A specialist group within the Geological Society of Australia
WHO WE ARE
Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP) is a specialist group of the Geological Society of Australia for palaeontologists working on Australia. AAP publishes 3 publications (see AAP Publication page), organises events including seminars and conferences (see AAP Events page) and awards outstanding palaeontologists and students (see AAP Awards page). AAP is also managing the Fossil National Species List (NSL), and the contributing to the NOW database (AAP Databases page).
The Queensland Palaeontological Society formed by Dorothy Hill and Jack Woods in 1962 was the beginning of AAP. In 1969, Martin Gleissner, Mac Dickins and Max Banks formed the GSA Specialist Group ‘Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy”, which then merged with the Queensland Palaeontological Society in 1974 as ‘The Association of Australasian Palaeontologists’. In 2015 members elected to shorten the name from The Association of Australasian Palaeontologists to Australasian Palaeontologists.
An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology
Alcheringa publishes articles on aspects of palaeontology and its ramifications into the earth and biological sciences, including taxonomy, biostratigraphy, micropalaeontology, vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, palynology, palaeobiology, palaeoanatomy, palaeoecology, biostratinomy, biogeography, chronobiology, biogeochemistry, and palichnology.
NATIONAL FOSSILS SPECIES LIST
Open Access to Australia's biodiversity data
Australasian Palaeontologists has joined with the National Species List initiative to produce the first complete "Fossil National Species List'. We are looking for specialists in the various taxonomic group to help by volunteering their time to help put this list together. This will help researchers in the future and also allow the 'Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)' to upload palaeontological data.
Helping The Community
With this initiative, our goal is to promote great opportunities for connection between those who are interested in Palaeontology and those who study it. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work, find resources for your own interests, or for the classroom.