Palaeontology [online] is a website covering all aspects of palaeontology. The site is updated with articles about the cutting edge of research, by the researchers themselves. These are usually written by experts in the field, but are aimed at non-specialists. Articles vary widely in their content: some serve as an introduction to palaeontological or interdisciplinary fields, while others outline events in the history of palaeontology. Some contributions include summaries of recent findings and advances in rapidly evolving disciplines, and some focus on a particular geographic region or time period. Finally, some of our articles are based on the experience of being a palaeontologist – what life and work is really like as a fossil worker.  Our online format allows researchers to explain their work with the aid of an unlimited number of figures and videos.

Commissioning editors (who are responsible for inviting contributions and overseeing the website) are:

Russell Garwood: Lecturer in Earth Sciences at the University of Manchester, UK, working on the 3-D visualization of ancient fossils.

Stephan Lautenschlager:  Lecturer in Palaeobiology in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Birmingham.

Rachel Racicot: Postdoctoral Research Scientist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA, working on marine mammals.

Imran Rahman: Research Fellow at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK, specializing in the origin and early evolution of echinoderms.

Alan Spencer: Palaeobotanist at Imperial College London, UK, whose web programming and website design skills make him perfectly qualified to be the webmaster of Palaeontology [online].

The articles are sub-edited by:

Anna Novitzky: Science writer with masters degrees in Chemistry and History of Science, who currently works as a subeditor at the journal Nature.

Past commissioning editors:

Peter Falkingham: Lecturer in Vertebrate Biology at Liverpool John Moores University, UK, specializing in the fields of vertebrate palaeontology and ichnology (trace fossils).


Palaeontology [online] is sponsored by The Palaeontological Association.