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Annual Meeting 1997 - Cardiff: Overview

Number: 41st Annual Meeting
Year: 1997
Location: Cardiff
Hosted By: University of Wales College of Cardiff
Organised By: Chris Berry and Dianne Edwards
General Contact Email: n/a


The 41st Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Assocaition was held at Cardiff between Monday 15th – Thursday 18th December 1997.

The meeting will be based at University Hall, University of Wales Cardiff, and registration will start in the late afternoon of Monday 15th December. Buses will leave the hall at 5:30pm for the National Museum of Wales where there will be a reception and the opportunity to see the spectacular ‘Evolution of Wales’ exhibition, one of the foremost palaeontological/earth-science exhibits in the UK. Supper will follow at 8pm in the University Hall.

Lecture sessions will be in the conference centre, University Hall, on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th. The 40th Birthday Dinner will be held in the Main Gallery, National Museum of Wales, on Tuesday 16th, and will be preceded by a reception in Main College, University of Wales Cardiff. We hope to have a bar extension until 12:30 at University Hall.

Field trips

Two field trips are organised for Thursday 18th December:

  1. Carboniferous-Triassic-Jurassic of the South Wales coast. Leader: Prof. M.G. Bassett. The trip will leave University Hall at 9:30am and will finish at Cardiff railway station at 4pm (latest). The morning will include a) Dinantian (Tournaisian-Visean) carbonate ramp facies at Barry with silicified faunas and trace fossil assemblages; b) Carboniferous/Triassic unconformity and late Triassic (Norian) scree, alluvial fan and lacustrine facies; c) Dinosaur footprints. Lunch (not included in the cost) will be taken in a local hostelry. The afternoon will comprise Lavernock-Penarth coast, demonstrating a Triassic-Jurassic boundary succession, including Rhaetian bone bed facies and Hettangian ammonitebivalve succession. There is no limit to numbers.
  2. Ordovician trilobites of the Builth-Llandrindod inlier and their evolution. Leader Dr Peter Sheldon. Lunch will be at the Drovers Arms, Howey (payment on the day). We hope to return to Cardiff railway station in time for the 17:25 London train. The number of participants will be limited to c.15 due to the small extent of some exposures.

Please note that for this meeting we will make use of a convenient purpose-built conference centre close to University accommodation. If you have any queries, particularly regarding late registration, please get directly in touch with the organisers.


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