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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 has adopted a new logo. The specimen featured is Eteoderoceras obesum (Spath, 1925) from the Black Ven Marls, Raricostatum Zone, Densinodulum Subzone, Sinemurian, Lower Jurassic of Stonebarrow, Charmouth, Dorset. 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)

Annual General Meeting and Annual Address 2014

The 167th Annual General Meeting of the Palaeontographical Society will be held in the Flett Lecture Theatre, Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD on Wednesday 16th April, 2013 at 4.00 pm, preceded by tea and coffee from 3:30 pm in the Flett Foyer. All members are invited to attend. It will be followed by the 8th Annual Lecture, to be given by Dr Richard Edmonds (Jurassic Coast World Heritage Team) entitled "The Jurassic Coast; fossils, history, value and management". This talk is free to attend and open to all.


Announcement of the Forbes and Owen Prizes

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 has now passed, but please do consider applying next year. Full details can be found by clicking here.


Lyell Meeting 2014

The Society is a sponsor of the annual series of Lyell Meetings, held at the Geological Society of London in Burlington House, London. The 2014 meeting is on the topic of "Deep sea chemosynthetic ecosystems: where they are found, how they work and what they looked like in the geological past" and will be held on Wednesday 12th March. Palaeontographical Society Members can register for the meeting at a reduced rate of £30.00.

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Sir Arthur Smith Woodward Meeting: 'Fossils, fishes and fakes'
The Society is sponsoring a one-day meeting celebrating the life and work of Sir Arthur Smith Woodward (author of two Society monographs on Cretaceous fossil fish) entitled "Fossils, fishes and fakes" on Wednesday 21st May 2014 in the Natural History Museum, London. The conference is free to attend, but registration is necessary. Full details can be found at:
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