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.
Steve Crain 1946-2020
Stephen was an avid fossil collector, and found and named numerous new echinoid species. He was a friend to all animals, and rescued countless cats and dogs. He loved "oldies" music, old movies, and bike riding.
He was hunting fossils in West Texas with Bill Thompson when he died unexpectedly on September 7. We will miss him as a friend, fossil collector and DPS Member.
September 9 Regular Meeting Held on Zoom
The fossil record shows that many groups of animals flourished, evolved, diversified, dominated their ecosystems, and spread to new environments, only to eventually disappear. Other groups of animals just seemed to survive. They persisted, on and on, through changing climate and sea levels, even outlasting mass extinctions, seemingly almost unchanged. We learned about one group of survivors at our online meeting of the DPS held on Wednesday, September 9th. We had 78 people in attendance for this meeting on ZOOM!
Cooper Malanoski, MS candidate at Baylor University, spoke on "Surviving mass extinctions - how Lingula survived from the Cambrian till today”. Cooper is a new recipient of a DPS scholarship, but due to the COVIC-19 restrictions, we have not been able to have him come tell us about his research plans. Well, now his research is mostly done, so Cooper will fulfill all of his DPS obligations with one talk! He earned his BS degree in Geology from SUNY Cortland, which is in the Finger Lakes area of New York. He is studying under Dr. Liz Petsios, a relatively new faculty member at the Baylor Geology department.
The lowly Lingula are fossils only a paleontologist could love. They look like fingernails. They are so plain, so boring. You might have some in your collections and not even know it. The other brachiopods, evolving ever more spectacular “lamp shells”, made fun of Lingula. But Lingula showed them. It outlasted them all. They helped lead Darwin to the concept of a “living fossil”. But how did they survive all that time?
In these uncertain times, can we learn from Lingula how to survive?
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 at SMU prepared a short video about the Smithsonian exhibit, "Sea Monsters Unearthed: Life in Angola's Ancient Seas," that has been posted on the Embassy of Angola in the United States website (https://angola.org) and on the Embassy Facebook page. To see it, click on the link (https://angola.org), which will take you to the website. The video is playing without sound on the banner. Scroll down to Highlights and you will see a photo of a fossil. Click on that photo and you will see the video with sound and Portuguese captioning on the Embassy Facebook page. Attached is an information sheet about the exhibit, prepared for the Angolan Embassy. If you would like the video with English captioning, just let me know. Enjoy!
Louis Jacobs, DPS Advisor jacobs@mail.SMU.edu
NMNH Notice and Links_July 2020.docx (This will download to your computer to view.)
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.