Palaeontographical Society

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The Palaeontographical Society is a learned society established in 1847 and is the oldest Society in existence devoted to the advancement of palaeontological knowledge.

The Society publishes monographs that further its primary purpose, which is to promote the description and illustration of British fossil floras and faunas.[1] Since starting in March 1848 with Searles Valentine Wood's work,[2] the Society has published over 600 monographs. The Society also funds research dedicated to taxonomy and systematic palaeontology of British fossils (Edward Forbes Prize and the Richard Owen Research Fund).[3]

Selected titles published by the Society[edit]

  • 1851, Darwin's Monograph of the Fossil Lepadidae
  • 1854, Darwin's Monograph of the Fossil Balanidae
  • 1869, Owen's Monograph of the Fossil Reptilia of the Liassic
  • 1871, Owen's Monograph of the Fossil Mammals of the Liassic
  • 1901-1918, Elles, G.L. & Wood, E.M.R. "British Graptolites, parts 1 to 11."

Publications continue today, for example:

  • 2013, Copestake, P. & Johnson, B. Lower Jurassic foraminifera from the Llanbedr (Mochras Farm) borehole, north Wales, UK. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London.
  • 2013, Mohibullah, M., Williams, M. & Zalasiewicz. Late Ordovician ostracods of the Girvan District, south-west Scotland.Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London.
  • 2014, Donovan, S.K. & Fearnhead, F.E. The British Devonian Crinoidea. Part 1 - Introduction and Camerata. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London.
  • 2014, Smith, A.S. & Benson, R.B.J. Osteology of Rhomaleosauria thorntoni (Sauropterygia: Rhomaleosauridae) from the Lower Jurassic (Toarcian) of Northamptonshire, England. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Palaeontographical Society's official website
  2. ^ Wood, S.V. 1848. The Crag Mollusca. Part I, Univalves Part 1. Monograph of the Palaeontographical Society London: pp i-xii, 1-208, pls 1-21, title page (Issue 1, part of Volume 1)
  3. ^ [1]