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.
December 14th Meeting To Be Held at a Different Location
DALLAS PALEO SOCIETY IS MOVING FOR DECEMBER ONLY!
JUST DECEMBER! WE WILL NOT BE AT BROOKHAVEN ON DECEMBER 14TH!
THE DECEMBER CHRISTMAS PARTY AND AUCTION WILL BE 3 MILES WEST OF OUR REGULAR LOCATION AT 2280 SPRINGLAKE ROAD FARMERS BRANCH AT THE SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.
HOW TO GET THERE? FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS ON YOUR PHONE AFTER ENTERING 2280 SPRINGLAKE FARMERS BRANCH OR COME TO BROOKHAVEN (WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T BE) AND THEN GET ON VALLEY VIEW AND GO WEST ABOUT THREE MILES, PAST MARSH LANE, PAST WEBB CHAPEL, PAST JOSEY, UNDER AND PAST I-35E, THEN TAKE A LEFT (SOUTH) ON VALLEY BRANCH LANE (SEARS OUTLET AND A TRAFFIC LIGHT), GO ONE BLOCK AND SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU WITH LARGE WHITE SIGNAGE THAT SAYS SPRINGLAKE EVENT CENTER.
Click here for a map of the location.
Officers Slate for Elections at December Meeting
New officers nominated by the nominating committee for the 2017 year are as follows:
President: Tom Dill
Vice President: Shawna Young
Treasurer: David Swann
Secretary: Ming Lee (and Jordan)
Editor: Judah Epstein
We will be electing officers at the December meeting. Be sure to be there.
Buy DPS Books Online For Christmas Gifts
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.
99 Million Year Old Amber Proves Some Dinosaurs Had Feathers
Scientists have discovered a feathered dinosaur tail trapped in a piece of 99-million-year-old amber, bought from an amber market in Myanmar. The specimen is definitive proof that two-legged dinosaurs like Tyrannosaurus rex had bird-like feathers.
While a dinosaur-era feather had been found embedded in amber in 2011 and again in June 2016, those small specimens preserved just isolated plumage, so researchers were not able to say with certainty whether it belonged to an ancient bird or a dinosaur. The most recent find has preserved the animal’s tail: eight pieces of vertebrae covered with soft tissue and plumage. From CT scans and microscopic observation, paleontologists concluded the amber dates back 99 million years, to the mid-Cretaceous period, and the tail belonged to a dinosaur, and not a prehistoric bird.
The research, published today in the journal Current Biology, is based on a piece of amber spotted and purchased in 2015 by Lida Xing, from the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, at an amber market near Myitkyina, in the Kachin State of northeastern Myanmar.
For More information click here.
Arlington Archosaur Site Now with Perot Museum
The Arlington Archosaur Site is now fully integrated into the Perot Museum volunteer system. All digs will be organized through the museum, and overseen by Dr. Noto and trained museum staff from the Paleo Lab. In order to become a dig volunteer at the AAS you will need to submit an application through the museum website (http://www.perotmuseum.org/about-the-perot/Volunteer/index.html). Eventually there will be a separate application for the AAS, but for now make sure to add "AAS fossil dig volunteer" in the notes section at the bottom of the application. You will also need to pass a background check and submit a resume. These materials will be reviewed in 1-2 weeks and if space is available you will be invited to attend a 1.5 hour onboarding/orientation session at the museum. These steps are all required before anyone may participate in a dig. If you are currently a Perot volunteer contact the Volunteer Services office about attending one of the onboarding sessions. If you have any questions, please contact the volunteer office at email@example.com.
Dinosaurs Live at the Heard Museum Sept 17th - Feb 19th
Encounter the 46-foot T-Rex and nine new life-size animatronic dinosaurs along the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary’s nature trails at the 11th annual Dinosaurs Live! Life-size Animatronic Dinosaurs exhibit. The exhibit always gives families and friends a fun, educational activity to enjoy together. Don’t forget it also provides a unique family outing during the holidays! See the dinosaurs move and hear them roar! Photo op and play area dinosaurs will be available as well. The dinosaur trail is jogging stroller friendly. Click here for important tips and visitor guidelines. Additional information coming soon.
Life Size Animatronic Dinosaurs
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).
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.
