Published on December 14th, 2018 | by David Marshall


PalAss 2018

This year, the Palaeontological Association’s AGM was held at the University of Bristol.

Below, you’ll find all of the recording we made during the event. If you like this kind of conference coverage, please explore the ‘Misc’ and ‘Live’ sections of our website where we have all our conference recordings in order.

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Welcome Address
Dr Jakob Vinther

Dinosaur biomechanics: a tale of hard tissues and soft
Karl T. Bates

Approaches for understanding the evolution of weaponry in dinosaurs
Victoria M. Arbour

Why do dinosaurs have different shaped skulls?
Emily J. Rayfield

How fossil biomolecules unveil the hidden stories of
dinosaur biology
Jasmina Wiemann

The trophic habits of Mesozoic birds: data from the Jehol
Jingmai K. O’Connor

The rise and fall of the dinosaurs
Stephen L. Brusatte

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

Clarifying the Kukruse–Haljala stage boundary in northwest Estonia
Tõnn Paiste, Tõnu Meidla, Peep Männik and Jaak Nõlvak

Trace fossil insights into Early Devonian terrestrial ecosystems – a case study from Gaspé, Quebec
Anthony P. Shillito and Neil S. Davies

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

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

Giant stem group gastrotrichs from the early Cambrian
Ailin Chen, Luke A. Parry, Fan Wei, Jakob Vinther and Peiyun Cong

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

Uncovering the impact of palaeogeography on taphonomy: an investigation of the Mazon Creek Lagerstätte
Thomas Clements, Mark A. Purnell and Sarah E. Gabbott

Synchrotron X-ray fluorescence analysis of melanosomes reveals soft tissue anatomy of fossil vertebrates
Valentina Rossi, Maria E. McNamara and Samuel M. Webb

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

Strontium isotopes reveal migratory behaviour in Late Cretaceous hadrosaurs of Alberta, Canada
David F. Terrill, Jason S. Anderson and Charles M. Henderson

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

A third “acanthodian” stem-chondrichthyan endoskeleton in a uniquely well-preserved specimen of Diplacanthus crassisimus
Richard Dearden and Martin D. Brazeau

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

The nature and preservation of soft tissues in exceptionally preserved Jurassic ichthyosaurs
Fiann M. Smithwick, Kieran Goss, Ian Fletcher and Jakob Vinther

Towards improving the use of morphological data in inferring phylogeny – data from extant archosaurs
Roland B. Sookias

The Ediacaran fauna of the Llangynog Inlier, Carmarthenshire
John C. W. Cope

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

A Cambrian peanut worm and the peramorphic origin of the sipunculan body plan
Martin R. Smith and Zhifei Zhang

Oxygen, temperature, and the stenothermal cradle of Ediacaran evolution
Thomas Boag, Richard Stockey, Leanne E. Elder, Pincelli M. Hull and Erik A. Sperling

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

Persistence of the Lilliput effect across evolutionary and ecological scales
Kenneth De Baets and Wolfgang Kiessling

Using intra-specific variation to detect sexual reproduction in Ediacaran organisms
Emily G. Mitchell and Catherine Clark

Why is the Chengjiang biota exceptionally well preserved?
Xiaoya Ma

Australia’s polar Cretaceous mammals: longer lifespans may be indicative of hibernation
Pamela G. Gill, Elis Newham, Thomas H. Rich and Ian J. Corfe

The first vertebrate skeletal tissues and the ‘biomineralization toolkit’
Duncan J. E. Murdock

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