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.

September Regular Meeting Held 9/11

Dino Feathers

Our meeting, September 11th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch) was our regular monthly meeting.  Hillary Cepress-McLean, Fossil Lab Manager of the Perot Museum, spoke on “Where are those feathers!?  A look at dinosaurs and how they are portrayed in popular culture and art”.  Every kid is familiar with how famous dinosaurs like T. rex and Triceratops are supposed to look like, but questioned how accurate are they really?  Hillary discussed the pop culture portrayals of dinosaurs and how this affects paleontology as a whole. 

Hillary earned her BS degree in Biology from Metropolitan State University in Denver, where she also volunteered for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.  She performed field work in several dinosaur-bearing formations of the Rocky Mountains and prepared Late Cretaceous dinosaur and Cenozoic mammal fossils.  Hillary then went to Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, where she is working on her MS degree under Dr. Laura Wilson.

DPS meetings are free and open to the public. We hope you came this month!

The holotype of Microraptor gui, IVPP V 13352 under normal light, showing preserved feathers (white arrows) and the 'halo' around the specimen where feathers appear to be absent (black arrows). Scale bar is 5 cm.  From Hone, Tischlinger, Xu, and Zhang (2010) The Extent of the Preserved Feathers on the Four-Winged Dinosaur Microraptor gui under Ultraviolet Light. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9223. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009223

Recent DPS Field Trip and  Photos



Don’t know how many people showed up, but it had to be enough to fill the 52 cars that trekked out to the creek. When I showed up at ‘the horse’ there were 50+ people standing around and I said, “Are you folks crazy? Don’t you know it’s supposed to be over 100F today?” They all laughed and indicated they were ready to go.

The day started perfectly with the DPS Executive Committee being treated to a gourmet breakfast at the new home of Mercer and Donna Brugler just a mile or so east of Justin. A huge thanks to them for this gesture. The meeting place at the Justin Boot Outlet was under construction.  I did give my usual Oxytropidoceras repetitive chant and provided a handout and collecting buckets for everyone.

The gracious landowners had mowed our parking area and turned off their electric fences. Many thanks to their son, Jimmy Williams, in his ATV guiding us around the property. The DPS provided soft drinks, water and watermelon.

Families took us at out word of being family friendly and turned out in force with a number of kids tearing up and down the creek.  I was asked, “Will I really find an ammonite?” Virtually everyone who was at all diligent found at least one take-home Oxy, some a half dozen or more. Everyone found many examples of the echinoid, Epiaster whitei.

 Trisha Lana found not one but two ammonites very different from the plentiful Oxys. One appears to be an Engonoceras and the other is a thick ammonite with a series of nodes on the surface (see photo). One fellow found a nice Oxy in matrix with a complete keel preserved. The Texoma Rockhounds sent four collectors with Chris Hartityson (?) finding the regular echinoid shown below which could be a Phymosoid of some sort or Loriolia. Danny Roberts found a well-preserved fish in matrix. Sandy and Alex Schneider found two Oxys with just basic tools. We were glad to see at least half dozen Perot volunteers also seemed to get their money’s worth. The East Texas Gem and Mineral Club was also represented.

We had limited access to the west end of the creek and found more of the same, but the heat eventually drove us out.

Anyone needing a digital copy of the handout, please let me know – rffarish@verizon.net.



Fossil Bits and Pieces

The Paleontograph back issues are now available at the following link


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.

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.


Upcoming Events

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

SecretaryMing 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).


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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