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.
The January meeting will be held on January 11th at the traditional Brookhaven College location.
The January meeting for the DPS will be held at 7:30pm on January 11th at Brookhaven College, Building H, Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, TX 75244.
Our special speaker is Dr. Louis Jacobs, professor of geology and president of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at Southern Methodist University. Earning his BS degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, he then went to the University of Arizona for his Masters and PhD degrees, specializing in rodent fossils. He was then the head of the Division of Paleontology, National Museums of Kenya, before he began at SMU in 1983. He has branched out from rodents with studies of mosasaurs, turtles, marine mammals, and of course dinosaurs. Author of 3 popular books on dinosaurs and over 100 scientific papers, he has conducted field work in the USA, Mexico, Pakistan, Kenya, Malawi, Cameroon, Yemen, Israel, Mongolia, Angola, and even Antarctica. He has been honored by his colleagues who named seven different species after him! Dr. Jacobs has been a great friend to the DPS, serving as one of our professional technical advisors and providing a steady stream of students and colleagues with interesting research to share with us. This time he himself will speak on "A Whale of a Tale in Human Evolution". This talk highlights a rare whale fossil from Kenya, lost for over 30 years, and its significance to the uplift of east Africa and even to! the evolution of humans. Don't miss it! Thanks to the dues that members pay, DPS meetings are always free and open to the public. Bring your fossils to share, brag over, or for help with identification. We hope to see you there!
Fossil of beaked whale from Tanzania. One foot ruler for scale.
Topography (red - high, purple - low) of the East African Plateau, cut from the north to the south by the Kenya Rift and covered with volcanoes and lava flows
New 2017 Officers for the Dallas Paleo Society
Welcome to our new officers for the 2017 calendar year. New Dallas Paleo Society officers for the 2017 year that were selected in our December meeting are:
President: Tom Dill
Vice President: Shauna Young
Treasurer: David Swann
Secretary: Ming Lee (and Jordan)
Editor: Judah Epstein
Bob Williams receives the 2016 Dallas Paleontological Society Presidential Award
Bob Williams received the 2016 Dallas Paleontological Society Presidential Award from Lee Higginbotham for being "Fossil Bob" and for doing all of the things that make him "Fossil Bob." Besides giving uncredited talks to a number of smaller groups and libraries near his hometown of Valley View, Bob manages smaller field trips for small groups to certain creeks for some of our out of town visitors. Bob was the DPS rep in charge for 2015 and 2016 FOSSILMANIA, in Glen Rose. Bob, along with some other members, helped two groups of professional paleontologists with the collection of Pennsylvanian fossils this fall. Paleontologists from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee in North Carolina and from Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany are grateful for his assistance along with significant others from DPS. Bob has made displays for DPS which we use as part of our outreach via Promotions. Bob is one more of our unsung heroes.
2016 Christmas Auction
The 2016 Christmas auction was a great success.
Xiphactinus Set Free
Our own Rocky Manning, with help from many others, has been extracting a Xiphactinus, found just west of the Lewisville dam. Rocky will be writing a report for the newsletter and website with full details shortly, but here are a few photos.
Webinar on Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009
The iDigBio Paleo Data and Digitization Working Group is hosting a webinar led by Dr. Scott Foss, Bureau of Land Management Senior Paleontologist. The Webinar will provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA). The webinar will be held on January 19, 2017 at 2-3PM CST. To attend the webinar, navigate to click here, enter your name, and sign in as guest.
The Department of the Interior proposed regulation under PRPA was published in the Federal Register on December 7th. The proposed regulation will be available for public inspection and comment until Monday, February 6, 2017. Those desiring to make comment may navigate to click here for links to the proposed rule and other helpful documents, or navigate directly to the Federal Register at click here and search for Regulation Identification Number 1093-AA16.
Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum Sept 17th - Feb 19th
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Don’t forget it also provides a unique family outing during the holidays! See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly. Click here for important tips and visitor guidelines. Additional information coming soon.
Life Size Animatronic Dinosaurs
New Prehistoric Bird Species Discovered
An artist’s rendering of Tingmiatornis arctica, a newly discovered prehistoric bird that could fly and dive and had teeth. Credit Michael Osadciw/University of Rochester
The North Pole wasn’t always a winter wonderland. Rewind 90 million years, and scientists think it was probably as warm as parts of Florida.
A new clue supporting that idea is a fossilized wing bone belonging to a newly discovered prehistoric bird found in the Canadian Arctic. The duck-size creature looked like a cross between a sea gull and a cormorant, but with a beak full of teeth. It could both fly and dive, and it most likely lived alongside turtles, crocodile-like reptiles and a whole lot of fish.
A Good Read
The January 2017 issue of Scientific American has an excellent article on the evolution of birds. Titled "Taking Wing," it discusses how Paleontologists are taking advantage of the many new fossil discoveries of feathered dinosaurs from China and elsewhere to reconstruct how the bird body has evolved.
Arlington Archosaur Site Now with Perot Museum
The Arlington Archosaur Site is now fully integrated into the Perot Museum volunteer system. All digs will be organized through the museum, and overseen by Dr. Noto and trained museum staff from the Paleo Lab. In order to become a dig volunteer at the AAS you will need to submit an application through the museum website (http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/Volunteer/index.html). Eventually there will be a separate application for the AAS, but for now make sure to add "AAS fossil dig volunteer" in the notes section at the bottom of the application. You will also need to pass a background check and submit a resume. These materials will be reviewed in 1-2 weeks and if space is available you will be invited to attend a 1.5 hour onboarding/orientation session at the museum. These steps are all required before anyone may participate in a dig. If you are currently a Perot volunteer contact the Volunteer Services office about attending one of the onboarding sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer office at email@example.com.
New "Documents and Resources" page.
We now have a "Documents and Resources" page on our website for members who need to see past presentations or want information the society has collected. As we get documents of interest we will post them to the page. We already have 5 postings including the presentation from last months meeting when Bill Morgan spoke on Texas Cretaceous Echinoids. Check out the page by clicking the Documents and Resources link under the "Members Only Content" under the "Home" button, or Click Here.
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?
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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 7:30 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).