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 Monthly Meeting Held January 8
Hominins of South Africa
The DPS met at 7 PM on Wednesday, January 8th, at Brookhaven College Geotechnical Institute (Building H of Brookhaven College, at 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). The main program was presented by Dr. Becca Peixotto of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, speaking on “Fossils of Our Relatives: Recent Discoveries in South Africa”.
The 2013 discovery of hominin fossils 30m underground in a remote chamber of the Rising Star cave system in South Africa sent ripples through the field of paleoanthropology and our understanding of human origins. Dr. Peixotto, one of the original excavators of Homo naledi, shared the adventure of working on the far side of an 18cm-wide gap, the implications of finding a ‘new’ 250,000 year old ancient human relative, and some exciting discoveries about Australopithecus sediba and Homo naledi. Thanks to a collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and National Geographic, fossils of Homo naledi and the 2 million year old Australopithecus sediba are showcased in the exhibit “Origins: Fossils from the Cradle of Humankind” at the Perot Museum through March 22, 2020. This is the first time the original fossils have been on display outside South Africa, and Dallas is their only stop.
DPS meetings are free and open to the public. Members are invited to bring packaged salads, sides, snacks, and desserts to share. Many people bring fossils to show or for help with identification.
DPS Recommends a Perot Visit for you!
Fossil Bits and Pieces
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 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.
Dues pay for: food and drinks at the monthly meetings, refreshments on field trips, scholarships, and professional speakers for special meetings.
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.
Members, If you have not recieved your copy of this year's "Occasional Papers" the updated edition of the "Guidebook to the North Sulphur River", Click Here to have it sent to your home ($6.00 shipping charge).
Limit one per membership.
Non-Members can purchase the book and have it sent to your home by Clicking Here
DPS Officers for 2020
The results of the election of officers for 2020 are:President: Philip Scoggins
Vice President: Estee Easley
Fossil Record Editor: Diane Tran
Treasurer: Paul Lowers
Secretary: Kim Pervis
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).