Edinburgh 2013
60th Symposium for Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy
and the
22nd meeting of the Symposium for Palaeontological Preparation and Conservation
Geological Curators’ Group
27th - 30th August 2013

Third Circular

Welcome to the Third Circular for the 2013 GCG/SPPC/SVPCA meeting. With only nine days left until the meeting, we hope you are all prepared. In this circular we will provide you with basic instructions on how to find the venues, along with other details relevant to the meeting and your stay in Edinburgh. Other information about presentation guidelines etc. is available in the Second Circular. This year has seen a record number of registrations with a commensurate number of offers of oral and poster presentations. In generating the platform presentation schedule for SVPCA we have sought to avoid having to offer poster slots to delegates wishing to give oral presentations. In the schedule below you will see that to achieve this we have had to extend some of the sessions.

Registration and Payment

Thank you to all of you who have already paid for your booking. Although the deadline for payments passed a number of weeks ago, we still await payment from a large number of delegates. We have now been given SWIFT and IBAN details for overseas electronic bank transfers, and if you would prefer to pay for your booking in this way please contact Stig Walsh ([email protected]) for instructions. Cheques should be sent to Stig Walsh, National Museums Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1JF, and made payable to National Museums Scotland. Please make sure you include your name and registration number on all payments.

The Jones-Fenleigh Memorial Fund Auction

Last year’s auction smashed all records, so with a record number of registered delegates this year, expectations for another good year are high. The Jones-Fenleigh Memorial Fund exists thanks to your kind donations, and we can no longer rely on interest alone to renew the fund each year. So please bring along your items for auction and please be generous! Storage space will be available at the Royal Society of Edinburgh if you wish to drop items off early from the Wednesday

