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.

Next Meeting Wednesday Sept 13th, at Brookhaven

Back to Brookhaven!

 The next meeting of the Dallas Paleo Society will be at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, September 13th at our usual meeting place, Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute.  Our webmaster, Rodney Wise, will give a brief demonstration on how to update your profile on the DPS web page, including adding your photograph so we will know what you look like.  Our main speaker will be Dr. Lynn Millwood, Professor of Geology at Mountain View College.  She will speak on radiometric age dating.  If you have ever struggled to understand this important age dating technique, this talk will start with the basics.  She will even give us a worksheet to calculate our very own dates!  So you don't even have to bring a date to the meeting, let alone one of appropriate age ;).  But DO bring side dishes, desserts, chips, and any other culinary delights that you like to complement the main dish that will be provided by the DPS.  Bring your fossils too for show and tell, bragging, and identification help if needed.  We hope to see you there!

Fossilmania 2017

Fossilmania 2017 final 35c.pdf

PIT Crew visits Billings Productions

On Saturday July 22, the PIT Crew took a tour of "The Dinosaur Company" by Billings Productions in Allen, TX.  We had over 40 adults and kids show up for the event, which was put together by Joseph O'Neil, our PIT Crew director.  Here are some of the photos from the trip:





DPS Member Goodie Bags for Midlothian Children

DPS member, Gary Turner, has been creating bags of miscellaneous fossils and play sand that are used in several after-school and summer programs for underprivileged kids in Midlothian, TX. His brother, Milton Turner, is active in the Mission Midlothian ministry out of First Baptist Church in Midlothian where he lets the kids go "fossil hunting" using these bags of fossils. Milton also uses them in the Midlothian Summer Feeding Program - see below for two of the participants. He relates that the kids are crazy about the fossils, especially shark teeth, no matter how small they are. And, he teaches them a little Paleontology in the process.Who knows, one of them may one day be a DPS scholarship winner!

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September 9th Grapevine Fossil Fest and Jurassic Gardens

Fossil Fest and Jurassic Gardens 9AM - 3PM   Free

Join the paleontologists of Grapevine Parks and Recreation for the a day full of dinosaur activities, virtual reality and dinosaur hunting at the 3rd annual Fossil Fest! LEARN. about the species that once roamed your backyard in Grapevine. DIG. up fossils and take home your very own dinosaur from the egg hatchery. EXPLORE. the all new animatronic dinosaur encounter,*Jurassic Gardens, where you will be face to face with the most fascinating creatures of Grapevine’s past.

*Fossil Fest is a free event for the whole family, if you wish to walk through the Jurassic Gardens exhibit see below for tickets and information!

Dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages come LEARN, DIG, and EXPLORE, the prehistoric creatures that once roamed Grapevine.  

The Dallas Paleo Society and the PIT Crew will have booths at this event.

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.

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 7:30 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.


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).


From the Perot - In the News



The Search for Alaskan Dinosaurs

This month, our intrepid adventurer, Vice President of Research and Collections and Chief Curator Anthony Fiorillo, Ph.D., is once again setting out on a research mission to Alaska. He will be continuing the work he began last year at the Aniakchak National Monument, where he will spend three weeks in search of dinosaur footprints. Dr. Fiorillo sees Aniakchak as a virtually untapped source of information and history, and will return to the same spot he visited last summer to continue work on a location where he feels he hit the jackpot. Denali has always been the metric against which Dr. Fiorillo has measured success, but he is now seeing Aniakchak that way and wondering “how did I miss all of this 15 years ago?” 

The team getting ready to make a mold of a found dinosaur footprint.

Dr. Fiorillo is the pioneer in Alaskan national park dinosaur research. There are four national parks in Alaska with known dinosaurs — Denali, Aniakchak, Wrangell St. Elias, and Yukon Charley — and Dr. Fiorillo's team discovered all of them. Aniakchak is very interested in the scientific process and seeing how this project unfolds. Dr. Fiorillo's team has developed models for how dinosaurs lived in Alaskan regions, and their work in Aniakchak is allowing them to test those models and make connections between Denali and Aniakchak.

We wish Dr. Fiorillo and his team safe and successful first journey of the summer, and thank the Perot Museum Paleo Club for their continued support of their work. We can't wait to see what discoveries the team will have to share with us when they return!

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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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