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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)

Society Awards & Research Funds

Richard Owen Research Fund

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

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.

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.  (Note that only one copy of each monograph may be ordered by the customer at the discounted rate).

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)

Latest News

Nominations for President

At the next Palaeontographical Society AGM, our current President, Prof. Paul Barrett, steps down from the role at the end of his five-year term. If Society members wish to propose an individual for the role of President they should contact the Secretary, Nigel Ainsworth (, with the name of the individual and with the contact details of both the candidate and of a seconder (who should also be a member), no later than 21st November 2017. The proposed candidate does not have to be a current member, but would have to become one if elected to the role.

The Palaeontographical Society Medal 2018

Call for nominations

Council hereby give notice that they intend to make an award of the Palaeontographical Society Medal, the Society’s highest honour, at its next AGM in 2018. This award is intended to recognise a sustained and important series of contributions to taxonomic and systematic palaeontology. In particular, the Society seeks to honour those who have made an exceptional contribution to the micropalaeontology, palaeobotany, or invertebrate or vertebrate palaeontology of the British Isles, including those who have applied these data to solve problems of palaeogeography, palaeoecology and phylogeny. Recipients will not be limited to palaeontologists based in the British Isles, although it is anticipated that this region will form an important element of their research programme.  Please send nominations to the Secretary, Nigel Ainsworth, no later than 21st November 2017. The nomination should include a statement of why the nominee is appropriate and the name of a seconder. The proposer and seconder need to be current members of the Society, whereas the proposed awardee does not.

Palaeontographical Society Medal



Lyell Meeting 2018

'Mass extinctions – understanding the world’s worst crises'

The study of mass extinctions is one of the most interdisciplinary research areas within Earth and environmental sciences. Recent, major advances have come from a broad spectrum of fields, including atmospheric modelling, high-precision age dating, volcanology, geochemistry, stratigraphy and palaeontology.

The 2018 Lyell Meeting aims to highlight these achievements and showcases the improved understanding we now have of the great environmental catastrophes of the past. The Meeting aims to encompass the full spectrum of crises seen in the Phanerozoic fossil record.


You can find more details of the conference, and the dates for registration, abstract submission, etc., here.


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