Paleontological Journal

, Volume 51, Issue 6, pp 576–599 | Cite as

Russia–UK Collaboration in Paleontology: Past, Present, and Future

  • M. J. Benton
  • D. E. G. Briggs
  • J. A. Clack
  • D. Edwards
  • J. Galway-Witham
  • C. B. Stringer
  • S. T. Turvey


There is a long history of collaboration between Russia and the United Kingdom in paleontology. This began, arguably, in 1821, with the seminal work by William Fox-Strangways, who produced a geological map of the area around St Petersburg. Most famously, Roderick Murchison carried out extensive surveying and observations throughout European Russia in 1840 and 1841, and published a major monograph on geology and paleontology of European Russia in 1845. Since then, and continuing today, there have been many fruitful collaborations on Precambrian life, Paleozoic marine organisms, terrestrialization of plants and vertebrates, the Permian–Triassic mass extinction, fossil mammals, human evolution, and conservation paleobiology.


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  • M. J. Benton
    • 1
  • D. E. G. Briggs
    • 2
  • J. A. Clack
    • 3
  • D. Edwards
    • 4
  • J. Galway-Witham
    • 5
  • C. B. Stringer
    • 5
  • S. T. Turvey
    • 6
  1. 1.School of Earth Sciences, University of BristolBristolUK
  2. 2.Department of Geology and GeophysicsYale UniversityNew Haven, ConnecticutUSA
  3. 3.University Museum of Zoology, CambridgeDowning Street, CambridgeUK
  4. 4.School of Earth and Ocean SciencesCardiff University, Main BuildingPark Place, CardiffUK
  5. 5.Department of Earth SciencesNatural History MuseumCromwell Road, LondonUK
  6. 6.Institute of ZoologyZoological Society of London, Regent’s ParkLondonUK

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