Welcome to the Dallas Paleo Website

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.

April 8 Meeting--Virtual

View from collecting locality on Kiahera Hill of volcanoes of Rusinga Island

Like Being There

The DPS will meet next at 7pm on Wednesday, April 8th … at your house!  Or wherever you have a good internet connection.  Due to the coronavirus, the DPS cannot have a face-to-face, physical meeting.  Instead we will hold an online meeting using software called Zoom.  One benefit of this inconvenience is that more people can attend, and none of us have to drive!

Before our meeting, create a free Zoom account at https://zoom.us (it will send a confirmation email before you can continue).  It will then install Zoom.us on your computer (Mac, PC, or Linux).  If you want to use a phone or tablet, you can get the Zoom app from the iOS or Android app store.  After Zoom is installed, click on this link a few minutes before 7pm Central Time on Wednesday, April 8th:


If that does not connect you to our meeting, you can join our meeting by entering the meeting ID of 189 160 548 and password of 034276.  During the meeting, you can choose to turn on or off the your video and microphone feeds, so you can be as quiet and invisible as you want to be.

Aly Baumgartner will speak on "What fossil leaves tell us about the paleoclimate and paleoenvironment of the early Miocene Hiwegi Formation, Rusinga Island, Kenya".  Aly is a PhD candidate, and the recipient of a DPS scholarship, at the Department of Geosciences at Baylor University.  She earned her BS from the University of Michigan and an MS in Biology from East Tennessee State University.  Rusinga Island is in the Kenya portion of Lake Victoria, and is a very important site for fossils of early man.

Fossil leaves from E Miocene Hiwegi Fm, Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya

Free Zoom meetings are normally limited to 40 minutes, so we have scheduled a second online meeting for 7:40pm.  Here is the link and information for that second Zoom meeting:


The meeting ID is 569 869 059 and the password is 096814.  We will switch over to the second meeting ONLY if our time runs out in the first meeting.  In our tests, Zoom graciously extended our time past 40 minutes, so we will probably just continue with the first meeting.  In either case, our speaker can finish up, the audience can ask questions (using audio or online chat), and we will have announcements, news, and reports.

DPS meetings have always been free and open to the public.  Now more than ever.  We usually provide food and beverages at our meetings, but this one is strictly bring-your-own.  Perhaps another benefit to online meetings - you can drink!  We hope to see you there, virtually.

Earth X Volunteers Needed!

EarthX - 50 Year Anniversary of Earth Day

In the 1960s, Americans began to become concerned about the environment, especially after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published in 1962.  The idea of Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat of Wisconsin, who enlisted Representative Pete McCloskey, Republican from California, to serve as co-chair.  They chose April 22, 1970, between Spring Break and Final Exams, to allow as many colleges and students to participate.  The event was a great success, but it did not repeat yearly.  It returned in 1990, and eventually became a yearly event.  Now, 50 years later, Americans, and even more so the world, are as concerned about the environment as ever before.

In Dallas, developer Trammell Crow founded Earth Day Texas in 2011 as a local environmental exposition tied with Earth Day.  The event’s name was changed to EarthX in 2018, and DPS exhibited at the expo in 2017 and 2018.  This year we will exhibit again, and we need some help.  Contact Tom Dill, DPS Programs Chair, at programs@dallaspaleo.org to sign up for a 4 hour session at our table.  The event will be held Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26, from 10am to 6pm, in Fair Park in Dallas.  The event is free if you pre-register (although parking is not, so carpooling or DART are great green and cheap options).  Even if you can’t help out at our table, we hope you can attend.

Why should DPS exhibit at EarthX, at a reduce, reuse, recycle king of event?  Because earth science is a fundamental part of Earth Day.  Paleontology is the history of life on earth, and therefore the history of the environment.  As fossil enthusiasts, we collect evidence that the environment has changed over time on earth, and life has evolved, resulting in great changes in the world.  We can see that the earth has not always been this way, and is always changing.  We also know that the certain organisms have caused great changes on earth.  Such as photosynthetic bacteria (thanks for the O2, guys!), land plants, angiosperms (at about the time of our local Woodbine Formation), then grasses.  Think of trilobites, termites, then ants.  Mounds of carbonate were first deposited by cyanobacteria, then reefs built by sponges and corals, then those weird rudists that mystify us, then back to a different group of corals.  They all changed earth.  Now it is clear that we are changing the earth, too.  But perhaps too much and too rapidly for our own good.  Those coral reefs are declining rapidly due to warming and acidification of the water (the acid is from much of our CO2 emissions dissolving in the oceans).

This will be a great event to meet lots of people who love the earth, are worried about the environment, are curious about their world, and enjoy being outside.  We have a lot in common with the over 160,000 people and 700 exhibitors that will attend this event.  No one likes to see litter, least of all us fossil collectors who wade the creeks and walk the road sides.  They like clean air and water, public land to roam, and science education, and above all appreciate the earth.  We will show those folks a bit of the ancient history of earth so they can appreciate that, too.

DPS Recommends a Perot Visit for you!

Fossil Bits and Pieces

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 Paleontograph back issues are now available at the following link


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!

                                        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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.


Upcoming Events

Now Available!

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 2020

The results of the election of officers for 2020 are:  

President:  Philip Scoggins 

Vice PresidentEstee Easley

Fossil Record Editor: Diane Tran

Treasurer:  Paul Lowers

SecretaryKim Pervis                        

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).


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.

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.

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Who we are

The DPS is a group of professional and amateur paleontologists that want to exchange information, interact, and continue their education in paleontology.  We meet once a month on the second Wednesday evening of the month at Brookhaven College, Building H.

Mailing address: 

Dallas Paleontological Society 
P.O. Box 223846 Dallas, Texas 75222-3846

What we do

Do you have a question? If you have a fossil you cannot identify, or need a site investigation, contact the Fossil Bureau of Investigation for help.

Contact Us at 817-355-4693.


Why join us

We have fun.

We learn stuff.

We go cool places.

We find interesting things.

We make new friends.

Visiting Researcher Program

The Dallas Paleontological Society (DPS) offers local logistical assistance to professionals/academics conducting research in the North Central Texas area.  Assistance may include the loan of tools, but is not financial.  Past projects have included providing transportation to field sites, assistance in locating particular fossils or outcrops of a particular formation, field collection and excavation.     If you are interested in assistance, please contact the DPS President at president@dallaspaleo.org

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