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
Legal statusRegistered charity
PurposePalaeontology, Science Outreach, Education
  • UK based (international in scope)
c. 1100 members
Prof. Paul Smith
Executive Officer
Dr. Jo Hellawell
WebsiteThe Palaeontological Association


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


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

Hodson Awardees

Source: Paleontological Association

Year Recipient
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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