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    Welcome to the Dallas Paleontological Society

     The Dallas Paleo Society monthly meeting is Wednesday, April 8 at 7:30pm at Brookhaven College, Ellison Miles Building, room 126 on the Brookhaven Campus

    This Month’s Speaker

    Jon Cartier

    Title: Shark Tooth Hill:  Tools, Techniques and Fossils from 8 days in the Ernst Quarries

    This is a presentation and “how-to” on the fossil hunting at the Ernst Quarries around SharkTooth Hill near Bakersfield, California. This Miocene fossil site is an amazing source of remarkable marine fossils, This presentation covers the tools and techniques for hunting this site as well as photos of the variety of material found during 8 days hunting in the Ernst quarries. Sharks, whales, dolphin and seals are common fossils from this site, including micro fossils

    Sharktooth Hill is one of the premier publicly accessible fossil sites in the US. This overview of the site shows the amazing variety of fossils possible and the techniques for hunting them.

    Jon Cartier has been married to his wife Kim for 23 years and has a son in his 3rd year of college. He has been a fossil hunter since his father took him hunting when he was little and has since turned it into a lifelong passion. Jon and his family joined the Dallas Paleontological Society in 2007. Living in Greenville, TX, his main hunting areas include North Texas and Oklahoma sites and especially the North Sulphur River. He participates every year in supporting Ladonia’s National Fossil Day activities and enjoys teaching people about the fossils of the area. Jon is a fan of the Cretaceous, Pennsylvanian, Permian, Pleistocene and Miocene. He has a full fossil restoration lab and micro fossil workstation at his home and enjoys prepping and cleaning fossils almost as much as finding them. 

    May Speaker

    Nathan Van Vranken

    2015 Master’s Graduate UTPB

    Brookhaven is located at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, (Dallas) Texas 75244.

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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.

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