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.

Regular May DPS Meeting

                                             NEWS RELEASE – EARTH EXTINCTION EVENTS

Contact:  John Moffitt - (713) 478-4555; jmoffitt.hou@gmail.com

   Wednesday, May 9th: Dallas Paleo Society Held our Meeting at Brookhaven College, Building H

Earth Extinction Events” allows us to take a look at the very big picture on Earth during our last three orbits around the Milky Way galaxy … and even a bit into the future. Many are familiar with theories of a very few recent extinction events, but less are aware that Earth’s past is filled with a far more complex pattern of extinction events and probabilities. Geologist, paleontologist and astrophysicist John Moffitt examined paleogeography and astrophysics in the context of our complex solar system. We learned how life on Earth has been significantly affected by the geometry and violence in our very crowded solar neighborhood. John opened our eyes, allowing all of us to see how fluid and fragile conditions are for life on Earth and just how dangerous a universe we live in.

Information on John Moffitt


John Moffitt is a Theoretical Astrophysicist by education and an Earth Scientist for most of his career, working in the oil business for over 50 years. He’s been a geologist, geophysicist, palaeontologist, petrophysicist, and exploration manager … and recently managed engineers designing the next generation of drilling machines. A volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science since the mid 70’s, in 1995 John helped to curate a special exhibit at the HMNS called, “Ancient Creatures, Ancient Seas”. John is a past member of the AAPG, SEG, SEPM, Houston Geological Society, and is a past president of the Houston Gem and Mineral Society. He leads paleontological field trips around the world and continues to take a group of fourth graders on a paleontological trip across time and across Texas each year in the spring. A past International Director for Toastmasters, he lectures, cartoons and writes frequently in the Sciences, and was inducted into the National Rockhound & Lapidary Hall of Fame in 2002 for his work in paleontology and working with children on Earth Science education.

Field Trip Sign-Up Changes!! Please Read!

The DPS has implemented a new, more modern, efficient, procedure for field trips’ sign-up and other special event registrations. All sign-ups will be done through the DPS website (https://www.dallaspaleo.org) for future DPS trips/Events. The date for the trips/Events will be announced on the website and a sign-up date will also be posted.  Some trips are for Members Only, some are Open to anyone, some are Adults Only, some allow kids and some are limited in number of attendees because of site location requirements.

To Register for a trip or Event, go to the Event List and click on the blue underlined name of the Event OR you can also go to the Calendar, find the name of the trip/Event, click on the blue underlined name for the Event, and click on the button that says REGISTER.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page with your personal information on it and click on the button that says NEXT. At the bottom of the next page is a blue button on the right side that says CONFIRM.  When you click on that button, a new page with the trip/Event basic information comes up and your name.  Then you have completed the Registration process.

If a field trip is FULL a waiting list will be started. A confirmation email will be sent to Members to remind them of the NEW field trip date. If there are cancellations, names from the wait-list will be used in the order they were received, to fill the empty slots. 

Phone calls, texts  and/or emails will not be accepted any longer for field trips (or events asking for registrations).

 If emergencies arise and members who have signed up, find they cannot attend, please go to your Profile on the DPS  website.  There you will see the Events you are registered for and then remove your name. 

If you cannot attend, please cancel your Registration as soon as possible, so that someone else might attend. 

Thanks and happy fossil hunting!

DPS Officers for 2018

The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:

President:  Tom Dill                                       

Vice President:  Judi Altstatt

Secretary:  Ming and Jordan Lee

Treasurer: Pam Lowers

Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley

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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.


Upcoming Events

Martin Marrietta Quarry Field Trip -Rescheduled

The Adult Members-Only field trip to Martin Marietta Quarry has been rescheduled for June 23.  

This trip is almost full.

A wait-list will be started when the trip is full.

If you cannot attend on the new date, please go to your profile on this website and remove your name from the field trip list, so that another Member may attend. 

Any cancellations after Registration will be filled with the Waiting List names in the order that they were received.

 Additional registration will start May 5 through June 16.


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).


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.

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.

What we do

If you have a question, if you have a fossil that 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.

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