Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP)

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.


How to Join AAP

Simply join GSA under the Member tab, and make sure to select ‘Palaeontology (incl. Alcheringa) (AAP)’ under the ‘Specialist Group’ option. Membership fee is $40, on top of the GSA membership.

Choosing ‘Alcheringa’ alone does not make you a member of AAP. If you are a member of GSA but not AAP, you will not be eligible for the AAP Awards requiring an AAP membership.


Social Media

In 2018, AAP started a Facebook page and Twitter, YouTube and Instagram accounts to promote events, awards and Australasian palaeontology in general. Please follow us using the links below:

AAP Instagram
AAP Twitter
AAP Facebook
AAP YouTube


Dr Kenny James Travouillon
Western Australian Museum, Perth

Vice Chair
Dr John Gorter 

Ms Heidi Allen 
Dept. Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Dr Daniel Jack Mantle