Paleontological Societies and Clubs
Glen J. Kuban
This site provides links to various paleontological societies,
clubs, and other organizations dealing with fossils or earth
history. Some are affiliated with natural history or science
museums, but museums themselves are not included
here, since I have a separate Guide to Natural History Museums at
Also found on a
separate site are other
geology societies, including U.S. Geologic Survey sites.
Regional and Local Clubs, Societies, and Organizations
Alberta Paleontology Society , Alberta, Canada
Paleontology Society of Austin
Birmington, Alabama Paleontology Society
Bone Valley Gem, Mineral, and Fossil Society Auburndale, Florida
Central Texas Paleontology Society
Dallas Paleontological Society
Delaware Valley Paleontological Society
- An amateur fossil club which meets in Philadelphia, PA and
publishes the newsletter Mososaur
Dry Dredgers - Amateur fossil club near Cincinatti, Ohio.
Florida Fossil Hunters
Houston Gem & Mineral Society Paleo Section, Houston, Texas
Kentucky Paleontology Society
New Jersey Paleontology Society
New York Paleontology Society
North Coast Fossil Club
- A largely amateur group of active fossil enthusiasts
in Cleveland, Ohio and surrounding area.
The Oklahoma Paleontology Society.
The Paleontology Society. Baltimore, MD
The Southwest Paleontology Society, Arizona .
The Southern California Paleontological Society .
Utah Friends of Paleontology.
National and International Organizations
American Scientific Affiliation (ASA)
An organization of Christians interested in exploring the
interrelationship of science and faith. Publishes a newsletter
and a journal that often touches on issues concerning the C/E
controversy, ethics in science, environmental responsibility,
and related subjects.
American Geologic Institute (AGI)
- A federation of 29 geoscience societies promoting education in
earth science. Included are several paleontological
organizations, including the Paleontological Society, and SVP, whose
separate links are found below.
Geological Society of America (GSA)
- Headquartered in Boulder, CO, GSA is a professional association of
geologists which publishes the journal Geology. The site
includes information for ordering educational literature and maps.
Geoscience Information Society (GIS)
- GIS, an associate society of GSA, was founded in 1965 to facilitate
communication among geologists, educators, editors, and librarians.
Among their publications is a field trip guidebook.
International Organization of Paleobotany
- Fossil Plant society headquartered in England
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
- Includes information on NAGT membership, scholarships,
and their Journal of Geoscience Education.
National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA).
National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
- An organization concerned with science education and the
PaleoNet East (Great Britain) or
Paleonet West (California)
- On-line clearinghouse for paleontological information.
Includes subscription instructions for PaleoNet
listservers; PaleoNet Archives, associated FTP and Gopher sites,
PaleoNet Forum (an experimenal electronic journal), a calendar of
paleontology related meeting, conferences, and publications,
postings of paleo-related job openings, plus links to many
other paleontological resources.
- Based in England, this organization is geared toward professionals
and college students, but anyone interested in fossils is welcome.
Paleontological Research Institution
- Features a "virtual fieldtrips", image and data files
from the PRI collections of more than 2 million specimens,
and membership information.
The Paleontology Society
- An international organization based in Maryland, devoted to
the advancement of paleontology. The Society publishes the
Journal of Paleontology six times per year. The site
includes a Code of Fossil Collecting.
- An international association of several hundred palaeontologists
and stratigraphers interested in conodonts. Conodonts are teeth of ancient
worm-like creatures (now believed to be among the earliest chordates).
Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists.
- An international not-for-profit Society based in Tulsa,
Oklahoma, with over 5,400 members. Publishes the journal PALAIOS.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)
- One of the largest professional paleontology societies.