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.
February Regular Meeting Held on ZOOM
The last meeting of the DPS was Wednesday, February 10th, online on Zoom. We began at 6:30pm central time for informal chat and show-and-tell of fossils, and the formal meeting started at 7:00pm.The main presentation was given by Jennifer Wagner, formerly of Baylor University, on “Plant community change across the Paleocene-Eocene Boundary in the Gulf Coastal Plain, central Texas”.
Jenn received a scholarship from the DPS for this research to earn her Masters Degree from Baylor University under Dr. Dan Peppe, after getting her BS in Biology from the U of Central Arkansas. Now she is studying for her Ph.D. under Dr. CIndy Looy at the University of California Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology. We were delighted to be able to have her back via Zoom.
The Paleocene and Eocene Wilcox and Claiborne Groups of East Texas and the Gulf Coast contain abundant sandstones that form oak-covered hills, the Post Oak Belt, across East and Central Texas. The sandstones and interbedded shales contain plant fossils, including coal and petrified wood. Jenn studied pollen, leaves, and wood from the Calvert Bluff, Sabinetown, and Carrizo Sands around the Bastrop area, to show that warming during the Paleogene helped create a paratropical climate belt that extended north into the mid-latitudes. This culminated in the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum, one of the most dramatic and rapid climate change events, before the current human-caused global warming.
Dallas Library and DPS
The Dallas Library’s Podcast on Natural Dallas (P.O.N.D.) Annual Community Nature Expo includes a video featuring the DPS. Please watch all the videos for some interesting things to do and learn about in the outside world. Visit http://dallaslibrary2.org/pond/ for the videos.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
We at SMU prepared a short video about the Smithsonian exhibit, "Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas," that has been posted on the Embassy of Angola in the United States website (https://angola.org) and on the Embassy Facebook page. To see it, click on the link (https://angola.org), which will take you to the website. The video is playing without sound on the banner. Scroll down to Highlights and you will see a photo of a fossil. Click on that photo and you will see the video with sound and Portuguese captioning on the Embassy Facebook page. Attached is an information sheet about the exhibit, prepared for the Angolan Embassy. If you would like the video with English captioning, just let me know. Enjoy!
Louis Jacobs, DPS Advisor jacobs@mail.SMU.edu
NMNH Notice and Links_July 2020.docx (This will download to your computer to view.)
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.
To see the flier for Discover Earth Science, click here to download their PDF document.
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 only 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 for a limited time 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.
Copies can be purchased at monthly meetings for instant gratification. Or the book can be purchased and shipped to your home by Clicking Here
DPS Officers for 2021
The results of the election of officers for 2021 are:President: Estée Easley
Vice President: Kate Fenton
Fossil Record Editor: Diane Tran
Treasurer: Pam Lowers
Secretary: Genevieve Freix
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 (Paleontologists In Training).
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.
About Us and Our Monthly Meetings
The Dallas Paleontological Society normally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.