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.
January 13 Regular Meeting on ZOOM
Naming the Beasts
The DPS met online via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13th. We began at 6:30pm Central Time for informal chat and show-and-tell of fossils. The formal meeting started at 7:00pm. The main presentation was by Dr. Louis Jacobs, Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences at Southern Methodist University, on “Nine Eponyms: Stories Behind the Names”.
After a short stint in offshore seismic work and the merchant marine, Lou Jacobs received his BS in 1970 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and then his MS in 1973 and PhD in 1977 from the University of Arizona. He then served as geologist for the US Geological Survey and as Research Paleontologist for the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff. He became the head of the paleontology division at the National Museum of Kenya in 1981, beginning a lifelong interest in the paleontology and anthropology of Africa. In 1983, he moved to Southern Methodist University, advancing from Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences (and Adjunct in the Department of Anthropology) to full professor in 1992. In 2000, he also became President of the Institute for the Study of Earth and Man at SMU.
Dr. Jacobs has promoted the interaction between amateur and professional paleontologists by serving as one of the faculty advisors for the DPS for many years, and speaking to the society on many occasions. The DPS has given scholarships to many of his students, who have also given presentations at our meetings. In addition to many scientific papers, posters, and abstracts, he has also written two books, Quest for the African Dinosaurs and Lone Star Dinosaurs, for the general public. He served as president of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology from 1996-98, and helped bring their 75th annual meeting to Dallas in 2015. Dr. Jacobs’ colleagues have recognized him by naming nine species of fossils after him, which he told us about in his talk.
Dallas Library and DPS
The Dallas Library’s Podcast on Natural Dallas (P.O.N.D.) Annual Community Nature Expo includes a video featuring the DPS. Please watch all the videos for some interesting things to do and learn about in the outside world. Visit http://dallaslibrary2.org/pond/ for the videos.
Fossil Bits and Pieces
We at SMU prepared a short video about the Smithsonian exhibit, "Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas," that has been posted on the Embassy of Angola in the United States website (https://angola.org) and on the Embassy Facebook page. To see it, click on the link (https://angola.org), which will take you to the website. The video is playing without sound on the banner. Scroll down to Highlights and you will see a photo of a fossil. Click on that photo and you will see the video with sound and Portuguese captioning on the Embassy Facebook page. Attached is an information sheet about the exhibit, prepared for the Angolan Embassy. If you would like the video with English captioning, just let me know. Enjoy!
Louis Jacobs, DPS Advisor jacobs@mail.SMU.edu
NMNH Notice and Links_July 2020.docx (This will download to your computer to view.)
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 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 only 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 for a limited time 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.
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 2021
The results of the election of officers for 2021 are:President: Estee Easley
Vice President: Kate Fenton
Fossil Record Editor: Diane Tran
Treasurer: Pam Lowers
Secretary: Genevieve Freix
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 (Paleontologists 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.
About Us and Our Monthly Meetings
The Dallas Paleontological Society normally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM.