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Annual Meeting 2018 - Bristol: Programme

Number: 62nd Annual Meeting
Year: 2018
Location: Bristol
Hosted By: University of Bristol
Organised By: Dr Jakob Vinther and colleagues
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The meeting programme and abstract booklet can be downloaded: 
Underlined author denotes designated speaker. * denotes eligibility for President’s Prize or Council Poster Prize.

Summary of Schedule

Friday 14th December: Workshops, Symposium and Reception

There will be two short workshops available: “Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of morphological character data using RevBayes” and “Workshop in 3D data visualisation and segmentation using Avizo”. There will also be a taphonomy workshop running concurrently. Spaces will be limited to delegates who have signed up prior to the meeting.Venue details below.

14.25—14.30 Welcome

14.30—19.00 Symposium: "Frontiers and Advances in Dinosaur Palaeobiology". Held in the Great Hall at the University of Bristol, Queens Road.

19.15—21.00 Icebreaker reception in the Life Sciences Building, 24 Tyndall Avenue.

Saturday 15th December: Conference, AGM, Annual Address and Dinner

The main part of the Annual Meeting will proceed with two days of talks and posters. Talks will be held in the Social Sciences complex on Priory Road, while poster sessions, coffee breaks and lunches will be held at the Life Sciences building. The two venues are a 5-minute walk from each other.

The Saturday morning and afternoon will feature double, or triple parallel sessions held in the Priory Road Complex. The Annual General Meeting as well as the Annual Address will be held in the main lecture theatre at the same address.

The Annual Address take place at 16.00 and will be given by Professor Dame Jane Francis (British Antarctic Survey). The title is ‘Ice in a greenhouse world – 60 Ma and 2060’

Following the Annual Address there will be a poster session from 17.00 to 18.45 in the Life Sciences Building where drinks and light snacks will be served. Poster presenters should be at their posters presenting during this time interval.

Following the poster and drinks session at 19.00 the Annual Dinner will begin. This will be held in the Bristol City Museum, which is about 10-minute walk from the Life Sciences Building and close to major hotels.

Sunday 16th December: Conference

A full day of talks in parallel/triple sessions (morning) and a joint session (afternoon).

Monday 17th December: Field-trips

We will run two field-trips: 1) the first trip will visit a classic Triassic-Jurassic section in Watchet, North Somerset; 2) the second trip will be a visit to the classic microvertebrate sites near Bristol, including Aust and several quarries with fissure fill microvertebrates.

More information on the field-trip can be found online here...

Quick Jump Link: Friday 14th December | Saturday 15th December | Sunday 16th December | Monday 17th December

Friday 14th December 

Pre-meeting workshops

09.00 – 12.30

Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of morphological character data using RevBayes

Old Council Chamber, Wills Memorial Building

10.00 – 12.00

3D data visualization and segmentation using Avizo

Room 138, Life Sciences Building. Meet at the entrance of the building by the porter’s lodge

10.00 – 12.30

‘Friends of the Rotten’ discussion meeting

Room 3.30, Wills Memorial Building

Symposium “Frontiers and Advances in Dinosaur Palaeobiology”

Great Hall, Wills Memorial Building

14.25 – 14.30


14.30 – 14.55

Evolution of nesting and reproductive traits in dinosaurs

Darla K. Zelenitsky, François Therrien and Kohei Tanaka

14.55 – 15.20

Dinosaur biomechanics: a tale of hard tissues and soft evidence?

Karl T. Bates

15.20 – 15.45

Approaches for understanding the evolution of weaponry in dinosaurs

Victoria M. Arbour

15.45 – 16.00


16.00 – 16.25

Why do dinosaurs have different shaped skulls?

Emily J. Rayfield

16.25 – 16.50

How fossil biomolecules unveil the hidden stories of dinosaur biology

Jasmina Wiemann

16.50 – 17.15

The trophic habits of Mesozoic birds: data from the Jehol avifauna

Jingmai K. O’Connor

17.15 – 17.30


17.30 – 18.00 (Public Event)

Embryonic genesis of the dinosaur body

Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar

18.00 – 18.30 (Public Event)

The rise and fall of the dinosaurs

Stephen L. Brusatte

18.30 – 19.00 (Public Event)

Tracing the evolution of major bird characteristics: recent advances and future prospects

Xing Xu

Icebreaker reception

Life Sciences Building

19.15 – 21.00

Icebreaker reception

Quick Jump Link: Friday 14th December | Saturday 15th December | Sunday 16th December | Monday 17th December

Saturday 15th December

08.00 – 08.45

Poster set-up in Life Sciences Building


Session 1A (in parallel with sessions 1B and 1C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room A | Chair: Robert Goodall

09.00 – 09.15

Clarifying the Kukruse–Haljala stage boundary in northwest Estonia

*Tõnn Paiste, Tõnu Meidla, Peep Männik and Jaak Nõlvak

09.15 – 09.30

Trace fossil insights into Early Devonian terrestrial ecosystems – a case study from Gaspé, Quebec

*Anthony P. Shillito and Neil S. Davies

09.30 – 09.45

Body size changes in bivalve molluscs following the end-Triassic mass extinction event

*Jed W. Atkinson and Paul B. Wignall

09.45 – 10.00

Organically-preserved epithelia of a multicellular eukaryote from the late Neoproterozoic of Arctic Norway

Heda Agić, Anette E.S. Högström, Małgorzata Moczydłowska, Sören Jensen, Teodoro Palacios, Guido Meinhold, Jan Ove R. Ebbestad, Wendy L. Taylor and Magne Høyberget

10.00 – 10.15

Silurian and Devonian trilobites of Japan: ‘eye witnesses’ to the early geological evolution of the Japanese islands

*Christopher P. Stocker, Philip D. Lane, Derek J. Siveter, Mark Williams, Tatsuo Oji, Gengo Tanaka, Toshifumi Komatsu and Simon R. Wallis


Session 1B (in parallel with sessions 1A and 1C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room B  Chair: Luke Parry

09.00 – 09.15

Exceptionally preserved soft parts in echinoderms from the Fezouata Shale (Lower Ordovician, Morocco)

Bertrand Lefebvre, Elizabeth G. Clark, Aaron W. Hunter, Martina Nohejlova and Farid Saleh

09.15 – 09.30

Predatory behaviour and taphonomy of a Jurassic belemnoid coleoid (Diplobelida, Cephalopoda)

Christian Klug, Dominique Jenny, Dirk Fuchs, Alexander I. Arkhipkin and Rolf B. Hauff

09.30 – 09.45

The Kingswood Limestone – a Mississippian terrestrial Konservat Lagerstätte

Andrew C. Scott and Jean Galtier

09.45 – 10.00

A new Lagerstätte from the Lower Cretaceous La Huérguina Formation in Buenache de la Sierra (Castilla-La Mancha, Spain)

Jesús Marugán-Lobón, Hugo Martín-Abad, Irene Prieto, Candela Blanco-Moreno, Guillermo Navalón, Fernando Blanco and Mario A. Martinez Monleón

10.00 – 10.15

Tackling the evolution of the Early Cretaceous palaeowetland of Las Hoyas

Hugo Martín-Abad, Candela Blanco-Moreno, Jesús Marugán-Lobón, Sandra Barrios-de Pedro, Marian Fregenal-Martínez, Francisco José Poyato-Ariza, Bernard Gomez and Ángela D. Buscalioni

Session 1C (in parallel with sessions 1A and 1B)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Sam Giles

09.00 – 09.15

Different evolutionary dynamics govern body size evolution in dinosaur groups

Manabu Sakamoto, Chris L. Organ, Joanna Baker, Michael J. Benton, Andrew Meade, Mark Pagel and Chris Venditti

09.15 – 09.30

A three-dimensionally preserved Middle Jurassic monofenestratan pterosaur from the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Elizabeth G. Martin-Silverstone and Paul M. Barrett

