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.

Monthly Meeting held October 10

Microfossil Menagerie

The DPS  met  on Wednesday, October 10th, at the Brookhaven College Geotechnology Institute (Building H) of Brookhaven College (3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch).  The main program was presented by Mike Read, DPS scholarship recipient at UT Arlington.  Mike earned his BS degree in Geology, with a minor in Biology from UT Arlington in 2012.  He spoke on his PhD research of "Pennsylvanian-Permian microfauna of the Riepe Spring Limestone, Spruce Mountain Ridge, Nevada".

Under DPS faculty advisor Dr. Merlynd Nestell, Mike has been studying a section of late Paleozoic marine strata in northeast Nevada, that are similar in age to formations in north-central Texas.  Mike has dissolved many pounds of limestone, and sliced up many more, to recover thousands of microfossils (fusulinids and conodonts) that provide precise age control.  Nevada was subject to deformation and uplift during this time, so is the Pennsylvanian - Permian boundary present, or was it removed by a hidden unconformity?  We heard how Mike's study turned out.

DPS meetings are free and open to all.  Everyone is welcome to bring fossils for show and tell, and identification help, if needed. 

 Please bring your donated fossil-related items to the November 14 meeting so they can be cataloged for the sale before the Auction.

Whiteside Museum Trip


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

Fossil Bits and Pieces

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

Sea Monsters at the Smithsonian

Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola’s Ancient Seas will be in Washington D.C.opening November 9 in the most visited educational space in the world, the Smithsonian Institution United States National Museum of Natural History.  For more information, please follow this link.

 A second shipment for the exhibit will be sent in October from SMU.

Photos from Field Trips 2018

                                  Oliver Creek August 

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

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.


Crazy Fossil Dig Mineral Wells

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

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).


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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