The Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa

Recipients of awards presented at PSSA conferences.

Order of the Boot - for the most unbelievable presentation, even though it may be the brilliant truth (instituted by Dr Jacques van Heerden).

1979 - Burger Oelofsen - Fishy fossils
1982 - Burger Oelofsen
1984 - Eva Kovacs - Endrody - 'The earliest known vascular plant ...', which she named Promissum pulchrum
1986 - Roger Smith - Diictodon and the Devil's Corkskrew!
1988 - Norton Hiller - Lower Devonian hyoliths in SA and their palaeoenvironmental significance
1990 - Francis Thackeray - for determining daily growth increments in Diictodon teeth
1992 - Dick Rayner - Species in the fossil record
1994 - Tom Mason - Trace fossil?
1996 - John Anderson - for quantifying Molteno plant diversity based on the number of specimens which he has not yet found
1998 - Barry Millsteed - for shooting all previous workers in SA palynology down in flames - including himself!
2000 - Darryl de Ruiter - for building hominids from teeth fragments
2002 - Francis Thackeray - for having Mrs Ples's skull at a different stratigraphic level than the skeleton
2004 - Francois Durand - for having a sidewinder in the Cretaceous
2006 - Eric Harley - for converting genetics into lies, damn lies and statistics
2008 - Francis Thackeray
2010 - Roberrt Gess - for having fishy sample sizes
2012 - Brigette Cohen - for the origins of alcoholism
2014 - Alexander Parkinson - for systematically disproving his own research in 15 minutes!