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.
Normally, the Business Meeting for the Society is the Wednesday following the Regular Monthly meeting. However, for this month, the Business Meeting will NOT be January 17. It has been moved to the next Wednesday night at 7:30, January 24. As usual, the meeting is open for any member to attend. Please notify the President, Tom Dill, for more information if you would like to attend.
The DPS met on Wednesday, January 10th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) on the campus of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch). Our speaker was Pat Kline, DPS member and a long-time volunteer at the Arlington Archosaur Site and the Heard Museum Prep Lab. He spoke on the preparation by the Heard Museum staff and volunteers on the tortoise (Tootsie) and specifically on "Turtle Adaption and Survival and the Use of Ultraviolet Light in Fossil Preparation".
The Heard Museum recently unveiled that spectacular Stylemys tortoise which exhibits both the external shell and the internal bones. Pat prepared a great talk with an overview of turtle and tortoises and their fossils, and details about innovative preparation techniques. Photos below are from Pat Kline.
Members and guests brought fossils for sharing, bragging, identification help (if needed), and group enjoyment. DPS meetings are always free and open to the public. We hope to see you there on February 14 for our next regular meeting.
The Jacksboro Study Group held their second meeting on Jan. 6th at the Coppell Biodiversity Education Center. The group looked at corals, sponges, crustaceans, and other fossils collected and then identified from the Jacksboro site. Bob Williams (Fossil Bob) at email@example.com was the coordinator for the event. Academic advising was provided by Dr. Ben Neuman from A&M Texarkana. Photos below are provided by Svetlana Earnest and plans were made to meet again in Februrary
DPS Officers for 2018
The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:
President: Tom Dill
Vice President: Judi Altstatt
Secretary: Ming and Jordan Lee
Treasurer: Pam Lowers
Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley
Webinar Event Recorded
The final webinar in the fall FOSSIL Roadshow series was held on December 20 and recorded for viewing after the webinar (see link below). The title of the last roadshow was:
Fossils of the Carolinas
Hosted by the Special Friends of the Aurora Fossil Museum
The fossil identification focused on fauna from the Pleistocene, Pliocene, and Miocene of both North and South Carolina! The program took place in the fossil room of George Powell Jr.
You can view the recorded webinar at:
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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).
Thanks to Heritage Auctions
Roger Farish (book co-editor) receiving the next 200 copies of A Guide to FOSSIL COLLECTING by the Dallas Paleontological Society from Craig Kissick, Director of Nature and Science at the Heritage Auctions, who facilitated the very high quality printing of our book at a reasonable cost to the DPS. Many thanks to Heritage Auctions for this benevolent gesture.
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.