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Support the advancement of the science of paleontology and understanding of the history of life on Earth through membership in the Paleontological Society.

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Paleontological Society member benefits.

  • Gain cutting-edge knowledge of advances in paleontology.
  • Interact and exchange ideas with the worldwide paleontological community while shaping the future of the profession.
  • FREE online access to two premier journals — Journal of Paleontology and Paleobiology.
  • FREE online access to complete chapters of upcoming volumes of the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology.
  • Member-only rates on print journals.
  • Receive occasional Paleontological Society Memoirs with print subscriptions to the Journal of Paleontology, and Paleobiology Memoirs and other special publications with print subscriptions to Paleobiology.
  • Member-only discounts on the Treatise of Invertebrate Paleontology and other paleontology books.
  • Discounted member rates on publications of the Paleontological Association.
  • Student research grants opportunities.
  • Discounted registration rates for annual and regional meetings of the Geological Society of America (GSA). Participate in paleontological topical sessions and other programs at GSA meetings.
  • Opportunities to participate in North American Paleontological Conventions.
  • Participate in supporting the Society’s programs, awards, and publications; including:
    • Student research grants
    • International research grants to support those in Eastern Europe and republics of the former Soviet Union (PalSIRP Sepkoski Grants)
    • Student NSF travel grants; solicited and distributed by the Paleo Society
    • Educational outreach to K-12 children and the general public
    • … and more

Membership Categories

Regular*: Individuals interested in paleontology, including professional & avocational paleontologists.  

Amateur/Avocational: Individuals interested in paleontology who do not make a living full-time from paleontology.

K-12 Educators: Individuals teaching paleontology to Kindergarten through high school students.

Student/Early Career*: Individuals interested in paleontology who are currently enrolled in a primary or secondary school, college or university, graduate programs, or are within five years after completion of their degree program.  

Retired: Individuals who have retired from employment as a professional paleontologist.  Approval from Society’s Secretary is required.

*Developing nations memberships for Regular and Student/Early Career are available to members from nations with economies other than “High-income”,  as classified by the World Bank

  Annual Membership Dues (includes online access to both Journal of Paleontology & Paleobiology)
Regular $65
Regular, Developing Nations


Amateur/Avocational $30
K-12 Educators $30
Student/Early Career $30
Student/Early Career, Developing Nations $15
Retired $50


Please Note That:

  • All Paleo Society memberships are processed on a calendar year basis (January through December). We are not able to pro-rate membership dues.
  • Membership dues payments are not refundable. 

Join or Renew today!

Please contact us by email at [email protected] or by phone +1-301-634-7231 if:

  • You wish to renew by phone
  • If you have any questions regarding your membership or subscriptions

If you do not wish to use our secure online form, please download and complete the “Member Application Form” that you can mail or fax to the business office.