Research group at PalAss 2016 in Lyon

The 60th Annual Meeting of The Palaeontological Association took place in Lyon, France, 14–17th  December 2016, and was attended by nearly 300 palaeontologists from all over the world. Our research group was well represented, with Richard, Andrew, Emma and Dan all attending, and contributing to the oral and poster sessions. Richard was also involved in judging the student poster prize as one of his final tasks before rotating off the Council of the Association at the end of the meeting after three years’ service. Emma’s poster was recognised as ‘highly commended’ by the poster committee in the conference prizes. Several close friends of our group, Paul Barrett, Susie Maidment and Rob Sansom, also won key awards from the Association.

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PhD student Emma Dunne, with her highly commended poster on vertebrate diversity in the Carboniferous–Permian transition.
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PhD student Dan Cashmore with his poster on the theropod fossil record.

The full list of contributions by our research group to the conference was:

(Talk) Mass extinctions as drivers of increased faunal cosmopolitanism on the supercontinent Pangaea. David J. Button, Richard J. Butler, Graeme T. Lloyd and Martin D. Ezcurra (presented by Richard)

(Talk) The enigmatic archosaurs Mandasuchus and Teleocrater from the Middle Triassic of Tanzania and their implications for archosaur evolution. Paul M. Barrett, Sterling J. Nesbitt, Alan Charig and Richard J. Butler

(Talk) Looking snappy: quantifying convergence in cranial morphology between phytosaurs and crocodylomorphs. Andrew Jones, Pedro L. Godoy and Richard J. Butler

(Poster) Testing terrestrial tetrapod diversity change across the Carboniferous–Permian Boundary. Emma Dunne, Roger A. Close, Roger B. J. Benson and Richard J. Butler

(Poster) Inferring the diets of pterosaurs and extant analogues using quantitative 3D textural analysis of tooth microwear. Jordan Bestwick, David M. Unwin, Mark A. Purnell, Richard J. Butler and Donald M. Henderson

(Poster) Completeness of the non-avian theropod fossil record. Daniel Cashmore, Richard J. Butler and Roger A. Close

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