Ash Grove Field Trip December 10th
Ash Grove Quarry. 900 Gifco Road, Midlothian TX. Saturday, December 10th, 8 am. This is a members only trip and limited to 25 people. The quarry is located in the Austin Chalk-Eagle Ford Shale contact zone northwest of Midlothian. Target finds are marine vertebrate: Cretodus, Ptychodus, Squalicorax and other shark teeth. Other possibilities include occasional mosasaur, turtle and fish material. . I would like to remind everyone to wear closed toe shoes (ankle high boots are best). You will also need a rock hammer and collection bags (plastic bags are fine). Contact Polly firstname.lastname@example.org 903 916-0083
Directions: US 67 South, just north of Midlothian exit towards Midlothian Pkway/Dove Lane, make right on Gifco Road. (You will be able to see quarry). Meet at the last parking lot off Gifco on your right just pass a tire recycle center.
Horseshoe Bend Field Trip Dec 17th
Horseshoe Bend Field Trip*
Saturday, December 17
by: Roger Farish
At the west end of Lake Texoma is a horseshoe shaped bend in the Red River (see any area map.) On the Oklahoma side of this bend are three tall, steep bluffs exposing the Duck Creek Formation. In the past we’ve found both the keeled and non-keeled ammonites near water level, including the hernia-sized Eopachydiscus, plenty of oysters and echinoids and even a few shark teeth. Depending on how intent your collecting is you will probably need the heaviest of tools (hammers and chisels) to liberate an ammonite from its limestone resting place. Sturdy boots are also a must. You may also want to consider some means of getting your 40# ammonite back up the hill.
There is a steep, rough 4-wheeler road down to the river from the parking area that’s on top of the first bluff. The hike down to the river is arduous and not for the physically challenged. Some 5-gallon buckets will be provided.
Meet at the Oklahoma Tourist Bureau Rest Stop that’s a few miles into Oklahoma from Texas on the northbound side of I-35 at 9AM Saturday morning, December 17. Consult your navigation utility to see how long it may take you to get there since where you live in the Metroplex will determine how long it may take. Alternately, a few of us are meeting at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Denton on the east side of I-35 just north of Hwy. 380 (University Dr.), just as you’re heading north out of Denton, at 7:30AM. No need for reservation or sign-up for the trip, just be either of these two meeting places when you’re supposed to be there. Roger’s cell phone is 972-898- 2700, but please plan ahead to join us for access to this seldom-collected site. We’ll be accessing the river through very private land so respect must be on the forefront. Hopefully, we’ll have a special lunch treat and more collecting in the afternoon?
*This trip happening is dependent on the water level of the Red River. If headwater rains intensify, the trip could be postponed. We also need tolerable weather conditions on that Saturday. So, EVERYONE, before you head out for the trip, check the Paleo HotLine 817-355- 4693 to make sure the trip is a GO. The HotLine will be updated no later than Wednesday evening ahead of that Saturday. This is the link to the Red River gauging station at Gainesville: http://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/ok/nwis/rt . Hover over the green dot that reads, ‘Red River near Gainesville.’ We would like the level to be as low as possible – below 6’.
Donations Needed for December Auction
We need donations of your most fabulous fossils and related items for our annual auction to be held at the December meeting. Give them to Polly, or contact her at 903-916-0083 or email at email@example.com
Whiteside Museum to Hold Teacher Workshops this fall
Location: Whiteside Museum of Natural History, Seymour, Texas
Date: Fall 2016 (Specific dates to be determined)
Chris Flis, Director of the Whiteside Museum is offering a wonderful opportunity for teachers. This fall he will be conducting weekend workshops exclusively for educators. This is a rare opportunity to work and learn at the famous Permian fossil sites in Seymour. Groups will be limited to five or six and those attending will participate in field work as well as fossil prep in the lab. The workshops are free, but transportation, lodging, and meals, will be the responsibility of the participant.
We are currently looking for individuals who may be interested in attending. If you think you would like to attend one of the workshops, please contact Darlene Sumerfelt at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am now compiling a list of those interested. You will receive more information when the workshops are scheduled. You can then decide if you will definitely attend.
I encourage anyone who is interested to visit the museum’s website at www.whitesidemuseum.org.
New "Documents and Resources" page.
We now have a "Documents and Resources" page on our website for members who need to see past presentations or want information the society has collected. As we get documents of interest we will post them to the page. We already have 5 postings including the presentation from last months meeting when Bill Morgan spoke on Texas Cretaceous Echinoids. Check out the page by clicking the Documents and Resources link under the "Members Only Content" under the "Home" button, or Click Here.
Questions For DPS?
If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to: