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 Feb. 12
Texas Dinosaurs AKA
The DPS met on Wednesday, February 12th, at Brookhaven College, Geotechnical Institute building (Building H of Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). The main program was presented by Dr. Dale Winkler of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, speaking on “An update on Texas dinosaurs, 2020”.
Is the correct name Paluxysaurus or Sauroposeidon? Who is this newcomer named “Convolosaurus marri? There have been many new dinosaurs discovered, and some nomenclature changes, since our faculty advisor Dr. Louis Jacobs wrote “Lone Star Dinosaurs” in 1995.
Dr. Winkler got us up to date on the dinosaurs of Texas. He earned his PhD degree from UT Austin with a dissertation on the stratigraphy and mammal fauna of the Neogene Ogallala Group in the Llano Estacado region in west Texas, but much of his research since has been on dinosaurs of Texas. He has spoken several times to the DPS, last on the Jones Ranch dinosaur quarry in 2006. We were glad he could come back to update us.
DPS meetings are free and open to the public. You are welcome to bring fossils to show or for help with identification. See you there!
Future MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT!
Do not bring food to share with the group on regular meeting nights, please!
Many people like Lucia Smith have brought wonderful homemade or home prepared dishes to the monthly meetings. Unfortunately, such dishes cannot be served at the monthly meetings. The City of Farmers Branch Environmental Health Division has regulations regarding food served at public gatherings and public places, specifically at educational facilities, Brookhaven College. The Society meetings are open for members and the public / visitors. The Society is working with the City of Farmers Branch to comply with their regulations and requirements.
Beginning at the February meeting, the Society will provide snacks and soft drinks during the monthly meetings at Brookhaven.
Attendees who need a full meal can bring something from a fast food restaurant, convenience store, or a “brown bag” for personal and immediate family consumption. Do not share your outside food or drink with other meeting attendees. If you bring outside food, please refrain from products with peanuts and other food allergies.
Additionally, Styrofoam containers for food and / or drink are not allowed (Brookhaven rules). Many restaurant and convenience stores use Styrofoam containers for food and /or beverages. Please ask before purchase.
Please abide by the requests in this message. Don't lose Brookhaven as a meeting place.
Earth X Volunteers Needed!
EarthX - 50 Year Anniversary of Earth Day
In the 1960s, Americans began to become concerned about the environment, especially after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring was published in 1962. The idea of Earth Day was conceived by Senator Gaylord Nelson, Democrat of Wisconsin, who enlisted Representative Pete McCloskey, Republican from California, to serve as co-chair. They chose April 22, 1970, between Spring Break and Final Exams, to allow as many colleges and students to participate. The event was a great success, but it did not repeat yearly. It returned in 1990, and eventually became a yearly event. Now, 50 years later, Americans, and even more so the world, are as concerned about the environment as ever before.
In Dallas, developer Trammell Crow founded Earth Day Texas in 2011 as a local environmental exposition tied with Earth Day. The event’s name was changed to EarthX in 2018, and DPS exhibited at the expo in 2017 and 2018. This year we will exhibit again, and we need some help. Contact Tom Dill, DPS Programs Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for a 4 hour session at our table. The event will be held Friday, April 24, through Sunday, April 26, from 10am to 6pm, in Fair Park in Dallas. The event is free if you pre-register (although parking is not, so carpooling or DART are great green and cheap options). Even if you can’t help out at our table, we hope you can attend.
Why should DPS exhibit at EarthX, at a reduce, reuse, recycle king of event? Because earth science is a fundamental part of Earth Day. Paleontology is the history of life on earth, and therefore the history of the environment. As fossil enthusiasts, we collect evidence that the environment has changed over time on earth, and life has evolved, resulting in great changes in the world. We can see that the earth has not always been this way, and is always changing. We also know that the certain organisms have caused great changes on earth. Such as photosynthetic bacteria (thanks for the O2, guys!), land plants, angiosperms (at about the time of our local Woodbine Formation), then grasses. Think of trilobites, termites, then ants. Mounds of carbonate were first deposited by cyanobacteria, then reefs built by sponges and corals, then those weird rudists that mystify us, then back to a different group of corals. They all changed earth. Now it is clear that we are changing the earth, too. But perhaps too much and too rapidly for our own good. Those coral reefs are declining rapidly due to warming and acidification of the water (the acid is from much of our CO2 emissions dissolving in the oceans).
This will be a great event to meet lots of people who love the earth, are worried about the environment, are curious about their world, and enjoy being outside. We have a lot in common with the over 160,000 people and 700 exhibitors that will attend this event. No one likes to see litter, least of all us fossil collectors who wade the creeks and walk the road sides. They like clean air and water, public land to roam, and science education, and above all appreciate the earth. We will show those folks a bit of the ancient history of earth so they can appreciate that, too.
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.
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 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
Join us now
Visiting Researcher ProgramThe Dallas Paleontological Society (DPS) offers local logistical assistance to professionals/academics conducting research in the North Central Texas area. Assistance may include the loan of tools, but is not financial. Past projects have included providing transportation to field sites, assistance in locating particular fossils or outcrops of a particular formation, field collection and excavation. If you are interested in assistance, please contact the DPS President at email@example.com
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).
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.