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.
Regular Meeting Program Held April 10
The Chronicles of Barnacles
The Dallas Paleontological Society met at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, April 10th (we’re back to the normal 2nd Wednesday), at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). Andy Gale, University of Portsmouth, spoke on “Darwin's beloved barnacles - amazing and unusual fossils”. Charles Darwin's main research for many years was on barnacles, and he described all the fossil ones available in the 1860s. New discoveries of superbly preserved fossils, including some from Texas, provide a new history of these amazing crustaceans who attach with their heads and then build a limestone wall around their bodies.
Dr. Gale taught geology at several colleges and the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London. He was then Geology Chair at the University of Greenwich for 11 years, before joining the University of Portsmouth, on Britain’s south coast (the “Jurassic Coast”) in 2007. He is a specialist in fossil echinoderms and barnacles, on which he has published extensively, and conducts research into Cretaceous stratigraphy, chemostratigraphy and cyclostratigraphy.
DPS meetings are free and open to the public. Our hospitality team provided a main course and a few sides, but we always need help to feed all of us! Members brought whatever they wanted to share - vegetable platters, sides, salads, chips and crackers, or desserts and treats. Everyone is welcome to bring fossils for show and tell, or for identification help. We hope to see you there next month!
Arizona (Tucson) Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show
Dealers come from all over the world to Tucson every year. Dates for 2019 were: Feb. 2 to Feb.16. Roger Farish has put together a slide show of the sites and fossils that can be found there. If you are interested in viewing the show, it is on YouTube at this link:
This is just an example of the paleo treasures that can be found in 400 dealer locations.
www.mineralshowslld.com is the company that produces and manages the Tucson show.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
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.
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.
DPS Officers for 2019
The results of the election of officers for 2019 are:
(left to right after Rocky Manning)President: Philip Scoggins
Vice President: Stephan Gozdecki
Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley
Treasurer: Pam Lowers
Secretary: Ming Lee
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).