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 and allied sciences.

The Palaeontological Association
Palaeontological Association logo.png
Legal statusRegistered charity
PurposePalaeontology, Science Outreach, Education
  • UK based (international in scope)
c. 1200 members
Prof. Charles H. Wellman
Executive Officer
Dr. Jo Hellawell
WebsiteThe Palaeontological Association
Palaeontological Association field trip to Spaunton Quarry, Yorkshire (December 2014). The main rock unit is the Coralline Oolite Formation (Upper Jurassic).


The Association publishes two main journals: Palaeontology and Papers in Palaeontology. The latter is the successor to the now discontinued Special Papers in Palaeontology. In addition, the Palaeontology Newsletter is published 3 times per year, and the Field Guides to Fossils series covering important palaeontological biotas is published in book form.


The Association confers a number of awards, including the Gertrude Elles Award for high-quality public engagement; the Mary Anning Award for outstanding contributions from those not professionally employed in palaeontology; the Hodson Award for exceptional early-career achievement; the President's Medal as a mid-career award; and the organisation's highest award for exceptional lifetime achievement, the Lapworth Medal.

Hodson AwardeesEdit

Source: Paleontological Association

Year Recipient
2019 Silvia Danise
2018 Xiaoya Ma
2017 Stephen L. Brusatte
2016 Susannah C.R. Maidment and Robert S. Sansom
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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