Monday, January 11, 2010

University of Alberta Biennial Palaeo Symposium

The Bienniel Palaeo Symposium is being held at the University of Alberta at Edmonton on January 30th. Here's some info shamelessly stolen off of facebook:

The 3rd Biennial Symposium takes place Saturday, January 30, 2010, in the Earth Sciences Building room 3-27.

8:30: registration table opens

9 – 9:30 Alison Murray, “Late Cretaceous actinopterygian fishes from Morocco”

9:30 – 10 Lindsey Leighton, “The influence of predation on community composition and evenness: A case-study from Eocene molluscan communities”

10 – 10:30 coffee break and posters

10:30 – 11:00 Clive Coy, “What species is that faeces?”

11:00 – 11:30 Kevin Aulenback, “What’s really out there? The conifers (gymnosperms) of the Horseshoe Canyon Formation (Cretaceous) of Drumheller, Alberta.”

11:30 – noon Duane Froese, “Alaska’s last mammoth - no bones about it.”

Noon – 1:30 pm lunch and posters

1:30 – 2:00 Pierre Lemelin, “Functional morphology of the wrist joints in strepsirrhine primates: Importance of laboratory-based experiments to infer behaviour in extinct species.”

2:00 – 2:30: Sally Leys, “Evolution of multicellular animals: lessons from sponges.”

2:30 – 3:30 – coffee break and posters

3:30 - 4 Takuya Konishi, “Evolution of Plioplatecarpinae (Squamata: Mosasauridae)—new insights into their pelagic adaptations”

4 – 4:45 keynote: George Pemberton, “Assessing permeability/porosity trends in bioturbated media”

There will also be more than 20 posters covering dinosaurs, champsosaurs, fish, mammals, turtles, pterosaurs, and arthropods.

Following the symposium (January 30), there will be a wine and cheese reception at Leva Cappucino Bar, located close to campus at 11053 86 Ave, beginning at 7pm. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by emailing Tickets will be available for purchase and pick-up at the symposium registration desk, and include entrance to Leva, one free glass of wine, and refreshments. Attire is business casual/semi-formal.

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