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.

Monthly Meeting Held September 12

                                          Interested in fossil shark's teeth?

Over 98 people came to the Dallas Paleontological Society (DPS) monthly meeting Wednesday September 12.  The regular meetings are held at Brookhaven College in Building H. 

The speaker this month was Roger Farish explaining “Why We Find Sharks’ Teeth in the DFW/FW Area 300 miles from an Ocean”. 

Roger has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Hendrix College.  He worked for Geophysical Service Inc. (parent company of Texas Instruments) for half his career and then worked as a Financial Broker for AG Edwards before retiring in May 2014.  He is a past President of the DPS and has been an active member and field trip leader of our Society since 1985.  Presently, he is listed as an Advisor to the DPS. He co-authored and now markets his book “The Collector’s Guide to Fossil Sharks and Rays From the Cretaceous of Texas”.  

The DPS and Roger lead several Member-Only field trips to hunt shark’s teeth in our area throughout the year.  These limited participation trips are one of the many membership benefits that the Society offers, and we urge you to join the DPS.  You can join at the level you choose online, or in person at the next meeting with a check, cash or credit card.

Sea Monsters at the Smithsonian

On August 22, the first installment of Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas was packed for shipping to Washington D.C.  We hope that you will be among the 14 million visitors who will enjoy the exhibit opening November 9 in the most visited educational space in the world, the Smithsonian Institution United States National Museum of Natural History.  For more information, please follow this link.

 The second shipment for the exhibit will be in October.  SMU  showed the video loop starring SMU students Produced by Ray Marr and artwork and animation by Karen Carr and Ralph Gauer of Karen Carr Studio in Silver City, New Mexico, that will be a part of the exhibit.

Photos from Field Trips 2018

                                  Oliver Creek August 

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

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.


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. During  that weekend, 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

Finis Shale Study Group

Solensicus typicus
Euphemites carbonarus
Neochonetes acanthophorus
Soleniscus primigenius
Astartella varica
Eridmatus texanus
Crinoid Disc
Neochonetes granulifer
Trepospira illinoisensis
Amphiscapha subrugosa
Metacoceras sp.
Composita Ovata
Pharkidonotus percarinatus
Worthenia tabulata
Psuedorthoceras sp.
Tainoceras sp.
Pteronites sp.

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.

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).


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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