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.
Regular Meeting Wednesday October 9
The Dallas Palaeontological Society (the British spelling is in honor of our guest) will meet next at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 9th at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). Andy Gale, University of Portsmouth, will speak on “Lower Cretaceous Dinosaurs in Southern England”. Britain is not often thought of as a dino stomping ground, but cliffs of the non-marine Wealden Group on the Isle of Wight have yielded fossils of over 30 species and abundant footprints of dinosaurs. Andy will talk about iguanodontids, Polacanthus, Hypsilophodon, Baryonyx, Neovenator and a range of sauropods, and their habitats. He will also discuss diverse smaller vertebrates, including lizards, amphibians, and mammals, that are found in clays in the Wealden.
Casts of dinosaur tracks from England’s south coast.
Dr. Gale taught geology at several colleges and the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London, and then served as Geology Chair at the University of Greenwich for 11 years, before joining the University of Portsmouth on Britain’s south coast in 2007. He is a specialist in fossil echinoderms and barnacles (subjects that he has shared before with DPS), and in Cretaceous bio- and chrono-stratigraphy. He has conducted two detailed studies of the Austin Chalk in the DFW area, and he returns for more field work (and to further his studies of micro-crinoids and barnacles).
DPS meetings are free and open to the public, and everyone is welcome. Our hospitality team provides a main course, but need help to feed all of us! Members should bring sides, desserts, or whatever they wish to share. Everyone can bring fossils for show and tell, or for identification help. We hope to see you there!
Fossil Bits and Pieces
Rio Brazos Master Naturalists, Earth Science Week event, called “Discover Earth Science” is to be held on Saturday, October 26, from 10am to 3pm at the Acton Nature Center outside of Granbury. The DPS will be represented by showing local fossils, answering questions, handing out flyers for Fossilmania and the DPS in general, and showing our new Sulphur River guidebook as well as the Fossil Collecting Guide. Here is their website: https://actonnaturecenter.org/programs-and-projects/
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 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.
Members, If you have not recieved your copy of this years "Occasional Papers" the updated edition of the "Guidebook to the North Sulphur River", Click Here to have it sent to your home ($6.00 shipping charge).
Limit one per membership.
Non-Members can purchase the book and have it sent to your home by Clicking 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).