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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.

Next Meeting:Wednesday, October 12th Tony Fiorillo from The Perot Speaking on Recent Alaskan Finds

The next DPS meeting will be on October 12th at 7:30 PM at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute.  This coincides with National Fossil Day, which was begun by the National Park Service to celebrate fossils in the parks.  In recognition of this, our speaker will be Dr. Tony Fiorillo, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator of the Perot Museum. Tony has worked in many of the parks and lands of Alaska, including the Aleutian Islands in the southwest and Wrangell-St Elias National Park in the southeast. In the North Slope his team found new species of hadrosaur, diminutive Tyrannosaur, and pachyrhinosaurian ceratopsian dinosaurs. In Denali National Park they mapped a spectacular dinosaur tracksite that documented herd behavior (and preserved skin impressions). This year his team found even more tracksites on the North Slope. Come hear about their latest Alaskan dinosaur finds! DPS meetings are always free, fun, and open to the public. We hope to see you there.


  




 


           Location of Brookhaven                                         College Map of Campus

         Click Here for Enlarged Map                                 Click Here for Enlarged Map

DPS-SMU Lecture Oct. 4th

Special DPS - SMU Lecture!
Tuesday, Oct 4th, 7:30 PM, 153 Heroy Hall, Southern Methodist University


Dr. Barbara Seuss of Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, will speak on "The Buckhorn Asphalt Quarry - An upper Carboniferous 'Impregnation Lagerstätte' ". In the Arbuckles near Sulphur, Oklahoma, a Pennsylvanian asphalt seep preserved aragonitic shells, tiny larvae and protoconchs, and delicate ornamentation and microstructure of many species. The deposit contains the best preserved Paleozoic molluscs in the world. Dr. Seuss will discuss the geology of the deposit, its facies and fauna, isotopic analyses, and bio-erosion and predation observed in some of the fossils. SMU faculty, students, and DPS members and friends are invited to this free lecture. Parking will be free in the lot just W of Heroy Hall.

Attached are a photo of some of the fossils.

Thanks,


- Tom

December 14th Meeting To Be Held at a Different Location

DALLAS PALEO SOCIETY IS MOVING FOR DECEMBER ONLY!

JUST DECEMBER!  WE WILL NOT BE AT BROOKHAVEN ON DECEMBER 14TH!

THE DECEMBER CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AUCTION WILL BE 3 MILES WEST OF OUR REGULAR LOCATION AT 2280 SPRINGLAKE ROAD FARMERS BRANCH AT THE SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.

HOW TO GET THERE?  FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON YOUR PHONE AFTER ENTERING 2280 SPRINGLAKE FARMERS BRANCH OR COME TO BROOKHAVEN (WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T BE) AND THEN GET ON VALLEY VIEW AND GO WEST ABOUT THREE MILES, PAST MARSH LANE, PAST WEBB CHAPEL, PAST JOSEY, UNDER AND PAST I-35E, THEN TAKE A LEFT (SOUTH) ON VALLEY BRANCH LANE (SEARS OUTLET AND A TRAFFIC LIGHT), GO ONE BLOCK AND SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU WITH LARGE WHITE SIGNAGE THAT SAYS SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.

 Click here for a map of the location.


Scientists discover 3.7-billion-year-old fossils

From the Las Vegas Review Journal posted September 1, 2016

By JOEL ACHENBACH
WASHINGTON POST

Scientists probing a newly exposed, formerly snow-covered outcropping in Greenland claim they have discovered the oldest fossils ever seen, the remnants of microbial mats that lived 3.7 billion years ago.

It’s a stunning announcement in a scientific field that is always contentious. But if confirmed, this would push the established fossil record more than 200 million years deeper into the Earth’s early history, and provide support for the view that life appeared very soon after the Earth formed and may be commonplace throughout the universe.

A team of Australian geologists announced their discovery in a paper titled “Rapid emergence of life shown by discovery of 3,700-million-year-old microbial structures,” published Wednesday in Nature. Click Here to see the full story and a video.

