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.

Next Meeting - Wednesday, March 9th

Our next Regular Meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 9th, at 7:30 PM at Brookhaven College, Bldg H., Rm #126, Farmers Branch, TX  75244 

In March, our speaker will be Mike Ellwood, volunteer at the Calvert Marine Museum in Maryland and past president of the Calvert Marine Museum Fossil Club.  He will speak on the Miocene shark teeth and other marine fossils from the world-famous Calvert Cliffs locality.      

We hope to see you at this interesting meeting!


           Location of Brookhaven                                         College Map of Campus

         Click Here for Enlarged Map                                 Click Here for Enlarged Map

2016 DPS Field Trips

Polly has just announced a tentative field trip schedule for the beginning of 2016.  Here are the tentative dates so far:

Upcoming trips for 2016 (dates tentative)

  • February 13th, Martin Marietta Quarry 
  • February 27th, Waco Pit Field Trip
  • March 12th, Jacksboro 
  • March 26th Valley View 
  • April 9th Martin Marietta Quarry 
  • April 23rd Brownwood, Wilson Clay Pit and area

Check out our calendar for more events and trips in the upcoming months. We have over 60 events and trips posted for 2016 already.

Contact Polly to sign up for field trips at pollym@airmail.net.

Raising the Dinosaur Giant on KERA on February 17th

Raising the Dinosaur Giants Wednesday February 17, KERA (Channel 13) will be hosting the program Nature: "Raising the Dinosaur Giant at 7PM Central time. David Attenborough will be narrating the program. Set your DVR's.....  

First PaleoBlitz March 18-20

The FOSSIL Project is happy to announce its first PaleoBlitz, scheduled for March 18-20, 2016, at the University of Florida’s Florida Museum of Natural History!

A PaleoBlitz, similar to a BioBlitz, is an intense period of paleontological survey conducted by citizen scientists.  This pilot PaleoBlitz is intended to engage amateur paleontologists in the entire fossil collection process – from first finding a fossil, to field documentation, to museum curatorial work. The organizers, FOSSIL Project postdoc Dr. Ronny Leder and UF PhD student Victor Perez, hope that this event will be beneficial to the amateur paleontological community by promoting best practices in fossil collection and curation. 

We are inviting 12 individuals from different paleontology clubs/organizations to participate in this weekend-long workshop. Please fill out this application [click link] in order to be considered; applications are due by 5pm on March 11, 2016. Alternatively, you may submit the Word document application attached.

Ideally, we would like to have two people from each club represented at this event: one veteran member and a rookie member. Having participants with this dichotomy will help to establish a mentor-mentee relationship and result in a range of unique perspectives.

The event itself will give you hands-on exposure to the museum curation process. Participants will aid in identification, preparation (cleaning), curation (database entry), and documentation (photographing) of fossils collected from the Belgrade Mine in North Carolina. Additionally, there will be a tour of the paleontology collections at the Florida Museum of Natural History and a tour of the famed Hubbell collection. Finally, there will be an optional field trip to local Gainesville creeks to collect fossils.

Travelling costs will be at your own expense; however, the FOSSIL Project will cover lodging and some food expenses.  You may contact either of the event organizers, Victor Perez (victorjperez@ufl.edu) or Ronny Leder (leder.ronnymaik@flmnh.ufl.edu), with any additional questions that you may have.

For more information or to submit nominations, please contact the FOSSIL Project Coordinator, Eleanor Gardner, at fossil@flmnh.ufl.edu.

Eleanor E. Gardner, M.S.

FOSSIL Project Coordinator

Florida Museum of Natural History

Phone: (352)-273-1936

Email: egardner@flmnh.ufl.edu | fossil@flmnh.ufl.edu

Website: www.myfossil.org

Ash Grove Quarry Field Trip

Report by Polly Mullinex

Our arrival, at Ashgrove Quarry, was greeted by cloudy skies and  temperatures in the low 30’s.  Luckily after an hour or so sky’s cleared offering up a beautiful day for fossil hunting.  The area usually hunted, by guests, was now a lake, due to all the rain in the last month, so we were directed to a new location.  This section of the quarry was not as productive but still offered up some really nice finds.  John Love, a new member, found a set of vertebra from a very small fish, Alycia  Peavy found a weighty piece of crystal and a fish jaw fragment.  Tom Dill found a Ptychodus and several other shark teeth while still in the parking area.  For those whose day wasn’t very productive the wonderful weather still made for a pleasant outing.                                                                       

For More Pictures Click Here

North Texas Mammoth On Display at Perot Museum

The 40,000 year old Colombian Mammoth was unearthed in an Ellis County sand/gravel pit in May of 2014, and quickly named after the county and month of her discovery.

Click Here to see the video.

Courses Offered by Coursea

There are two new online classes offered by Coursera that are paleontology related. These are free and even though they are offered by a university you don't need to be a scholar or have prevoius courses to benefit from them. 

https://www.coursera.org/learn/ancient-marine-reptiles https://www.coursera.org/learn/theropods-birds

Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles - University of Alberta | Coursera

Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles from University of Alberta. Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive…


Enter a Collection at the Perot Museum

Tell us what you collect and you could win the opportunity to have your collection displayed at the Perot Museum alongside eight esteemed collectors in our Eye of the Collector exhibition. Enter into one of three categories:

  • Best Youth Collection (17 and younger)
  • Most Unique Collection
  • Most Visually Stunning Collection

There will be five finalists per category and a public voting period to determine a winner for each category. The collection that receives the most votes overall across the three categories will become the People’s Choice contest winner.

Deadline for submissions is Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 11:59pm.

Click Here for details.

Waco Mammoth National Monument Article

The Waco Mammoth Site (now established as the Waco Mammoth National Monument) has been the subject of an article in Texas Highways magazine.  The magazine is currently available in stores such as Brookshires, Barnes & Noble, etc.  It is a nice write up with illustrations and involves an interview with Raegan King, director of the site.

The site is also the subject of a National Geographic article in this months issue.

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.


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).


Questions For DPS?

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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.

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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