09.30 – 09.45

The long and the short of it: a transformational tale of pterosaur tails

David M. Unwin

09.45 – 10.00

Long-term climate and environmental changes did not lead to the extinction of dinosaurs: evidence from the latest Cretaceous of Alberta, Canada

François Therrien, Darla K. Zelenitsky, Don B. Brinkman, Annie Quinney, Kohei Tanaka and David A. Eberth

10.00 – 10.15

Morphological disparity and the ‘double burst’ avian expansion

Thomas L. Stubbs and Michael J. Benton


Life Sciences Building

10.15 – 11.00



Session 2A (in parallel with sessions 2B and 2C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room A | Chair: Laura Cotton

11.00 – 11.15

From order to disorder: Pleistocene beetle scales reveal diverse 3D photonic nanostructures

Luke T. McDonald, Maria E. McNamara, Vinodkumar Saranathan and Peter Vukusic

11.15 – 11.30

Coralline algae as a recorder of climate change and its impacts in the past and in the future

Leanne A. Melbourne, Federica Ragazzola and Daniela N. Schmidt

11.30 – 11.45

A new life for old leaves: can herbarium dried leaves be used in CLAMP?

David C. Steart and Norman MacLeod

11.45 – 12.00

Evolution of a lower Famennian (Upper Devonian) fossil assemblage from Kowala quarry (Holy Cross Mountains, central Poland)

Krzysztof Broda and Anna Łazuka

12.00 – 12.15

Sunny, rain later: 30 years of the Carnian Pluvial Episode

Michael J. Simms and Alastair Ruffell

Session 2B (in parallel with sessions 2A and 2C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room B | Chair: Maria McNamara

11.00 – 11.15

Giant stem group gastrotrichs from the early Cambrian

Ailin Chen, Luke A. Parry, Fan Wei, Jakob Vinther and Peiyun Cong

11.15 – 11.30

Comparative taphonomy of embryo-like fossils from the Ediacaran Doushantuo and Cambrian Kuanchuanpu formations of South China

*Emma N. Landon, John A. Cunningham, Xi-Ping Dong and Philip C. J. Donoghue

11.30 – 11.45

Uncovering the impact of palaeogeography on taphonomy: an investigation of the Mazon Creek Lagerstätte

*Thomas Clements, Mark A. Purnell and Sarah E. Gabbott

11.45 – 12.00

Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analysis of melanosomes reveals soft tissue anatomy of fossil vertebrates

*Valentina Rossi, Maria E. McNamara and Samuel M. Webb

12.00 – 12.15

Palaeobiology of the Ediacaran Rangeomorpha: resolving morphological disparity

*Frances S. Dunn, Charlotte G. Kenchington, Philip C. J. Donoghue, Dmitriy V. Grazhdankin, Philip R. Wilby and Alexander G. Liu

Session 2C (in parallel with sessions 2A and 2B)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Thomas Stubbs

11.00 – 11.15

Morphological convergence obscures functional disparity in sabre-toothed carnivores

Stephan Lautenschlager, Thomas L. Stubbs and Borja Figueirido

11.15 – 11.30

Convergent evolution of toothed whale cochlea

Travis Park, Natalie Cooper, Loïc Costeur, Bastien Mennecart and Camille Grohé

11.30 – 11.45

3D geometric morphometric analysis of endocranial shape variation in the squirrel-related clade and their fossil relatives: contributions of locomotion and phylogeny to brain shape

Ornella C. Bertrand and Mary T. Silcox

11.45 – 12.00

Craniodental functional morphology indicate niche partitioning amongst sympatric marine reptiles

*Davide Foffa, Mark T. Young and Stephen L. Brusatte

12.00 – 12.15

Cracking the link between brain and skull in Archosauria: evolutionary and developmental perspectives

Matteo Fabbri, Daniel Smith, Miccaela Vergara-Cereghino, Macarena Faunes, Joao Botelho and Bhart-Anjan S. Bhullar

Life Sciences Building

12.15 – 13.30


12.30 – 13.30

LGBTQ+ Meet-up

Life Sciences Building, Flyby 1 (LG). Follow the rainbow trilobites and bring your packed lunch for an informal gathering and chat during the lunch break


Session 3

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Mark Puttick

13.30 – 13.45

The distribution and cladogenesis of Middle Jurassic (Callovian) to Early Cretaceous (Valanginian) marine reptiles in the Northern Hemisphere

Aubrey J. Roberts, Victoria S. Engelschiøn, Lene L. Delsett and Jørn H. Hurum

13.45 – 14.00

Strontium isotopes reveal migratory behaviour in Late Cretaceous hadrosaurs of Alberta, Canada

*David F. Terrill, Jason S. Anderson and Charles M. Henderson

14.00 – 14.15

The extraordinary diversity of Teleosauroidea (Crocodylomorpha, Thalattosuchia): a comprehensive analysis of their evolutionary relationships

*Michela Johnson, Mark T. Young and Stephen L. Brusatte

14.15 – 14.30

Using ancestral duplications to date the origin of fundamental genes

*Holly Betts, Tom A. Williams, Philip C. J. Donoghue and Davide Pisani

14.30 – 14.45

Recovering from an extinction event: a serpent approach

*Catherine G. Klein, Davide Pisani, Daniel J. Field, Rebecca J. Lakin, Matthew A. Wills and Nicholas R. Longrich

Annual General Meeting

Priory Road lecture theatre

14.45 – 15.30

Annual General Meeting (AGM)


Life Sciences Building

15.30 – 16.00



Annual Address

Priory Road lecture theatre

16.00 – 17.00

Ice in a greenhouse world – 60 Ma and 2060

Jane E. Francis


Life Sciences Building

17.00 – 18.45



Recption and Annual Dinner

Bristol City Museum

19.00 – 20.00


20.00 – 01.00Annual Dinner


Quick Jump Link: Friday 14th December | Saturday 15th December | Sunday 16th December | Monday 17th December

Sunday 16th December

Session 4A (in parallel with sessions 4B)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room B | Chair: Nick Butterfield

09.15 – 09.30

Reconstruction of skeletal architecture of conodont Clydagnathus using non-destructive methods

Nicola Vuolo, Carlos Martinez Perez, Mark A. Purnell and Philip C. J. Donoghue

09.30 – 09.45

Does the diversity and succession of microbial communities during decay influence character loss?

Robert H. Goodall, Martha R. J. Clokie, Christopher J. R. Turkington and Mark A. Purnell

09.45 – 10.00

Impact of diagenesis on the chemistry of vertebrate eye melanosomes

Christopher S. Rogers, Maria E. McNamara and Samuel M. Webb

10.00 – 10.15

A strange case of two fishes: enigmatic disappearance of bone tissue or an originally unossified osteostracan

Oive Tinn, Liisa Lang, Tiiu Märss and Kalle Kirsimäe

10.15 – 10.30

Endocranial anatomy of a 400-million-year-old stem-gnathostome: new insights into jawed vertebrate origins

Sam Giles, You-an Zhu, Gavin C. Young, Min Zhu and Jing Lu

10.30 – 10.45

Sticky fish: the unusual skeletal taphonomy of Middle Triassic actinopterygians

Susan R. Beardmore, Patrick J. Orr, Heinz Furrer and Duncan J.E. Murdock

Session 4B (in parallel with sessions 4A)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Delphine Angst

09.15 – 09.30

Community variation within the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation

*Elspeth Wallace, Victoria M. Egerton, Philip L. Manning, William I. Sellers and Robert S. Sansom

09.30 – 09.45

A third “acanthodian” stem-chondrichthyan endoskeleton in a uniquely well-preserved specimen of Diplacanthus crassisimus

*Richard Dearden and Martin D. Brazeau

09.45 – 10.00

The rise of dinosaurs: tetrapod diversity and climate during the Late Triassic

*Emma Dunne, Alexander Farnsworth, Sarah E. Greene, Daniel J. Lunt, Roger B. J. Benson and Richard J. Butler

