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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.

New Logo for the 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)


New partnership with Cambridge University Press - digitising and reprinting of C19th monographs

The Palaeontographical Society is pleased to announce a new partnership with Cambridge University Press, who have 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 Edward Forbes Prize and Richard Owen Research Fund - call for nominations

The Council of the Palaeontographical Society is pleased to announce it is considering applications for the Edward Forbes Prize and Richard Owen Research Fund. The Forbes Prize aims to recognise outstanding contributions by early career researchers in the field of taxonomic and systematic palaeontology (encompassing invertebrates, vertebrates, palaeobotany and microfossils) and comprises £250 and a one-year membership of the Society. The Richard Owen Research Fund provides small 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. The closing date for both competitions is 26th February 2016. Full details can be found by clicking here


Latest News

Annual General Meeting and 10th Annual Lecture - 13th April 2016

The Society's AGM will be held on Wednesday 13th April 2016, in the Neil Chalmers Seminar Room, NHM, London.

Tea and coffee will be available from 3.30 p.m., with the AGM commencing at 4.00 p.m.  It will be followed by the Tenth Annual Lecture, to be given by Dr. Tim Littlewood of the Natural History Museum - the title is 'The role of fossils in better understanding parasites and parasitism'.

We very much look forward to seeing you there.


New Palaeontographical Society Monographs

Published October 2015. Click on the links below to be taken to the online shop.


Smith, A.B. 2015. British Jurassic regular echinoids. Part 1 - Introduction, Cidaroida, Echinothurioida, Aspidodiadematoida and PedinoidaPart 1. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London: Pages 1–67; Plates 1–41. (Issue 644, part of Volume 169)


Wright, C. W. &  Kennedy, W.J. 2015. The Ammonoidea of the Lower Chalk. Part 6. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London: Pages 404–459; Plates 125–145. (Issue 645, part of Volume 169)




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.




The Palaeontographical Society Medal - new for 2014.

The first recipient of the Palaeontographical Society Medal is Professor Jim Kennedy, who was presented his well-deserved award at the society's recent AGM in April 2014.  More details on the award and recipient can be found here.

Palaeontographical Society Medal



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