On behalf of The Paleontological Society, I am very pleased to announce the establishment of a new regular-membership category for amateur/avocational paleontologists. This category, which formally takes effect at the start of 2017, carries all the privileges of the existing regular-membership category, but at a discounted annual rate of $30. This membership category was formally ratified by The Paleontological Society Council last Spring at its midyear meeting in Atlanta, and is the first stage in what will become a multifaceted effort on the part of The Paleontological Society to better serve the interests and needs of the amateur/avocational community, and to enhance interactions among professional and amateur/avocational groups (see: http://www.myfossil.org/the-paleontological-society-would-like-to-hear-from-you/ ).
Member benefits are enumerated at http://paleosoc.org/benefits-of-membership-in-the-paleontological-society/ , and include free online access to The Society’s two journals, the Journal of Paleontology and Paleobiology. You can join online or download a membership form at http://rock.geosociety.org/membership/paleo/
Stay tuned in the coming months for additional news! In the meantime, feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or thoughts.
President of The Paleontological Society
Professor of Geology, University of Cincinnati