Paleontological Society

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The Palaeontological Society e. V. is the association of German paleontologists .

The association was founded on August 12, 1912 in Greifswald by Otto Jaekel and another 33 participants who were present when the company was founded, including Richard Bärtling , Serge von Bubnoff , Arthur Dannenberg , Wilhelm Deecke , Hermann Fischer , Fritz Frech , Friedrich von Huene , Ernst Kalkowsky , Paul Gustaf Krause , Erich Krenkel , Richard Lachmann , Victor Madsen , Hans Menzel , Hans Philipp , Felix Josef Pompeckj , Hermann Rauff , Carl Renz , Wolfgang Soergel , Alexander Tornquist , Emil Wepfer , Rudolf Wilckens , Ewald Wüst , Johann Wysogorski and Ernst Carpenter . The first general meeting took place from September 5 to 6, 1912 in the Hotel Weißes Roß in Halberstadt . At the business meeting on September 6, 1912, the provisional board of directors elected in Greifswald (Jaekel, Frech, Pompeckj) was supplemented by the secretary and the treasurer in a by-election.

  • President: Otto Jaekel
  • Vice-Presidents: Fritz Frech and Josef Felix Pompeckj
  • Secretary: Gustav von Arthaber and Friedrich von Huene
  • Treasurer: Paul Gustaf Krause

The Paleontological Society was originally founded as an international society, especially for the German-speaking area. At the time the association was founded, there were 143 applications for membership, currently (2015) it has over 1000 members from Germany and abroad, including full-time palaeontologists and other natural scientists , students, private fossil collectors and interested laypeople. The Palaeontological Society is a recognized non-profit association based in Frankfurt am Main .


The association pursues according to its statutes exclusively and directly non-profit, namely scientific purposes. According to the website: It strives to bring together palaeontologists from home and abroad in order to promote palaeontological research to deepen the knowledge and for the common good. It represents the interests of paleontology in public and at international events and other institutions . In addition, the company is actively committed to the protection of stationary and movable paleontological objects, which are of particular scientific importance for paleontology. These objects require appropriate care and maintenance measures. The protection of designated monuments does not preclude their scientific investigation.

The purpose of the association is the promotion of paleontology and the contact between paleontologists, geoscientists and interested laypeople from all countries. Another important aim is to make paleontology more understandable to the public. The political task of society is to represent the interests of paleontology towards those responsible in politics, universities, business, authorities and the media.

The association organizes a symposium once a year and publishes the u. a. in SCIE recognized " Paleontological Journal ," a paleontology dedicated scientific journal that is published four times a year. For special merits in the field of paleontology, the Palaeontological Society annually awards the Zittel Medal for outstanding contributions by non-professional members, the Tilly Edinger Prize for young scientists (see below) and the Friedrich von Alberti Prize for special scientific merits .


The board consists of the president, three vice-presidents, three secretaries, the treasurer and the chief editor of the paleontological journal. The board of directors within the meaning of § 26 BGB are the president, the three vice-presidents and the treasurer.

The following are currently elected to the board (as of 2017):

Society membership and benefits

Anyone who is familiar with palaeontology in accordance with wants to promote the purpose of the statutes and is interested in the activities of the company. Members receive the palaeontological journal , which appears 4 times a year , as well as the newsletter GMIT, which also appears 4 times a year. The current membership fees can be obtained from the treasurer (see website of the society).

Annual meetings

The society holds its annual scientific conference once a year. Non-full-time palaeontologists, hobby collectors and interested laypeople are also invited to this conference. In 2012 the company celebrated its 100th anniversary.


The designation president was valid from 1912 to 1945 and is valid from 2005, in between he was named chairman.

Honorary members

Corresponding members

Tilly Edinger Prize

The prize has been awarded to young scientists under the age of 35 since 2004 and is endowed with 2500 euros. It is mainly awarded for doctoral theses that are characterized by innovation, a variety of methods and interdisciplinarity. The award is named after Tilly Edinger :

  • 2004 Oliver Wings (Hanover): The "stomach mill of the dinosaurs - myth and facts of dinosaur gastrolites as reflected in experiments with recent birds.
  • 2005 Max Wisshak (Erlangen): Bioerosion in high latitudes: The Kosterfjord Experiment.
  • 2006 Klaus Wolkenstein (Heidelberg): Phenanthroerykenquinone pigments in fossil and recent crinoids.
  • 2007 Daniela Schwarz-Wings (Basel): Analysis of the axial skeleton of sauropods: What the spine reveals about the way of life, Matthias López Correa (Erlangen): Calibration of amino acid chronologies on radiometrically dated (AMS- 14 C & U / Th) samples bathyaler Fauns from the Mediterranean and North Atlantic.
  • 2009 Joachim Haug (Ulm): Ontogenesis of Arthropods - Fossil Evidence and Use in Phylogenetic Analyzes
  • 2012 Katharina Anna Bastel (Wiener Neustadt): Ecomorphology of the European Hyaenodon: apex predator or opportunistic hunter? New aspects revealing the ecological niche (dissertation), Julia Ann Schultz (Bonn): Functional morphology and wear patterns of pre-tribosphenic molars using the example of the Dryolestida (Mammalia, Cladotheria) (dissertation)
  • 2013 Luo Cui (Göttingen): “Keratose” sponge fossils and microbialites: a geobiological contribution to the understanding of metazoan origin (dissertation), Jan Fischer (Freiberg): Palaeoecology and migration behavior of the Palaeozoic to Mesozoic freshwater sharks Lissodus and Orthacanthus using stable isotopes (dissertation)

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Palaeontological Journal 1, Issue 1, March 1914
  2. ^ Mike Reich, Lea D. Numberger, Tanja R. Stegemann, Michael Gudo: From the archive of the Paläontological Society IV: Members . In: Zitteliana (B) . tape 29 , October 2010, p. 84-85 .
  3. ^ Mike Reich, Tanja R. Stegemann: From the archive of the Paläontological Society V: Meetings . In: Zitteliana (B) . tape 29 , October 2010, p. 86 .
  4. ^ Mike Reich, Tanja R. Stegemann: Poster: From the archive of the Palaeontological Society III: The presidents and chairmen. October 2009, accessed February 16, 2018 .
  5. ^ Mike Reich, Tanja R. Stegemann: From the archive of the Paläontological Society III: The presidents and chairmen . In: Terra Nostra. Writings of the GeoUnion Alfred Wegener Foundation . tape 2009/3 , October 2009, p. 92-93 .
  6. Mike Reich, Tanja R. Stegemann: From the archive of the Paleontological Society VI: honorary members . In: Contributions to paleontology . tape 32 . Swiss beard, Stuttgart October 2011, p. 69 .
  7. ^ Mike Reich, Tanja R. Stegemann: From the archive of the Palaeontological Society VII: Corresponding members . In: Contributions to paleontology . tape 32 . Swiss beard, Stuttgart October 2011, p. 69 .
  8. ^ Edinger Prize