Woodward150 symposium: fossil fishes and fakes

On Wednesday 21 May 2014 palaeontologists from around the world celebrated the life and legacy of fossil fish specialist Sir Arthur Smith Woodward with an all-day symposium at the Natural History Museum. 

Fossil fishes and fakes

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Open to everyone, free

Arthur Smith Woodward contributed widely to our knowledge of fossil fish, extinct animals and regional geology. This symposium considered his influence on palaeontology and the legacy of his work at the Museum.  

Symposium highlights
  • Eminent speakers discussed Woodward's life, scientific achievements and involvement in the notorious Piltdown Hoax.
  • Fossil specimens and memorabilia were on display in the Flett Theatre foyer.

View the abstracts booklet (PDF 4 MB)

Find out more

To coincide with the symposium Taylor and Francis have kindly put together a virtual special issue of fossil fish papers recently published in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. Access is free until the end of July 2014.

View the fossil fish papers

  • Watercolour of the fossil fish Cephalaspis lyelli, by Joseph Dinkel. 
    Symposium programme

    View a full programme and read biographies of the Woodward150 speakers.

  • Museum Geology Department staff.
    Arthur Smith Woodward biography

    Woodward worked at the Museum for more than 40 years, studying specimens, publishing research and producing a four-part catalogue of fossil fishes. Find out more about the life of this dedicated palaeontologist.