localities, and fossil books and related items. Find that item you always wanted, or shop for gifts for others. Most items will be sold in several rounds of silent auction.  Be sure to get a bidder number when you arrive, then just wander among the tables and write down your bids on the bid sheets.  Listen for announcements as tables will close for bidding through the evening.  The best items donated will be sold during a live auction, with former president Stephan Gozdecki as our auctioneer.  Outbid your friends!  All proceeds benefit the programs of the Dallas Paleontological Society.

This meeting will NOT be at our normal meeting place, Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute, but at the Springlake Event Center (Knights of Columbus) at 2280 Springlake Road, Farmers Branch. From Brookhaven, go west on Valley View for ~3 miles (past Marsh, past Webb Chapel, past Josey, past I-35E), then go left (South) on Valley Branch Lane (Sears Outlet and a traffic light), go one block and Springlake Event Center is in front of you. From I-35, exit for Valley View Lane and turn west to Valley Branch Lane.

We will also be holding elections for 2018 officers. Make sure your membership is up to date so you can cast your vote for the Society officers for next year.  But that business will not take much time from the festivities, so don't hesitate to invite your friends and neighbors. DPS meetings are always open to the public and free!  We hope to see you there!

Please contact the DPS member below to donate fossil and fossil-related items for the December auction 

Lee Higginbotham

Cell 214-207-8058


Dallas Gem and Mineral Show DPS Booth

Brian Bowles and Mark Sutton man the DPS booth on Sunday afternoon

A mastodon tusk donated by Holland

Austin was shown in a display case

designed by Lee Higginbotham.

 More specimens will be selected for

the other shelves in the case.       

     Fossils from, and information about, Mineral Wells Fossil Park are prominently displayed.  Kids (and kids at heart) can have three free fossils.  They can search for their own fossils in the bin or select from the already identified specimens.

Photos from Field Trips 2018

                        Ash Grove Cement Quarry November 3

Fossil Bits and Pieces

Sea Monsters exhibit to open at the Smithsonian Museum this week! Follow the link below for more exciting information on this locally crafted exhibit!


The Dallas Paleontological Society has news from a recent Nebraska field trip led by Polly Mullinnex  to hunt fossils on a private ranch in the badlands of the northern part of the state.  This newspaper story is about an Oklahoma couple who went on her trip and came away with some incredible fossils.  Here is a link to the story:


Check here for a list of the remaining Fossil Shows (also Gem and Mineral) for 2018:

Area Fossil Shows.

Have you ever wondered what the earth looks like underground from Denton west to Bridgeport?  How about further west then east, Jacksboro to Bridgeport?  Jim Flis has made stratigraphic cross sections of those areas for local science teachers and for members of our Society.  Here is a picture of each:

Bridgeport to Denton


Jacksboro to Bridgeport

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.


Upcoming Events

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.

Dino Days At the Perot Museum

The Perot Museum has on-going activities and exhibits based on the Dino Days event held over Labor Day weekend.  These will continue through January 6, 2019. The Museum presented a new permanent exhibit called Paleo Lab which offers a look into what is required to prepare fossils from a dig site to exhibition of a specimen.  You can learn more about the exhibits at perotmuseum.org

Whiteside Museum Trip


See photos and exhibits at this new museum in Seymour, Texas

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).


DPS Officers for 2018

The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:  

(from left to right)

Vice President:  Judi Altstatt

Secretary:  Ming and Jordan Lee

President:  Tom Dill   

(Rocky Manning:  Advisor )                                 

Treasurer: Pam Lowers

Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley

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.

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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