About me

I studied palaeobotany under Dr Edna Plumstead and Prof Tom Harris and have researched fossil plants since completing Botany Hons in 1966. Together with Dr John Anderson I have made a unique collection of fossil plants and insects from the Triassic, Gondwana, Molteno Formation in southern Africa. Have co-authored six large monographs and published many papers on the Molteno Flora. Still active in research since early retirement in 2002 and currently researching a monograph describing the Molteno sphenophytes.


1944 born in Johannesburg
1961 Matriculation (1st Class) Johannesburg
1977 Ph D University of the Witwatersrand (palaeobotany) Johannesburg
2002 retired as a full time palaeobotanist from SANBI, Pretoria
2011 currently affiliated as honorary palaeobotanist with the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontology Research at the University of the Witwatersrand

Regional representative for Africa for the International Organisation of Palaeobotany (IOP) from 1978 to 2002 (resigned).
Member of the committee for International Plant Nomenclature (Fossils) from 2001 to present.


John Malcolm Anderson
William Keith Holmes wbkholmes@hotmail.com