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.

Special Event: Speaker Andy Gale

Special talk! Andy Gale from the UK will give a talk "Microcrinoids - crinoids as plankton" on Wednesday, April 25, at 7:30 pm at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Buildng H), our usual meeting spot.

 The photo on left shows some of these microcrinoids from the Pawpaw Formation of North Texas. Many members have found these tiny fossils, and you are welcome to bring some of yours to show Andy. The public is also invited to attend this free presentation.

The photo to the right is taken with a Scanning Electron Microscope.  Andy will speak about some of these microcrinoids (sea-stars).

Andy's Bio:
‚Äč"Born on the Cretaceous in south-east England. Did BSc and PhD at King's
College London, PhD on fossil asteroids (sea-stars). Worked in the Natural
History Museum and geology departments in England. Now retired, working on
microcrinoids, fossil sea stars and barnacles."

Regular April DPS Meeting

 Wednesday, APRIL 11

                                               Night at the Museum 

DPS met at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 11, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H), 3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch. Myria Lillian Perez, a student of Dr. Louis Jacobs at Southern Methodist University, spoke on “Sea Monsters Unearthed: An SMU-Smithsonian Institution Exhibit.” Myria is a recipient of the 2018 Frank Crane Memorial Scholarship from the DPS and will earn her BS in Geology and BA in Anthropology from SMU in 4 weeks. From Cypress, Texas, she was interested in paleontology from a young age, earning a Girl Scout Silver Award for forming the Mary Anning Club, which produces a newsletter of paleontology news and interviews. She went on to earn the Gold Award for creating a paleontology education touch cart at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, writing a manual for it, and training over 50 volunteers in its use. At SMU, she has prepared several fossil vertebrates  

and performed 3D visualization on mosasaur skull material. Myria interned at the Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History where, in addition to researching marine taphonomy, she helped design the upcoming exhibit of the results of the PaleoAngola Project, which she will speak about in her talk. 

(Globidens p jaws)


 Members and guests are always welcome to bring fossils for identification (if needed) or bragging (it’s okay to admit it). DPS meetings are always free and open to the public.

Field Trip Sign-Up Changes!!

The DPS has implemented a new, more modern, efficient, procedure for field trips’ sign-up and other special event registrations. All sign-ups will be done through the DPS website (https://www.dallaspaleo.org) for future DPS trips/events. The date for the trips/events will be announced on the website and a sign-up date will also be posted.  Some trips are for Members Only, some are Open to anyone, some are Adults Only, some allow kids and some are limited in number of attendees because of site location requirements.

The  March 31 field trip to Waco Pit, has been rescheduled to April 28. The trip is for current paid-up MEMBERS ONLY. The trip is FULL and waiting list has been started. A confirmation email will be sent to Members to remind them of the NEW field trip date. If there are cancellations, names from the wait-list will be used in the order they were received, to fill the empty slots. 

Phone calls and/or emails will not be accepted any longer for field trips (or events asking for registrations). If emergencies arise and members who have signed up, find they cannot attend, please go to your Profile on the DPS  website and cancel your registration as soon as possible, so that someone else might attend. 

Thanks and happy fossil hunting!

DPS Officers for 2018

The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:

President:  Tom Dill                                       

Vice President:  Judi Altstatt

Secretary:  Ming and Jordan Lee

Treasurer: Pam Lowers

Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley

Questions For DPS?

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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.


Upcoming Events

Waco Pit Field Trip -Rescheduled

The Waco Pit field trip has been rescheduled April 28.  

This trip is FULL. Any cancellations for the April 28 date will be filled with the Waiting List names in the order that they were received.

If you cannot attend on the new date, please go to your profile on this website and remove your name from the field trip list, so that another Member may attend. 


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.

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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