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 in Australasia or interested in Australasian studies. AAP publishes three publications (see AAP Publications page), organises events including seminars and conferences (see AAP Events page) and awards outstanding palaeontologists and palaeontology students (see AAP Awards page). AAP is represented on the steering committee for Taxonomy Australia. AAP is also managing the Fossil National Species List (NSL), and contributing to the New and Old Worlds (NOW) fossil mammal database (AAP Databases page).
In 1962 Dorothy Hill and Jack Woods formed ‘The Queensland Palaeontological Society’, the earliest manifestation of what was to become AAP. Martin Gleissner, Mac Dickins, and Max Banks formed the GSA Specialist Group ‘Palaeontology and Biostratigraphy‘ in 1969, which 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 applications into the earth and biological sciences, including taxonomy, biostratigraphy, micropalaeontology, vertebrate palaeontology, palaeobotany, palynology, palaeobiology, palaeoanatomy, palaeoecology, biostratinomy, biogeography, chronobiology, biogeochemistry, and ichnology.
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 encourage specialists in the various taxonomic groups to volunteer their time and expertise to help compile this list. This will help future researchers and also allow the 'Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)' to upload palaeontological data.
Helping The Community
The goal is to create connections between working palaeontologists, students, and the general public. With easier access to the right resources, the public can learn more about our work, develop their own interests in fossils, or use the online resources for educational purposes.