Welcome to the Dallas Paleontological Society
The Dallas Paleo Society monthly meeting is Wednesday, July 9 at 7:30pm at Brookhaven College, Ellison Miles Building, room 126 on the Brookhaven Campus.
Brookhaven is located at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, (Dallas) Texas 75244.
The July 2014 speaker will be long time DPS member Mark McKinzie who will discuss his
recently published guidebook on fossils and fossil collecting in Oklahoma. The
title of the book is “Oklahoma Fossil
Localities”. Our neighboring state to the north, Oklahoma, has an extremely
rich and diverse assortment of fossils and localities where you can collect
them. Representative rocks of almost the entire Paleozoic and Mesozoic rock
sequences can be found somewhere in the state. The book discusses 37 specific
fossil localities in detail and mentions many others. Nearly 350 representative fossils are
illustrated for identification, nearly all of them in full color. The
presentation itself will concentrate on three extraordinary fossil assemblages
from the Paleozoic Era in Oklahoma
Mark has collected fossils since he was five years old and growing up in northern Illinois. He received
a Bachelor’s of Science
degree in Geology
from Bachelor’s of Science
degree in Geology
from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in 1980. Mark has been in and out of the oil
and gas industry since graduating
college. He lived in the fossil-rich state of
Oklahoma from 1980 until 1992. Mark moved to Texas in 1992 and currently
resides in Grapevine. The author has collected Oklahoma fossils extensively
over the past thirty years. This guidebook is the culmination of his knowledge
concerning the paleontological resources of that area on the other (wrong) side
of the Red River.
Signed copies of the
book will be available for purchase at the meeting for the price of $30 per
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More about the Society can be found in The Fossil Record.
Some of our outings, finds and wares.
Purpose of the Society
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.
Everyone is welcome to join the Society. No special skills or knowledge are required for membership.