10.00 – 10.15

Testing hypotheses of heterochrony in the skull evolution of strisoran birds

*Guillermo Navalón, Sergio M. Nebreda, Jen A. Bright, Jesús Marugán-Lobón and Emily J. Rayfield

10.15 – 10.30

The nature and preservation of soft tissues in exceptionally preserved Jurassic ichthyosaurs

*Fiann M. Smithwick, Kieran Goss, Ian Fletcher and Jakob Vinther

10.30 – 10.45

Towards improving the use of morphological data in inferring phylogeny – data from extant archosaurs

Roland B. Sookias


Life Sciences Building

10.45 – 11.30



Session 5A (in parallel with sessions 5B and 5C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room A | Chair: Alex Dunhill

11.30 – 11.45

Diversity of neuropteran larvae (Insecta) in Early Cretaceous ambers

Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente, Dany Azar, Xavier Delclòs, Michael S. Engel and Enrique Peñalver

11.45 – 12.00

Palaeoecology of Voulteryon parvulus (Eucrustacea, Polychelida) from the Middle Jurassic of La Voulte-sur-Rhône fossil Lagerstätte (France)

Denis Audo, Ninon Robin, Javier Luque, Michal Krobicki, Joachim T. Haug, Carolin Haug, Clément Jauvion and Sylvain Charbonnier

12.00 – 12.15

Ultra- and nanostructure of conodont dental skeleton and implications for its properties

Emilia Jarochowska, Corinna Böhm, Katrin Hurle, Michel Bestmann, Pat Trimby, Ingo Mey, Vitaliy Pipich, Bryan Shirley and Stephan E. Wolf

12.15 – 12.30

How an eye of a phacopid trilobite is constructed or the solution of Stürmer’s enigma

Brigitte Schoenemann and Euan N. K. Clarkson

12.30 – 12.45

Modelling extinction cascades across a Mesozoic hyperthermal event

Alexander M. Dunhill, Andrew P. Beckerman, Karolina Zarzyczny, Aislinn Vickers-Arrigo, Jed W. Atkinson and Crispin T. S. Little

Session 5B (in parallel with sessions 5A and 5C)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room B | Chair: Xiaoya Ma

11.30 – 11.45

The Ediacaran fauna of the Llangynog Inlier, Carmarthenshire

John C. W. Cope

11.45 – 12.00

Constructional and functional morphology of Ediacaran rangeomorphs

Nicholas J. Butterfield

12.00 – 12.15

Early ontogeny of the shells of pelagiellid molluscs from the Cambrian (Stage 4) Pioche Formation, southeastern Nevada, USA

John L. Moore, Susannah M. Porter and Mark Webster

12.15 – 12.30

A Cambrian peanut worm and the peramorphic origin of the sipunculan body plan

Martin R. Smith and Zhifei Zhang

12.30 – 12.45

Oxygen, temperature, and the stenothermal cradle of Ediacaran evolution

Thomas Boag, Richard Stockey, Leanne E. Elder, Pincelli M. Hull and Erik A. Sperling

Session 5C (in parallel with sessions 5A and 5B)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Rob Sansom

11.30 – 11.45

The partial skeleton of the docodont Borealestes serendipitus, from the Kilmaluag Formation (Middle Jurassic) of the Isle of Skye, Scotland

*Elsa Panciroli, Zhe-Xi Luo, Julia A. Schultz, Vincent Fernandez, Matthew Humpage, Stig Walsh and Nicholas C. Fraser

11.45 – 12.00

Changes in mammalian mandibular ecomorphological disparity across the K–Pg boundary

*Gemma L. Benevento, Matt Friedman and Roger B. J. Benson

12.00 – 12.15

Developmental innovation in the evolution of complex mammalian teeth

*Aidan M. C. Couzens and Martin Rücklin

12.15 – 12.30

Elephas recki: the wastebasket?

