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 Meeting Held January 9

Nanuqsaurus of the North

The DPS met at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, January 9th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).  The main program was presented by Dr. Tony Fiorillo, VP of Research and Collections and the Chief Curator, of the Perot Museum.  He spoke on 

Catching dinosaurs in the far north: what we think we know about Arctic dinosaurs”.
Dr. Fiorillo graduated with a BS degree from Connecticut, and then earned his MS in Geology from the University of Nebraska (and later their distinguished alumnus award), researching Miocene mammal fossils from SW Nebraska.  Switching to dinosaurs, he earned his PhD in Vertebrate Paleontology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989 with a dissertation on the paleontology of the Late Cretaceous Judith River Formation of SW Montana.  Dr. Fiorillo became curator at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in 1995, and helped lead the transition of the museum to its new name and current location.  He is the co-author of “Bonebeds:  Genesis, Analysis, and Paleobiological Significance” and “Dinosaurs, The Science Behind The Stories”, many technical articles and abstracts, and the sole author of “Alaskan Dinosaurs:  An Ancient Arctic World”.

Beginning in 1998, Dr. Fiorillo has explored Alaska for dinosaur and associated fossils, including in the North Slope, Denali National Park, Aniakchak National Monument, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, and Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve.  Several specimens from this work are on display in the Perot Museum, and he and his research team were in the field again just last summer.  This was a very exciting and popular talk.

Our regular meetings are free and open to the public.  The DPS provides a main course, and members are encouraged to bring sides, salads, and deserts to share.  Everyone was welcome to bring fossils for show and tell, or for identification help, if needed.  We hope to see you next time on the second Wednesday February 13.

Presidential Award

Rachell Peterson given the 2017 President’s Award

The President’s Award is given by the DPS president to a member who helps the society significantly, while not in an officer or board position.  If you have attended any of the holiday auctions in the last several years, you will have seen Rachell Peterson hard at work.  Rachell has always had a love and passion for paleontology, geology, and archeology, but became more serious about 10 years ago.  She enjoys diving for fossils, particularly shark teeth, from some of which she makes jewelry.  In the last year, she has been very busy helping to raise her grandson, Jeremiah, and hasn’t been able to attend our regular meetings.  But she was there for the auctions when we needed her most!  As she has done for several years, she set up the computer spreadsheet, checked in the donated fossils, handed out bidding numbers, tabulated the winning bids, and helped the lucky bidders pay for their prizes.  For that service in a high pressure job, she was awarded the 2017 President’s Award.  And she was there again, working at the 2018 Auction, when we were finally able to present her the much-deserved plaque.  Thank you so much, Rachell.

- Tom Dill, DPS President (in 2017)


Photos from Field Trips 2019

 Bus Trip to Sam Noble Museum in Norman, OK. on OU Campus January 5


Fossil Bits and Pieces

Sea Monsters exhibit to open at the Smithsonian Museum this week! Follow the link below for more exciting information on this locally crafted exhibit!


The Dallas Paleontological Society has news from a recent Nebraska field trip led by Polly Mullinnex  to hunt fossils on a private ranch in the badlands of the northern part of the state.  This newspaper story is about an Oklahoma couple who went on her trip and came away with some incredible fossils.  Here is a link to the story:


Have you ever wondered what the earth looks like underground from Denton west to Bridgeport?  How about further west then east, Jacksboro to Bridgeport?  Jim Flis has made stratigraphic cross sections of those areas for local science teachers and for members of our Society.  Here is a picture of each:

Bridgeport to Denton


Jacksboro to Bridgeport

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

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).


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.

Questions For DPS?

If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to:

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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.

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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