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.
March 20 Regular Meeting Program
The Dallas Paleontological Society met at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 20th (one week later than normal), at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). Sharon Hudgins, travel and food writer on Russia and the Baltic, spoke on “Amber: The Gold of the North”. Amber is not just fossil tree resin (sometimes containing other fossils as inclusions), but is a beautiful and valuable material that has figured in art, politics, love, and intrigue (including the mysterious disappearance of the famous Amber Room from the Catherine Palace in Russia). Sharon introduced the natural, cultural, economic, and social history of Baltic amber, including its uses in art, jewelry, and decorative items, with tips on purchasing amber and how to detect fakes.
Sharon is a travel and food writer of 5 books and over 900 articles. She received a bachelor’s degree in Government (Soviet and East European Studies) from the UT at Austin, then a master’s degree in Political Science (US - Soviet Strategic Studies) from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She also holds a masters degree in Communications from UT at Austin. Sharon has travelled very widely, especially in Russia and Europe, and is a frequent guest speaker on National Geographic / Lindblad and other cruises of the Baltic, North Sea, Atlantic, and Mediterranean, and on National Geographic and Smithsonian railway journeys across Russia.
DPS meetings are free and open to the public.
Arizona (Tucson) Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show
Dealers from all over the world in Tucson every year. Dates for 2019: Feb. 2 to Feb.16.
This is just an example of the paleo treasures that can be found in 400 dealer locations.
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.
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).