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.
August 12 Meeting to be Held on Zoom
Been awhile since you saw your dentist? Due to the pandemic, your cleaning might have been cancelled, but you can at least learn about teeth at the next meeting of the Dallas Paleo Society, on 7pm on Wednesday, August 12th. Virtually, of course, on Zoom.
William Stenberg, PhD candidate at Texas A&M University Dept of Biomedical Sciences, will speak on "Mosasaurs, Molars, and Medicine: Ancient fossils lead to modern cures”. Bill has a diverse education, with a BS in Chemistry-Biology, then a Doctor of Dental Surgery, Master of Public Health, certificates in Japanese studies and language, and then an MS in Biology. He has worked as a dentist for the US Navy, in private practice, and then the US Coast Guard. For his PhD, he is studying the craniofacial structures of secondarily aquatic animals, such as whales, crocodiles, and mosasaurs. That is where fossils come in.
Teeth are one of the most common fossils of vertebrates, for several reasons. First, we have so many of them. Second, we shed some and get new ones, and sharks do that perpetually. Third, teeth are tough, compact, and resistant to chemicals (mostly). They are denser than quartz and calcite, so they tend to concentrate on gravel bars and beaches.
So join our Zoom meeting by clicking on this link: https://zoom.us/j/99211801096
If that does not connect you to our meeting, you can also join by entering the meeting ID of 992 1180 1096 (no password required). During the presentations we will mute your audio. You can submit questions for the speaker in the chat box, typing “QUESTION” to make them stand out. We will read them at the end in the order received.
We hope to see you there. My, what big teeth you have!
Dallas Library and DPS
The Dallas Library’s Podcast on Natural Dallas (P.O.N.D.) Annual Community Nature Expo includes a video featuring the DPS. Please watch all the videos for some interesting things to do and learn about in the outside world. Visit http://dallaslibrary2.org/pond/ for the videos.
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.
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
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 (Paleontologists 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.
About Us and Our Monthly Meetings
The Dallas Paleontological Society normally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM usually at Brookhaven College, unless we have something special happening that month. However, since COVID-19, we are holding our monthly meetings on Zoom. 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.