The Palaeontographical Society


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The Palaeontographical Society exists for the purpose of figuring and describing British fossils by publishing monographs. Information about how to join the Society and how to obtain its publications can be found on this site. Intending authors can also download information about submitting a manuscript.

The Palaeontographical Society

The Palaeontographical Society's logo features a specimen of Eteoderoceras obesum (Spath, 1925), from the Black Ven Marls, Raricostatum Zone, Densinodulum Subzone, Sinemurian, Lower Jurassic of Stonebarrow, Charmouth, Dorset. The specimen was collected by James Frederick Jackson (1894-1966), of Charmouth - it was featured on Plate 10, fig. 2a of one of our recent monographs (Edmunds 2009), and is held in the National Museum of Wales.

Edmunds, M. 2009. A revision of the Lower Jurassic ammonite genus Eoderoceras Spath and its immediate descendants and other relatives. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London: 1-89, pls 1-40 (Issue 633, part of Volume 163)

Cambridge University Press - digitising and reprinting of C19th monographs

Cambridge University Press, who has begun a process of scanning and reprinting out-of-print monographs and offering them for sale at very reasonable prices through their website (click here).

The first to be available are Darwin's monographs on barnacles (1851, 1854), Owen & Bell's on Tertiary Reptilia (1849–58), and Arthur Smith Woodward's on Chalk (1902–12) and Wealden and Purbeck (1916–19) fishes.  For each of these works the relevant parts have been combined into a single publication, making them extremely convenient and excellent value.

The process will be ongoing, and links to reprints will be advertised on our homepage and through our own online shop as they become available.

The British Devonian Crinoidea

Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society, Publication 643, issued as part of Volume 168 for 2014

Members and subscribers are asked to note that a small number of issues of this monograph have been printed with some pages missing, repeated and/or in the wrong order. Please check you copy. If it is defective, please contact the editor, Dr Yves Candela.

75% off cover price of monographs for student members!

Student members are now eligible for a 75% discount off the cover price of monographs published by the Society.  The discount is not applied automatically in the online store, however, so please contact the Marketing Manager, Emma Bernard, if you are interested in making any purchases.

Lyell Meeting 2017: Sticking Together

7th March 2017 - Geological Society, London

Sticking Together - microbes and their role in forming sediments

‘Sedimentology and geomorphology have traditionally been seen as fields in which physical, and sometimes chemical, processes dominate completely. Even in settings where biological processes have long been recognised, for example in marine carbonates, focus has been almost entirely on metazoans.

This is curious, because microbial communities since the Pre-Cambrian, have suffused all sedimentary environments on Earth, and at least half global biomass is prokaryotic. Are all these microbes simply bystanders? Recent research has hinted that they are key agents in controlling an impressive range of processes and products in sedimentology, bringing the fields of microbe palaeontology and bio-sedimentology into intimate alignment.’

More information on registration and abstract submission here.

Latest News

Annual Address

We are pleased to announce that our next Annual Address will be given by Prof. Michael Benton FRS, in the Flett Lecture Theatre of the Natural History Museum, London on Wednesday 19th April 2017 at 4:15 pm. The talk is free to attend and is open to both members and non-members.


The aftermath of the great end-Permian mass extinction, 252 million years ago, shows how life can recover from the loss of >90% species globally. The initial causes of the catastrophe continued to devastate Early Triassic environments and slowed the biotic recovery. Huge attention is currently focused on the exceptional Permo-Triassic rock successions in China, which document the recovery step-by-step. In addition, novel phylogenetic-macroevolutionary methods are being applied to this greatest-of-all ‘adaptive radiations’. How did the successful post-extinction clades respond to the opportunity, and build up the fundamentals of modern ecosystems?

Deadlines for Society Awards & Research Funds

Richard Owen Research Fund - 28th February 2017

The Palaeontographical Society awards small financial Grants to assist palaeontological research (travel, visits to museums, fieldwork, etc.) within the Society’s remit of describing the fossil fauna and flora of the British Isles.  For more details on how to apply, please click here.

The Edward Forbes Prize - 28th February 2017

The Palaeontographical Society invites applications for the Edward Forbes Prize, which aims to recognise outstanding contributions by early career researchers in the field of taxonomic and systematic palaeontology (encompassing invertebrates, vertebrates, palaeobotany and microfossils). The Prize, which is to be awarded for publication excellence, comprises £250 and a one-year membership of the Society. For more details on how to apply, please click here.

Award Recipients 2016

Presented at the society's AGM, April 216

The Palaeontographical Society Medal 2016

The second recipient of the biannual award of the Palaeontographical Society Medal is Dr Adrian Rushton, who was presented his well-deserved award at the society's recent AGM in April 2016.  More details on the award and recipients can be found here.

Dr Adrian Rushton













Edward Forbes Prize

  • Mr Dean Lomax (University of Manchester) for his paper: Lomax, D. R. and J. A. Massare. (2015). A new species of Ichthyosaurus from the Lower Jurassic of west Dorset, England. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.

Richard Owen Awards

  • Ms Elsa Panciroli (University of Edinburgh) for her proposed project: Middle Jurassic mammal assemblages from the Isle of Skye.
  • Prof. Stephen J. Donovan (University of Leiden) for his proposed project: Systematics of British Devonian crinoids in the collections of the British Geological Survey, Keyworth.

New Palaeontographical Society Monographs

Published November 2016. Click on the links below to be taken to the online shop.

Smith, A.B. 2016. British Jurassic regular echinoids. Part 2 - Carinacea Part 2. Monograph of the Palaeontographical SocietyLondon: Pages 69–176; Plates 42–82. (Issue 646, part of Volume 170)

Moon, B.C. &  Kirton, A.M. 2016. Ichthyosaurs of the British Middle and Upper Jurassic. Part 1 - Ophthalmosaurus Part 1. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London: Pages 1–84; Plates 1–30 (Issue 647, part of Volume 170)