Published on May 18th, 2016 | by David Marshall


Progressive Palaeontology 2016

Progressive Palaeontology (ProgPal) is an annual conference for postgraduate research students who wish to present their results at any stage of their research.

This year the conference was hosted by The University of Oxford in the beautiful Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Session 1
Pedro L. Godoy
Tracking changes in the ecological diversity of Crocodylomorpha through deep geological time

Melanie Tietje
From fossil record to amphibian conservation

James Ormiston
Evolutionary Biomechanics of the Dinosaur Jaw Mechanism

Claire Bullar
What were they thinking? Exploring the potential of neurocranial anatomical studies throughout Ceratopsia

Daniel D. Cashmore
The completeness of the tetrapod fossil record

Serjoscha W. Evers
Homology issues with the trigeminal nerve foramina in turtles and saurians

Session 2
Orla Bath Enright
Turbulent behaviour: Preservation and survivorship potential of softbodied organisms in sediment-density flows

Thomas Hearing
Cambrian microfossils to Cambrian climates: can ‘small shelly fossils’ be used to quantify ancient ocean conditions?

Frances S. Dunn
Ediacaran Developmental Biology

Thomas Clements
Seeing into the Carboniferous: eyes of Tullimonstrum gregarium (Mazon Creek, Carboniferous) reveal a vertebrate affinity

Elspeth Wallace
Microvertebrates from the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota, USA

Harriet B. Drage
Exceptional preservation of trilobite moulting behaviour from the Emu Bay Shale, South Australia

Session 3
Armin Elsler
Macroevolution of parareptiles

Suresh Singh
Investigating the decline of the Synapsida across the Permo-Triassic extinction and early Mesozoic using mandibular morphometrics

Edward Strickson
Dynamics of dental evolution in ornithopod dinosaurs

Katherine Williams
Quantitative virtual histology: visualising the microstructure of avian bone using high-resolution and high-throughput synchrotron-based computed tomography

Maurizio Sansonetti
Multidisciplinary methodological study on the origin of tissue-specific uv luminescence emission on well preserved vertebrate fossils

Ellen MacDonald
Investigating Siliceous Microfossils using Imaging Flow Cytometry

Jordan Bestwick
Inferring the diets of pterosaurs and extant analogues using quantitative 3D textural analysis of tooth microwear

Arindam Roy
Bacteria or Melanosomes?

Alexander J. Askew
Middle Devonian ecological change and the Kazák event in Northern Spain

Valentin Rineau
New insights for the rudist phylogeny (Bivalvia, Hippuritida)

Session 4
Jonathan P. Tennant
A hidden extinction in tetrapods at the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary?

Andrew Jones
Exploring the phylogeny and form of Phytosauria

Richard P. Dearden
The articulated visceral skeleton of an acanthodian-grade stem-group chondrichthyan

Marco Castiello
The role of petalichthyid placoderms in early jawed vertebrate evolution: old problems, new insights and future prospects

Sophie Macaulay
Towards Improved Predictions of Centre of Mass Position, and its Pivotal Importance in Modelling Locomotion

Gabriele Mazzuferi
The first evidence of eggs in a Eocene stingray from Bolca, Italy

Emma Dunne
Quantifying Biodiversity During the Terrestralisation of Life

Imelda M. Hausmann
Late Triassic Cassian Formation – Significance for the estimation of fossil and modern biodiversity

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