What is a fossil?
A fossil is the presence of a plant or animal from an earlier geological period preserved in rock. Fossils are formed when minerals in groundwater replace tissue and bone. This replacement process creates an impression, mold, or cast of the original life form.
What is paleontology?
Paleontology is a much broader field than the study of fossils. It is the study of what fossils tell us about the interaction of organisms in our past. It includes the study of fossils of both invertebrate and vertebrate animals, fossil plants, and fossil tracks, footprints, and trails. It also includes the study of prehistoric human and proto-human fossils.
Fossilmania at the Somervell County Expo Center
The Dallas Paleontological Society is presenting the 32nd Annual Fossilmania at the Somervell County Expo Center in Glen Rose on October 24, 25, and 26, 2014. Fossilmania is a fossil and fossil-related show open to everyone.
* Friday, October 24, 2014 (8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
* Saturday, October 25, 2014 (9:00 am to 6:00 pm)
* Sunday, October 26, 2014 (9:00 am to 2:00 pm)
* Admission and parking are free.
Fossilmania will educational displays and lectures. Experts will identify the fossils which amateur paleontologists have found. There will be hourly drawings for door prizes on Saturday, plus a raffle drawing and fossil auction.
Special events on Saturday include a guided fossil hunting trip at 10:00 am and a guided trip to Dinosaur Valley State Park at 1:00 pm.
For more information, visit the Dallas Paleontological Society Web site at www.dallaspaleo.org.
Where to Stay
The Best Western Dinosaur Valley Inn and Suites in Glen Rose is across the street from the Somervell County Expo Center, making it the most convenient place for visitors to Fossilmania to stay. The hotel features a waterfall outdoor swimming pool open all year, a 15-person spa, a garden with a stone waterfall, and a baby pool in a shaded area. Guests enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast every morning, complimentary snack every evening, and a 24-hour beverage bar featuring premium coffee, hot tea, and hot chocolate. All standard rooms and suites have a refrigerator, microwave, and free high-speed wireless Internet access.