Palaeontological Association

Palaeontological Association
Abbreviation PalAss
Formation 1957
Legal status Registered charity
Purpose Palaeontology & fossils
  • UK
c. 1000 members
David A.T. Harper
Website Palaeontological Association

The Palaeontological Association (PalAss for short) is a charitable organisation based in the UK founded in 1957 for the promotion of the study of palaeontology.

Palaeontological Association field trip to Spaunton Quarry, Yorkshire (December 2014). The main rock unit is the Coralline Oolite Formation (Upper Jurassic).


It publishes two main journals, Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology (successor to Special Papers in Palaeontology). In addition, it publishes a regular Newsletter and field guides to important palaeontological biotas. An annual meeting, usually taking place in the UK, is held under its auspices. Worldwide membership is currently about 1000. The annual conference takes place in mid-December.


The Association confers a number of awards, including the President's Award, Hodson Fund for exceptional early-career achievement (under 35 years), President's Medal as a mid-career award, and the organisation's highest award for exceptional lifetime achievement, the Lapworth Medal.

Hodson Awardees

Year Recipient
2015 Roger Benson
2014 Maria McNamara
2013 Matthew Friedman
2012 Jakob Vinther
2011 Richard Butler
2010 Thijs Vandenbroucke
2009 Emily Rayfield
2008 Bridget Wade
2007 Shanan Peters
2006 Paul Barrett and Guy Harrington
2005 Philip Donoghue
2004 Heather Wilson
2003 Charlotte Jeffrey
2002 Graham Budd and Matthew Wills
2001 Patrick Orr and Ivan Sansom

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