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Annual Meeting 2014: Schedule

Wednesday 17th December

Conference Auditorium 2

08:45-09:00Conference Auditorium 2Opening of the Annual Meeting by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds, Sir Alan Langlands; followed by logistical information.
09:00-09:15Conference Auditorium 2

Life and death at high latitudes: a reassessment of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event in Antarctica

*James D. Witts, Paul B. Wignall, Jane E. Francis, Robert J. Newton, J. Alistair Crame, Vanessa C. Bowman and Rowan J. Whittle

09:15-09:30Conference Auditorium 2

Implications for the foraminifera over the Toarcian (Early Jurassic) Oceanic Anoxic Event (TOAE), following development of the freeze-thaw extraction technique

*Alice E. Kennedy and Angela L. Coe

09:30-09:45Conference Auditorium 2

Decoupling of the terrestrial and marine record during the Eocene-Oligocene transition

*Matthew J Pound and Ulrich Salzmann

09:45-10:00Conference Auditorium 2

The role of microbial anaerobic respiration in the end-Permian mass extinction

*Martin Schobben, Alan Stebbins, Abbas Ghaderi, Harald Strauss, Dieter Korn, Robyn Hannigan and Christoph Korte

10:00-10:15Conference Auditorium 2

Palaeoecology of benthic marine communities in the wake of the Late Permian mass extinction event.

*W.J. Foster, R.J. Twitchett and S Danise

10:15-10:30Conference Auditorium 2

Post-Chicxulub radiation and dispersal of Worm Lizards (Amphisbaenia)

*Nicholas R Longrich, Jakob Vinther, Alexander Pyron, Davide Pisani and Jacques Gauthier

10:30-11:00Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters
11:00-11:15Conference Auditorium 2

A quantitative comparison of dispersed spores/pollen and plant megafossil assemblages from a Middle Jurassic plant bed from Yorkshire, UK

*Sam M. Slater and Charles H. Wellman

11:15-11:30Conference Auditorium 2

Dark and disturbed or just disturbed?  Modelling thermal tolerance to determine habitat preferences in early angiosperms

*Alexandra P Lee

11:30-11:45Conference Auditorium 2

Global Dinoflagellate Diversity and Temperature Preference Compared to Neogene Climate Development

*Jamie L Boyd, Matthew J Pound, Jim B Riding, Alan M Haywood and Ruza F Ivanovic

11:45-12:00Conference Auditorium 2

An exceptional three-dimensionally preserved Pararaucaria (Cheirolepidiaceae) ovuliferous cone from the late Jurassic of Southern England: non-destructive recovery of full anatomical and histological detail using Diamond Light Source synchrotron.

*Alan R.T. Spencer, Paul Kenrick, Dave C. Steart, Russell J. Garwood, Jason Hilton, Martin Munt and John Needham

12:00-12:15Conference Auditorium 2

Paleocene forests and climates of Antarctica: signals from fossil wood

*Laura Tilley, Jane Francis, Vanessa Bowman and Alistair J Crame

12:15-12:30Conference Auditorium 2

Fungal and fungal-like interactions with plants in early terrestrial ecosystems : state of the art and future direction

*Christine Strullu-Derrien and Paul Kenrick

12:30-13:30Sports Hall 2Lunch and posters
13:30-13:45Conference Auditorium 2

Extratropical peaks in Cretaceous terrestrial vertebrate diversity: the influence of primary producers on vertebrate species distribution

*Mark A. Bell, Paul Upchurch, Philip D. Mannion, Roger B. J. Benson and Anjali Goswami

13:45-14:00Conference Auditorium 2

A Morphological Analysis of the Pectoral Girdle Skeleton of Soaring Birds

*Megan E Williams

14:00-14:15Conference Auditorium 2

Craniodental biomechanical character evolution within the Sauropodomorpha, and the influence of dietary evolution on gigantism.

*D. J. Button

14:15-14:30Conference Auditorium 2

A 3D approach: investigating dietary evolution in Archaeocete whales (Cetacea: Archaeoceti) using tooth microtextures

*Robert H Goodall, Mark A Purnell, Julia M Fahlke and Katharina A Bastl

14:30-14:45Conference Auditorium 2

Eccentric conodonts from extreme environments: specialized biota of late Wenlock (Silurian) sabkhas

*Emilia Jarochowska and Axel Munnecke

14:45-15:00Conference Auditorium 2

Turtle diversity in the Mesozoic

*David B. Nicholson, Roger B. J. Benson, Patricia A. Holroyd, Matthew T. Carrano and Paul M. Barrett

15:00-15:30Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters
15:30-15:45Conference Auditorium 2

The curious case of chaetae in brachiopods from the middle Cambrian Burgess Shale 

*Timothy P. Topper, Lars E. Holmer, Luke Strotz, Noel Tait, Zhifei Zhang and Jean-Bernard Caron

15:45-16:00Conference Auditorium 2

Deciphering brachiopod origins:  The Cambrian Explosion, small shelly fossils and early evolutionary history of Lophotrochozoa.

