Society (TMS) exists "to advance the education of the public in the
study of Micropalaeontology" and is operated "exclusively for
scientific and educational purposes and not for profit". It was
initiated as The British Micropalaeontological Group (BMG) in 1970,
following a proposal by Professor Leslie Moore of the University of
Sheffield and several colleagues who wished to organise a group of
palaeontologists with a mutual interest in the micropalaeontological
study of British type sections and the provision of a forum for the
communication of their results.
John Gregory, current TMS president
Under the guidance of Dr.
Bob Cummings the group became the British Micropalaeontological Society
(BMS) in 1975 during a period of rapid expansion and the development of
the science, particularly its use in hydrocarbon exploration. The
Society has always been protective of its independence from other
academic bodies, but welcomes opportunities to collaborate with like
The geographical development
of micropalaeontology resulted in a growth in the international
membership of the society, such that the name was changed to The
Micropalaeontological Society in 2001. It is a registered charity (No.
284013). The Society publishes The Journal
of Micropalaeontology and a
series of Special
Publications. The BMS published A
Stereo-Atlas of Ostracod Shells
from 1973 to 1999. The series has
now ceased production.
The Society comprises six
specialist groups which study Foraminifera, Microvertebrates, Nannofossils,
Membership of these is open and by personal choice. The groups hold
separate meetings, including field trips, throughout the year; these
are becoming progressively more international in their scope. The
Society holds its AGM in London during November each year to which
guest speakers are invited.