 

Fossil Project Announces Webinar Series

As announced on FOSSIL Project social media accounts, we are excited to begin a free webinar series on the fundamentals of fossils.  Our first webinar is this coming Wednesday, August 31, from 7-8pm Eastern.  The speaker will be Mr. Jayson Kowinsky, a high school physics teacher from Pittsburgh, PA, who also happens to be an incredible amateur paleontologist and owner/operator at www.fossilguy.com.  The title of his talk is “Fossil Collecting: Where, How, & When to Find Fossils.”

In partnership with the Paleontological Society and with technical support from iDigBio, the FOSSIL Project is thrilled to be hosting a four-part webinar series throughout Fall 2016 (for future dates and speakers, see flyer inserted below & attached).  All are welcome to attend these free webinars.  Just connect at http://idigbio.adobeconnect.com/fossil-webinars/.  Connect time will begin at 6:45pm ET, allowing for 15 minutes to address any technical problems.  If you are unfamiliar with AdobeConnect online conferencing software, don’t worry!  All you need is an internet connection and the webinar link above.  There is no sign-up or installation.  (Unless you wish to use a mobile device – then you will have to download the AdobeConnect app for either Android or iPhone/iPad.)  And here is a helpful “quick start guide” for connecting!

 Please note that Continuing Education Units from the University of Florida are available for educators who attend all 4 webinars.  To get CEUs, please register through the UF Conference Department at http://reg.conferences.dce.ufl.edu/SSP/1400056716

 Also, if you haven’t yet, please consider joining the myFOSSIL community website at http://community.myfossil.org.  As a member of myFOSSIL, you can view the recorded webinars at a later time, engage with other members in the dedicated webinar forum, and – best of all – receive a certificate of completion for attending all 4 webinars.

 Fossil club/society officers, please feel free to forward this email to your members or include this info in your newsletters and bulletins.

Please contact me, Eleanor Gardner, at fossil@flmnh.ufl.edu with any questions or concerns.  Hope to see you on Wednesday evening!


T-Rex Skull found in Montana

SEATTLE - The four-foot long skull of a Tyrannosaurus Rex arrived on the loading dock of the Burke Museum Thursday morning, and could well prove to be one of the best-preserved skull specimens in museums anywhere, say museum scientists. 

The skull, protected in a plaster cast reinforced with wood, is not the only bone found from this giant meat-eating dinosaur.  The T. rex was found in northern Montana, part of the Hell Creek Formation that has produced many dinosaur fossils.See the full story here:

http://www.king5.com/features/t-rex-arrives-home-at-uws-burke-museum/301728244

Arlington Archosaur Site Now with Perot Museum

The Arlington Archosaur Site is now fully integrated into the Perot Museum volunteer system. All digs will be organized through the museum, and overseen by Dr. Noto and trained museum staff from the Paleo Lab. In order to become a dig volunteer at the AAS you will need to submit an application through the museum website (http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/Volunteer/index.html). Eventually there will be a separate application for the AAS, but for now make sure to add "AAS fossil dig volunteer" in the notes section at the bottom of the application. You will also need to pass a background check and submit a resume. These materials will be reviewed in 1-2 weeks and if space is available you will be invited to attend a 1.5 hour onboarding/orientation session at the museum. These steps are all required before anyone may participate in a dig. If you are currently a Perot volunteer contact the Volunteer Services office about attending one of the onboarding sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer office at volunteers@perotmuseum.org


Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum Sept 17th - Feb 19th

Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Don’t forget it also provides a unique family outing during the holidays! See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly. Click here for important tips and visitor guidelines. Additional information coming soon.

Life Size Animatronic Dinosaurs

http://www.heardmuseum.org/dinosaurslive

PIT Crew at the Dallas Zoo Sept 24th


Please join us on September 24th

from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This will be the second year that the PIT Crew has been invited to present a series of lesson plans for teachers of grades Pre-K through 8th grade at the Dallas Zoo. We need your help to make it possible! We are in need of volunteers to help run all four sets of lessons simultaneously for seven hours. This opportunity is open to the general membership as well! All materials and instructions will be provided.

Teachers have the opportunity to earn four hours of Continuing Professional Education and Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee credits upon completion of the event. Preregistered participants receive free zoo admission in addition to free parking, digital access to all curricula, and more! For more details and registration see http://www.dallaszoo.com/education/education-events/exxonmobil-science-day/.

 

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.