*Aodhàn D. Butler, Michael Streng, Zhifei Zhang, Russell Garwood and Lars E. Holmer

16:00-16:15Conference Auditorium 2

Minerals in the gut: Scoping a Cambrian digestive system

*Katie M. Strang, David A T. Harper and Howard A. Armstrong

16:15-16:30Conference Auditorium 2

Puckered, Woven and Grooved: the Importance of Substrate for Ediacara Paleoecology, Paleoenvironment and Taphonomy

*Lidya G. Tarhan, Mary L. Droser and James G. Gehling

16:30-17:45Sports Hall 2Poster session; Sports Hall 2
17:45-18:15Conference Auditorium 2AGM; Conference Auditorium 2
18:30-lateLeeds City MuseumAnnual Dinner; Leeds City Museum

Thursday 18th December

Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 22


An agglutinated early Cambrian actinotroch-like phoronid from the Chengjiang Lagerst?tten and its implications

Z Zhang and LE Holmer


Loriciferan SCFs from the Cambrian of Canada: the origins of a meiofaunal phylum

Thomas H. P. Harvey and Nicholas J. Butterfield


Burgess Shale-type preservation of ‘shelly’ metazoans

Monica Marti Mus


A new problematic colonial organism from the Cambrian of Morocco

Christian Skovsted and Sebastién Clausen


Thaumaptilon walcotti and the early evolution of the Cnidaria

Jonathan B Antcliffe


High-resolution of the Changhsingian succession in Iran and correlation with China

Dieter Korn, Abbas Ghaderi, Lucyna Leda and Martin Schobben

10:30-11:45Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters

Sediment permeability and exceptional preservation within concretions

*Victoria E. McCoy, Robert T. Young and Derek E.G. Briggs


The Winneshiek Lagerstätte (Middle Ordovician, Darriwilian) of Iowa yields the oldest known eurypterids

*James C. Lamsdell, Derek EG. Briggs and Huaibao P. Liu


Systematic excavation in the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Lagerstätte (Zagora area, Morocco)

*Emmanuel L. O. Martin, Ninon Allaire, Abdelfattah Azizi, Khadija El Hariri, Khaoula Kouraiss, Juan Carlos Guttiérez-Marco, Bertrand Lefebvre, Rudy Lerosey-Aubril, Ahmid Hafid, Moussa Masrour, Elise Nardin, Bernard Pittet, Abel Prieur, Emmanuel Robert, Peter Van Roy, Jean Vannier, Romain Vaucher, Muriel Vidal and Daniel Vizcaïno


Solving Darwin’s Dilemma? Differential taphonomy reveals tissue biochemistry dependence of mould/cast exceptional fossil preservation

*Breandán Anraoi MacGabhann, James D. Schiffbauer, James W. Hagadorn, Peter Van Roy, Edward P. Lynch, Liam Morrison and John Murray


Favourable Impressions: Ammonoids Taxonomy and Biostratigraphy in the Carboniferous Shannon Basin, Western Ireland.

*Anthea Lacchia


Modelling Functional Morphology and Extinction selectivity in Ammonites.

*Timothy Astrop, Matthew Wills, Qilong Ren, Michael Carley, Sylvain Gerber and Stefan Angioni

12:30-13:30Sports Hall 2Lunch and posters

Recognising the reproductive mode of Fractofusus through spatial analysis

*Emily G. Mitchell, Alex G. Liu, Charlotte G. Kenchington and Nicholas J. Butterfield


Oxygen, age and facies controls on the appearance of Ediacaran and Cryogenian macroscopic fossils in the Mackenzie Mountains, Northwest Territories, Canada

*Erik A Sperling, Calla Carbone, David T Johnston, Guy M Narbonne and Francis A Macdonald


A diverse late Ediacaran skeletal fossil assemblage from central Spain

*Iván Cortijo Sánchez, Mónica Martí Mus, Sören Jensen and Teodoro Palacios


Hallucigenia’s head and the Cycloneuralian ancestry of Panarthropoda

*Martin R. Smith and Jean-Bernard Caron


Non-actualistic Ediacaran conditions drove the formation of Salter’s (1856) Longmyndian discoidal fossils

*Latha R. Menon, Duncan McIlroy, Alexander G. Liu and Martin D. Brasier


Using growth models to test the vendobiont hypothesis for the Ediacara Biota

*Renee S. Hoekzema and Martin Brasier

15:00-15:30Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters

The Middle Permian Mass Extinction in High Latitudes

Paul B. Wignall and David P.G. Bond


Death Metal in the Early Palaeozoic

Thijs R. A. Vandenbroucke, Poul Emsbo and Axel Munnecke


Evolving phytoplankton stoichiometry in response to marine-terrestrial interactions: the late Palaeozoic “phytoplankton blackout”

