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.
Next Meeting - Wednesday, February 10th
Our next Regular Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 10th, at 7:30 PM at Brookhaven College, Bldg H., Rm #126, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Our speaker will be Dr. Robert Finkelman of the UT Dallas Department of Geosciences, who will speak on “Coal in Texas: Past, Present and Future: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. Dr. Finkelman holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and is a internationally recognized expert on coal chemistry and the environmental and health effects of coal. Before teaching and research at UT Dallas, Dr. Finkelman worked for the US Geological Survey and Exxon Production Research. In addition to coal being full of fossils, we should all be informed about coal and its role in our energy needs, environment, and health. We hope to see you at this interesting meeting!
Location of Brookhaven College Map of Campus
Ash Grove Quarry Field Trip
Report by Polly Mullinex
Our arrival, at Ashgrove Quarry, was greeted by cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 30’s. Luckily after an hour or so sky’s cleared offering up a beautiful day for fossil hunting. The area usually hunted, by guests, was now a lake, due to all the rain in the last month, so we were directed to a new location. This section of the quarry was not as productive but still offered up some really nice finds. John Love, a new member, found a set of vertebra from a very small fish, Alycia Peavy found a weighty piece of crystal and a fish jaw fragment. Tom Dill found a Ptychodus and several other shark teeth while still in the parking area. For those whose day wasn’t very productive the wonderful weather still made for a pleasant outing.
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Dr. Louis Jacobs and Dr. Bonnie Jacobs to Present on February 3
At the February 3, 2016, North Texas Master Naturalists chapter meeting SMU’s esteemed professors Dr. Louis Jacobs (DPS Advisor) and Dr. Bonnie Jacobs will present “The Long and Short of the Trinity River in North Texas”. Tom Green is a graduate student of Dr. Bonnie Jacobs and he will present his research on vegetation change over the past 10,000 years in North Central Texas along the Trinity River.
For More Info Click Here
North Texas Mammoth On Display at Perot Museum
The 40,000 year old Colombian Mammoth was unearthed in an Ellis County sand/gravel pit in May of 2014, and quickly named after the county and month of her discovery.
Click Here to see the video.
122 foot Dinosaur debuts at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City
On Friday, the museum will unveil the cast of a 122-foot long dinosaur whose remains belong to a group known as titanosaurs, and that is one of the largest dinosaurs ever found.
Click Here for the whole story, video and pictures.
By Stuart Miller, New York Times
Photos by Brian Harkin, New York Times
Monster 30-foot ancient crocodile discovered by scientists
Today's crocodiles may seem fearsome, but an even bigger and predatory version of the animal is believed to have lived on Earth about 130 million years ago. Click Here to see the video.
Article from www.msn.com
2016 DPS Field Trips
Polly has just announced a tentative field trip schedule for the beginning of 2016. Here are the tentative dates so far:
Upcoming trips for 2016 (dates tentative)
Check out our calendar for more events and trips in the upcoming months. We have over 60 events and trips posted for 2016 already.
Waco Mammoth National Monument Article
The Waco Mammoth Site (now established as the Waco Mammoth National Monument) has been the subject of an article in Texas Highways magazine. The magazine is currently available in stores such as Brookshires, Barnes & Noble, etc. It is a nice write up with illustrations and involves an interview with Raegan King, director of the site.
The site is also the subject of a National Geographic article in this months issue.
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.
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).
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Courses Offered by Coursea
There are two new online classes offered by Coursera that are paleontology related. These are free and even though they are offered by a university you don't need to be a scholar or have prevoius courses to benefit from them.https://www.coursera.org/learn/ancient-marine-reptiles https://www.coursera.org/learn/theropods-birds
Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles from University of Alberta. Palaeontology: Ancient Marine Reptiles is a four-lesson course teaching a comprehensive…