Photo Contest

Several members have added their photo to the website membership directory.  Many members have not.  

In an effort to have more members include a profile photo, there will be a drawing with the winners getting to win one of the books from our Promotions table.  We will have two or three drawings.  One drawing will be for the members who have already added their photo to their profile as of August 28th, 2016.  The second drawing will be for the members who add their photo to their website member profile between August 29th and September 13th, 2016 at 5pm.

If more than 25 members add their profile photo, then we will have two drawings.  

Just go to www.dallaspaleo.org and LOGIN with your email address and password.  If you don't have a password or don't remember it, then click "forgot password" and your temporary password will be sent to your email that you submitted to Dallas Paleo.  Then, click on your name to go to your profile to upload you photo. Easy as pie!  

While you are logged in, check out the Members-only Content and past Fossil Record newsletters.  Oh, and add some photos of your fossils on your Member Photo Album.


Two New Field Trips Announced

Polly has announced four new field trips coming up in September and October. See the calendar for details on each trip.

Oct. 8th Clifton Quarry Field Trip (filled)

Oct. 15th-16th Brownwood Field Trip


Volunteers Needed Oct 1st in Jacksboro

The Dallas Paleo Society has been asked to help with a research project by Dr. Barbara Seuss of Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany.  She plans to sample two traverses through the Finis Shale in the Jacksboro spillway (Lost Creek Reservoir).  Preliminary plans are for one section to be surface collected and the other bulk sampled at 10 inch intervals for microfossils.  The bulk samples will be processed and examined by Scanning Electron Microscope back in Germany.  She and a student will be working at the spillway from September 30 through October 4th and could use our assistance with digging, sampling, and hauling.  Polly Mullinex will provide shovels and picks, but additional tools might be needed and a wheelbarrow might also be very useful for rolling the bulk samples back to the vehicles across the spillway.  Remember that the state park requires an entry fee which can be paid near the trailhead.  I don't believe that we will be identifying fossils, but members have been invited to bring their collections for comparison.  When help is not needed, we could collect for ourselves aways from the sampling traverses.  Members interested in helping with the project should contact Tom Dill at programs@dps.org.

Whiteside Museum to Hold Teacher Workshops this fall

Location:  Whiteside Museum of Natural History, Seymour, Texas

Date:  Fall 2016 (Specific dates to be determined)

Chris Flis, Director of the Whiteside Museum is offering a wonderful opportunity for teachers.  This fall he will be conducting weekend workshops exclusively for educators.  This is a rare opportunity to work and learn at the famous Permian fossil sites in Seymour.  Groups will be limited to five or six and those attending will participate in field work as well as fossil prep in the lab.  The workshops are free, but transportation, lodging, and meals, will be the responsibility of the participant. 

We are currently looking for individuals who may be interested in attending.    If you think you would like to attend one of the workshops, please contact Darlene Sumerfelt at dsumerfelt@gmail.com.  I am now compiling a list of those interested.  You will receive more information when the workshops are scheduled.  You can then decide if you will definitely attend.    

I encourage anyone who is interested to visit the museum’s website at www.whitesidemuseum.org

New "Documents and Resources" page.

We now have a "Documents and Resources" page on our website for members who need to see past presentations or want information the society has collected. As we get documents of interest we will post them to the page. We already have 5 postings including the presentation from last months meeting when Bill Morgan spoke on Texas Cretaceous Echinoids.  Check out the page by clicking the Documents and Resources link under the "Members Only Content" under the "Home" button, or Click Here.

Buy DPS Books Online Now!

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.

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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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.

                

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Be the Dinosaur through Sept 16th

Step into the world of 65 million+ years ago and "Be the DinosaurTM" in Grapevine from June 3 - September 18 in the Grand Gallery.

"Be the DinosaurTM" is a groundbreaking fusion of state-of-the-art video game technology and traditional exhibits, featuring full-size dinosaur bones, a paleontology field station, a Safari Jeep and more. Visitors of all ages can enter into the largest and most complex restoration of an extinct ecosystem ever created.

Visitors will be able to see a complex and far-reaching restoration of dinosaurs that include some amazing features. 

For More Info Click Here


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Upcoming events

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 or send an email to rffarish@verizon.net.


 

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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