Ronald E. Martin, Thomas Servais and Alexander Nützel


The cause of late Cenozoic mass extinction in the western Atlantic: insights from sclerochronology

Andrew L.A. Johnson, Annemarie Valentine, Melanie J. Leng, Donna Surge and Mark Williams


Aragonite / Calcite seas and the evolution of biomineralization

Uwe U.B. Balthasar


Disparity trends in the shell shape of non-heteromorph ammonoids (Cephalopoda)

Matthew E. Clapham

Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre 25


Morphology or environment: factors affecting preservation of the Middle Triassic actinopterygian Saurichthys

*Susan R. Beardmore and Heinz Furrer


‘Fish’ (Actinopterygii and Elasmobranchii) diversification patterns through deep time

*Guillaume Guinot and Lionel Cavin


Denticle Déjà Vu, and the Evolution of Speed

*Tom Merrick-Fletcher, John D Altringham, Jeff Peakall, Paul B Wignall, Robert M Dorrell and Gareth M Keevil


A fight for survival: Megalodon vs the Great White shark

*L Mclennan and M Purnell


Patterns of morpho-functional disparity during the explosive radiation of acanthomorph fishes

*Roger A Close, Matt Friedman, Zerina Johansen, Hermione Beckett and Dan Delbarre


Exceptionally preserved Devonian actinopterygian skull presents a new model for early ray-fin evolution

*Sam Giles, Laurent Darras, Gaël Clément and Matt Friedman

10:30-11:00Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters

Derived ornithopod dinosaurs: a case of evolutionary parallelism and convergence

David B Norman


Automated generation of large phylogenies and a probabilistically time-scaled 1,000-taxon phylogenetic hypothesis for Mesozoic dinosaurs: dating the origins of flight and crown-birds

Graeme T. Lloyd, David W. Bapst, Katie E. Davis and Matt Friedman


Function and evolution of theropod jaws

Emily J Rayfield, Roger BJ Benson and Philip SL Anderson


Unlocking geological and sea level biases reveals cryptic evolutionary history of early vertebrates

Robert Sansom, Emma Randle and Philip C. J. Donoghue


Dinosaur body size maxima driven by global temperature

Roger Benson, Nicolas Campione, Philip Mannion and David Evans


Use and misuse of cladistic matrices for morphospace analyses

Sylvain Gerber

12:30-13:30Sports Hall 2Lunch and posters

Chondrichthyan diversity and distribution in the Early Carboniferous: new evidence from the Tournaisian of northern Britain

Timothy R Smithson, Kelly R Richards, Rebecca Bennion and Jennifer A Clack


Enameloid microstructure in sharks and bony fishes: What do we really know?

Gilles Cuny, Sébastien Enault, Guillaume Guinot and Martha Koot


Long snouted lungfish and the variable dipnoan endocranium

Tom Challands and Alexey Pakhnevich


Chitons of the Permian Capitan Reef, and the nature of late Palaeozoic Polyplacophora

Michael J. Vendrasco, Richard D. Hoare, Jr. Bell and Jonena M. Hearst


A surfeit of sponges: unexpected Ordovician diversity in central Wales, UK

Joseph P. Botting and Lucy A. Muir


Finding food efficiently: the origin and evolution of optimal foraging strategies

Richard J. Twitchett, Andrew M. Reynolds, Nicolas E. Humphries, Emily J. Southall, Victoria J. Wearmouth, Brett Metcalfe and David W. Sims

15:00-15:30Sports Hall 2Tea/coffee break and posters

Cladistic analysis of the enigmatic Polychelidan lobsters.

*Denis Audo, Sylvain Charbonnier and Jean-Paul Saint Martin


Epibioses of fossil crustaceans: insights on specific palaecoecology and true palaeosymbioses

*Ninon Robin, Sylvain Charbonnier, Barry Van Bakel, Sylvain Bernard, Jennyfer Miot and Gilles Petit


A global perspective of the Trigoniida (Bivalvia: Palaeoheterodonta), with a focus on their Mesozoic and Cenozoic representatives

*Simon Schneider and Simon R K Kelly


Repeat colonisation of temporary water-bodies by Early Carboniferous invertebrates

*Carys Bennett, Peter Brand, Sarah Davies, Tim Kearsey, Dave Millward, Tim Smithson and Mark Williams


Rudist myophores: constructional constraints and phylogenetic informativeness

Peter W. Skelton


Phylogeny of the barnacles  –  combining molecular and morphological approaches.

Andy Gale

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