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.
April 8 Meeting--Virtual
View from collecting locality on Kiahera Hill of volcanoes of Rusinga Island
Like Being There
The DPS will meet next at 7pm on Wednesday, April 8th … at your house! Or wherever you have a good internet connection. Due to the coronavirus, the DPS cannot have a face-to-face, physical meeting. Instead we will hold an online meeting using software called Zoom. One benefit of this inconvenience is that more people can attend, and none of us have to drive!
Before our meeting, create a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us (it will send a confirmation email before you can continue). It will then install Zoom.us on your computer (Mac, PC, or Linux). If you want to use a phone or tablet, you can get the Zoom app from the iOS or Android app store. After Zoom is installed, click on this link a few minutes before 7pm Central Time on Wednesday, April 8th:
If that does not connect you to our meeting, you can join our meeting by entering the meeting ID of 189 160 548 and password of 034276. During the meeting, you can choose to turn on or off the your video and microphone feeds, so you can be as quiet and invisible as you want to be.
Aly Baumgartner will speak on "What fossil leaves tell us about the paleoclimate and paleoenvironment of the early Miocene Hiwegi Formation, Rusinga Island, Kenya". Aly is a PhD candidate, and the recipient of a DPS scholarship, at the Department of Geosciences at Baylor University. She earned her BS from the University of Michigan and an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University. Rusinga Island is in the Kenya portion of Lake Victoria, and is a very important site for fossils of early man.
Fossil leaves from E Miocene Hiwegi Fm, Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya
Free Zoom meetings are normally limited to 40 minutes, so we have scheduled a second online meeting for 7:40pm. Here is the link and information for that second Zoom meeting:
The meeting ID is 569 869 059 and the password is 096814. We will switch over to the second meeting ONLY if our time runs out in the first meeting. In our tests, Zoom graciously extended our time past 40 minutes, so we will probably just continue with the first meeting. In either case, our speaker can finish up, the audience can ask questions (using audio or online chat), and we will have announcements, news, and reports.
DPS meetings have always been free and open to the public. Now more than ever. We usually provide food and beverages at our meetings, but this one is strictly bring-your-own. Perhaps another benefit to online meetings - you can drink! We hope to see you there, virtually.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
We are very happy to announce that the very first Occasional Papers Volume 1, written by 9 members of the founding group of the DPS is now available to download! It is under the HOME choice on the menu bar, then Members-Only Content and then Documents and Resources.
To see the flier for Discover Earth Science, click here to download their PDF document.
The DPS offers extra benefits for Members. Types of Memberships and costs of each can be found under MEMBERSHIP choice in the menu bar, then New Member Online Application. Below is a list of what Members receive and the reasons you should plan to join (or re-join) us in our paleo adventures!
Newsletter: The Fossil Record, the Society’s monthly newsletter, is sent to all members.
Special Events: Members receive Eblasts on surprise events and reminders of upcoming events.
DPS Website: Current members have access to the Members section of the DPS website, which includes the Membership Directory, past newsletters, and more.
Field Trips: Some field trips have limited access (quarries, Oklahoma trilobites, etc.), and some field trips are designated members-only.
Excavations: Participation in Fossil Bureau of Investigation (FBI) excavations.
Discounts: Fossil prep kits, display items, books, and other unique items are occasionally offered at a discount to members.
Occasional Papers: Each Occasional Papers is a collection of in-depth articles on paleontology written by members. One copy per membership is free to members immediately following publication. Past Occasional Papers are available for purchase.
Volunteerism: Volunteer opportunities to work the DPS booths provides community outreach, interaction with the public, and occasionally free entry to an event.
Family: Family Membership provides a discount to a second adult and allows for PIT Crew membership in which children can participate in special PIT Crew-only workshops, classroom activities, and field trips.
Dues pay for: food and drinks at the monthly meetings, refreshments on field trips, scholarships, and professional speakers for special meetings.
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.
Copies can be purchased at monthly meetings for instant gratification. Or the book can be purchased and shipped to your home by Clicking Here
DPS Officers for 2020
The results of the election of officers for 2020 are:President: Philip Scoggins
Vice President: Estee Easley
Fossil Record Editor: Diane Tran
Treasurer: Paul Lowers
Secretary: Kim Pervis
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).
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.