Here are some good links to further information on ichthyosaurs and palaeontology in general.

Blogs and websites

  • Tetrapod Zoology is blog on all things tetrapod-y, and much more beside. Written by Dr Darren Naish (University of Southampton, UK), the blog exhibits his enormous love and knowledge of all things four-legged.  It includes 'did you know...?' pieces as well as reviews and notices of recently published papers.
  • Ryosuke Motani has authored many important ichthyosaur papers, including the first large-scale phylogeny in 1999.  His Ichthyosaur Page contains much information on the group.  It has not been updated since 2000 but remains an excellent resource.  For more information see his home page.


Unfortunately there are no ichthyosaur specific societies (yet!), but more general vertebrate and palaeontology societies do provide a good amount of information.

  • The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is the home of vertebrate palaeontology. It was founded in 1940 and has grown a lot since.  From 1981 it has published the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, which includes papers on all vertebrate groups, from fish to dinosaurs and more.  This is the most common publishing medium to find ichthyosaurs in.
  • The Palaeontological Association is Britain's main society for palaeontology.  Founded in 1957, it publishes the Journal Palaeontology on any and all aspects of the science.
  • The Geological Society of London the oldest geological society in the world.  As the main UK centre for geology for over 200 years it has been the first to report many important finds.  The Journal of the Geological Society includes the first published descriptions of ichthyosaurs.


Several journals are a good source of ichthyosaur papers. Worth mentioning are the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, the open access PLoS ONE and important papers which appear in Science and Nature.

PLoS ONE can be access for free by anyone.  Science, Nature and the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology can be freely accessed by members and subscribed institutions.