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 Monthly Meeting Held June 12
How are fossils prepared for a major museum exhibition? We heard about this at our DPS meeting held on Wednesday, June 12th at Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). Bill Johnson, Rocky Manning, Wayne Furstenwerth, and Bill Stenberg spoke on “Sea Monsters Unearthed at the Smithsonian; how DPS members contributed”.
Bill Johnson has a MS in Architectural Engineering and is a consultant in acoustics. He joined DPS in 2006 after volunteering in the DMNH prep lab, which led to prepping also for SMU. He served as newsletter editor and contributed to otherDPS publications. He worked on many parts of the Angola exhibit, especially the replicated Globidens skull. He discussed the “in situ” exhibit, a replica of the bones, including stomach contents, as they were in the field.
Rocky is a charter member of the DPS, past president, volunteer in many capacities, and hosted our monthly business meeting for over a decade. He is the leader of our FBI (Fossil Bureau of Investigation) group that evaluates and then excavates important finds for local museums. He volunteers in the Perot Museum and SMU fossil prep labs, where he scanned bones and casts to create 3D printed missing bones for the final mosasaur display specimen.
Wayne attended North Texas State U in the 70s and has worked in the structural steel industry for 40 years. He got involved in paleontology 11 years ago, starting on the Ovilla mosasaur with the DMNH (Dallas Museum of Natural History, now the Perot), followed by SMU digs. He built an elaborate prep lab in his garage, a micro blast station there, and a larger one for SMU. He convinced Hiliti Corp to donate about $16,000 worth of tools and equipment to SMU.
Bill Stenberg is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M dental college. He has received many degrees: dentistry from the U of the Pacific San Francisco, periodontics from Loma Linda University, MS in Public Health from California College for Health Sciences, and MS in Biology Education from Northeastern State U of Oklahoma. His research interests include the anatomy of the face and mouth in mammals and reptiles.
Our meetings are free and open to the public. The DPS hospitality team provides a main course and a few sides, but need help to feed all of us! Members could bring whatever they wanted to share. Everyone could bring their fossil finds to show and ask for identification help if needed.
Arizona (Tucson) Gem, Mineral, Fossil Show
Dealers come from all over the world to Tucson every year. Dates for 2019 were: Feb. 2 to Feb.16. Roger Farish has put together a slide show of the sites and fossils that can be found there. If you are interested in viewing the show, it is on YouTube at this link:
This is just an example of the paleo treasures that can be found in 400 dealer locations.
www.mineralshowslld.com is the company that produces and manages the Tucson show.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
The National Park Service is seeking a paleontologist at Waco Mammoth National Monument in Waco, Texas. This GS-11 position will oversee the management of a remarkable and singular collection of paleontological resources, which includes the remains of the world's only known nursery herd of Columbian mammoths.
Waco Mammoth National Monument is one of the newest units of the national park system. The site, which became a national monument in 2015, is a partnership park. Park partners include the National Park Service, City of Waco, Baylor University, and the non-profit Waco Mammoth Foundation.
For more information and to apply for the paleontologist position, visit:
The announcement will close on June 24 or after the first 100 applications have been received, which may be sooner than the closing date.
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.
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.
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).