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 Program Held May 8
Tales that Teeth Tell
We met at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, May 8th at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). John Fortner, DPS scholarship recipient at Southern Methodist University, spoke on “Assessing Diagenetic Conditions in the Late Triassic Chinle Formation through Petrographic and Geochemical Analysis of Phytosaur Teeth”. Phytosaurs were reptiles, closely related to archosaurs, and looked somewhat like crocodylians. They are the most abundant vertebrate fossils at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona.
John graduated from Texas Tech in 2015 with a BS in Geology, having worked in Dr. Lehman’s fossil prep lab on hadrosaur and theropod dinosaurs from Big Bend National Park. His undergrad research project was on the anatomy and classification of a troodontid theropod from Big Bend. He will graduate this August with an MS in Geology from Southern Methodist University with Dr. Neil Tabor as advisor. He is planning to pursue a PhD at the Integrative Anatomy and Pathobiology Department at the University of Missouri under Dr. Casey Holliday, where he will study seasonal isotopic cyclicity, metabolism, and ontogeny of extinct and extant alligatoroids.
DPS meetings are free and open to the public. Our hospitality team provided a main course and a few sides, but need help to feed all of us! Members brought shareable food - vegetables, sides, salads, chips, crackers, desserts, or treats. Everyone was welcome to bring their fossils for show and tell, or for identification help. We hope you will join us at our next monthly meeting Wednesday, June 12.
Dinosaurs & Meteorites, A Flash From The Past
Shared with us by the Sherman Museum, Sherman, TX
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 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).