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.

Regular November DPS Meeting

Echinoid Evolution

The November meeting of the DPS was 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 14th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).  The main program was presented by Dr. Jeffrey Thompson, post-doctoral research associate at Baylor University.  He spoke on "The Origin and Palaeozoic Evolution of Sea Urchins (Echinoids)".

Please contact DPS member below to donate fossil and fossil-related items for the December auction.  

Lee Higginbotham

Cell 214-207-8058


Ash Grove Cement Quarry-Wrap-up

Persistence is what paid off for Field Trip Chair Steve Schliesing to this 30-seat field trip. After record-setting rainfall in October and two previous trip cancellations, Steve and the most accommodating Ash Grove (Coordinator), Francisco, we finally made the field trip. 

Steve found a perfect Mosasaur tooth and several people found Ptychodus mortoni whereas most found P. whipplei . Kelly Forrest whacked open a chunk of Austin Chalk only to find a complete, 15 inch-long bony fish (see photo). Roger Farish found one of the largest Cretodus crassidens (63mm) ever discovered in the Midlothian quarries – right at 2 ½ inches on the diagonal. A rare symphysial tooth was also discovered. Linda Farish found 5 Ptychodus with one being a P. latissimus. (see photo).

                         PHOTOS BELOW!!!!

Photos from Field Trips 2018

                        Ash Grove Cement Quarry November 3

Fossil Bits and Pieces

Sea Monsters exhibit to open at the Smithsonian Museum this week! Follow the link below for more exciting information on this locally crafted exhibit!


The Dallas Paleontological Society has news from a recent Nebraska field trip led by Polly Mullinnex  to hunt fossils on a private ranch in the badlands of the northern part of the state.  This newspaper story is about an Oklahoma couple who went on her trip and came away with some incredible fossils.  Here is a link to the story:


Check here for a list of the remaining Fossil Shows (also Gem and Mineral) for 2018:

Area Fossil Shows.

Have you ever wondered what the earth looks like underground from Denton west to Bridgeport?  How about further west then east, Jacksboro to Bridgeport?  Jim Flis has made stratigraphic cross sections of those areas for local science teachers and for members of our Society.  Here is a picture of each:

Bridgeport to Denton


Jacksboro to Bridgeport

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.


Upcoming Events

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.

Dino Days At the Perot Museum

The Perot Museum has on-going activities and exhibits based on the Dino Days event held over Labor Day weekend.  These will continue through January 6, 2019. The Museum presented a new permanent exhibit called Paleo Lab which offers a look into what is required to prepare fossils from a dig site to exhibition of a specimen.  You can learn more about the exhibits at perotmuseum.org

Whiteside Museum Trip


See photos and exhibits at this new museum in Seymour, Texas

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).


DPS Officers for 2018

The results of the election of officers for 2018 are:  

(from left to right)

Vice President:  Judi Altstatt

Secretary:  Ming and Jordan Lee

President:  Tom Dill   

(Rocky Manning:  Advisor )                                 

Treasurer: Pam Lowers

Fossil Record Editor: Estee Easley

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.

Questions For DPS?

If You have any questions about the Dallas Paleo Society feel free to:

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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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