*Hanwen Zhang

12.30 – 12.45

Quantifying patterns of convergent evolution: a case study on mammalian insectivores

*Robert J. Brocklehurst, Nick Crumpton, Louise Tomsett and Natalie Cooper


Life Sciences Building

12.45 – 14.00



Session 6A (in parallel with sessions 6B)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Room B | Chair: Emily Mitchell

14.00 – 09.15

Growth and development of fuxianhuiid arthropods from the lower Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 3), Chengjiang biota

David A. Legg, Hong Chen, Yu Liu and Xian-guang Hou

14.15 – 14.30

Critically exploring the fossil record of the deep biosphere

Sean McMahon and Magnus Ivarsson

14.30 – 14.45

A bioturbation control on the Phanerozoic record of shallow marine sole marks

Lidya G. Tarhan

16.45 – 15.00

Rooting the eukaryotic radiation with new models of genome evolution

Celine Petitjean, Gergely J. Szöllősi, David Bass and Tom A. Williams

15.00 – 15.15

Integrating fossil data refines plant divergence time estimates

Joseph E. O’Reilly, Philip C. J. Donoghue and Mark N. Puttick

Session 6B (in parallel with sessions 6A)

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Manabu Sakamoto

14.00 – 09.15

Does morphology evolve under drift or selection? Comparing empirical and simulated data

Robert S. Sansom, Joseph N. Keating and Russell J. Garwood

14.15 – 14.30

Recent discoveries about the ecology of the dodo and future developmen

Delphine Angst, Anusuya Chinsamy, Lorna Steel and Julian P. Hume

14.30 – 14.45

Stratigraphic and environmental control on marine benthic community change through the early Toarcian extinction event (Iberian Range, Spain)

Silvia Danise, Marie-Emilie Clémence, Gregory D. Price, Juan J. Gómez and Richard J. Twitchett

16.45 – 15.00

Persistence of the Lilliput effect across evolutionary and ecological scales

Kenneth De Baets and Wolfgang Kiessling

15.00 – 15.15

When forams go big: drivers of extreme size in the genus Nummulites

Laura J. Cotton and Caitlin R. Keating-Bitonti


Life Sciences Building

15.15 – 16.00

TEA/COFFEE BREAK (take down posters)


Session 7

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre | Chair: Rachel Warnock

16.00 – 16.15

Using intra-specific variation to detect sexual reproduction in Ediacaran organisms

Emily G. Mitchell and Catherine Clark

16.15 – 16.30

Why is the Chengjiang biota exceptionally well preserved?

Xiaoya Ma

16.30 – 16.45

Australia’s polar Cretaceous mammals: longer lifespans may be indicative of hibernation

Pamela G. Gill, Elis Newham, Thomas H. Rich and Ian J. Corfe

16.45 – 17.00

The independent origin of plant roots and their gradual evolution in lycophytes

Alexander J. Hetherington and Liam Dolani

17.00 – 17.15

The first vertebrate skeletal tissues and the ‘biomineralization toolkit’

Duncan J. E. Murdock


Closing Business

Priory Road complex, Lecture Theatre

17.15 – 17.30

Presentations from the organizing committees of PalAss 2019 (Valencia) and Progressive Palaeontology 2019 (Birmingham)
17.30Presentation of the President’s Prize and the Council Poster Prize, followed by closing remarks.


Quick Jump Link: Friday 14th December | Saturday 15th December | Sunday 16th December | Monday 17th December

Monday 17th December

Field-trip 1: Triassic-Jurassic section in Watchet, North Somerset

07.00 – until late

Coach travel from The Hawthorns on the corner of Woodland Road and Elton Road. Expect to return in the late afternoon/early evening. Field-trip leaders: Benjamin Moon and Jakob Vinther.

Field-trip 2: Classic microvertebrate sites near Bristol

08.30 – until late

Coach travel from The Hawthorns on the corner of Woodland Road and Elton Road. Expect to return in the late afternoon/early evening. Field-trip leaders: Mike Benton, David Whiteside and Pamela Gill.
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