Provisional Schedule

Monday 26th
  SPPC/GCG registration at Pollock Halls (1600-1800)
Tuesday 27th
  SPPC/GCG registration and presentations at the Grant Institute, University of Edinburgh
0800-0850 Registration
0850-0900 Welcome
0900-0920 Special care for historical collections - The Timor Collection at Naturalis Biodiversity Center (the Netherlands). Natasja den Ouden & Becky Desjardins.
0920-0940 Why look at fossils in infra-red? Nigel Larkin.
0940-1000 ‘Kong Long Dan’: excavation, export and experience. Jeff Liston.
1000-1020 The Trento Experience: building life-like models of extinct species and shipping them 1000 miles to Italy. Robert Nicholls.
1020-1100 Coffee break
1100-1120 The use of expansive demolition agents for the extraction of large and delicate dinosaur fossils from the Upper Cretaceous of South-Central Pyrenees (Catalonia, Europe). Angel Galobart, Albert Garcia-Sellés & Bernat Vila.
1120-1140 Estimating the volumes and masses of big plaster field jackets. Donald Henderson.
1140-1200 The new Palaeobiology Store at National Museums Scotland. Andrew Ross.
1230-1300 Transport to National Museums Collections Centre
1300-1400 Lunch and poster session
1400-1600 Tour of National Museums Scotland Collections Centre: Palaeobiology Store, Mineral Store, Taxidermy lab and Preparation Laboratory.
1900 on SVPCA registration and Icebreaker reception at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Wednesday 28th
0830-0840 Welcome by Stuart Monro of Our Dynamic Earth.
0840-0900 A first time for everything - the earliest multituberculate, pseudotribosphenic and crown group mammals, and other major clades from the Middle Jurassic Hornsleasow Quarry, Gloucestershire, UK. Ian Corfe, Pam Gill, Philippa Brewer, David Ward & Mike Benton.
0900-0920 The marsupial-placental mammal dichotomy revisited: new morphological data and the relevance of geography on evolutionary patterns of diversity and disparity. Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra, Madeleine Geiger & Analía M. Forasiepi.
0920-0940 Zalambdodonty and the phylogenetic position of Necrolestes patagonensis: assessing the presence of a 45 million year dryolestoid ghost lineage Rachel O'Meara & Richard Thompson
0940-1000 Sorting through the wastebasket: a phylogeny of Palaeocene mammals. Thomas J. D. Halliday, Paul Upchurch & Anjali Goswami.
1000-1020 The biomechanics of feeding in the Laotian rock rat, Laonastes aenigmamus. Philip Cox.
1020-1100 Coffee break and poster session. 3
1100-1120 Exploring the patterns of cranial and mandibular co-variation within the order Rodentia. Elizabeth Kerr, Sam Cobb & Phil Cox.
1120-1140 Modern tracks, ancient steps. Sarita Amy Morse, Matthew R. Bennett & Robin H. Crompton.
1140-1200 Postural stability during locomotion: the effects of object tracking and dual tasking. Emma Webster, Russell Savage, Robin Crompton & Nathan Jeffery.
1200-1220 Claddis: a new R package for automating disparity analyses based on cladistic datasets. Graeme Lloyd.
1220-1240 Trace elemental imaging of exceptionally-preserved fossils: palaeontological and taphonomical implications. Pierre Gueriau, Cristian Mocuta, Didier Dutheil, Serge Cohen & Loïc Bertrand.
1240-1400 Lunch.
1400-1420 Cephalopods in the diet of pterosaurs: evidence from a Rhamphorhynchus coprolite. David Hone, Donald Henderson, Michael Habib & Francois Therrien.
1420-1440 Air space proportion in pterosaur wing bones. Elizabeth Martin & Colin Palmer.
1440-1500 The taxonomy of GSM 3166 Parapsicephalus purdoni Arthaber 1919, a three dimensional pterosaur skull from the Lower Alum Shale of Whitby. Michael O'Sullivan.
1500-1520 Pterosaur overlords of Transylvania: short-necked giant azhdarchids in Late Cretaceous Romania. Mark Witton, Matyas Vremir, Gareth Dyke, Darren Naish, Stephen Brusatte & Mark Norell.
1520-1540 DGM 1475-R, a fragment of three-dimensionally preserved pterosaur wing membrane from the Santana Formation of Brazil. David Unwin, David Martill & Richard Hing.
1540-1600 Coffee break and poster session.
1600-1620 Terrestrial vertebrates from the Late Triassic of Portugal: new records of temnospondyls and archosauriforms from a Pangaean rift sequence. Stephen L. Brusatte, Richard J. Butler, Octávio Mateus, J. Sébastien Steyer & Jessica H. Whiteside.
1620-1640 The sexual selection debate: extravagant structures and ‘species recognition’ in Mesozoic dinosaurs and other animals. Darren Naish, David Hone & Robert Knell.
1640-1700 Making some headway: retro-deformation of a tectonically deformed chasmosaurine ceratopsian skull. Donald Henderson.
1700-1720 Wear pattern, dental function and jaw mechanism in the Late Cretaceous ankylosaur Hungarosaurus. Attila Ösi & Paul M. Barrett.
1720-1740 Edinburgh Museum’s dinosaur, Waterhouse Hawkins’s Hadrosaurus foulkii. Michael Taylor.
1900- TBC:Whisky tasting at the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Thursday 29th
  SVPCA registration and presentations at the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
0830-0850 Barosaurus revisited: the concept of Barosaurus (Dinosauria: Sauropoda) is based on erroneously referred specimens. Michael P. Taylor & Mathew J. Wedel
0850-0910 A giant, skeletally immature individual of Apatosaurus from the Morrison Formation of Oklahoma. Matt Wedel.
0910-0930 Biomechanical evidence of niche partitioning between sympatric sauropod dinosaurs. David Button, Emily Rayfield & Paul Barrett.
0930-0950 New data on Early Jurassic theropod diversity in the Lufeng Formation of Yunnan Province, China. Jeff Liston & Darren Naish. 4
0950-1010 Using the Character Completeness Metric to examine completeness of Mesozoic dinosaurs: a Maastrichtian high and a palaeoequatorial low. Mark Bell, Paul Upchurch, Philip Mannion & Graeme Lloyd.
1010-1030 Large geographic ranges confer little protection against extinction in terrestrial tetrapods across the T-J boundary. Alexander Dunhill & Matthew Wills.
1030-1050 Coffee break and poster session.
1050-1110 The aerodynamics of feather asymmetry and implications for paravian flight. Michael Habib.
1110-1130 Early evolution of the modern avian wing. Gareth Dyke, Gary Kaiser & Darren Naish.
1130-1150 Studies of endocasts in extant and extinct birds: flying and behavioural implications. Vincent Beyrand, Paul Tafforeau, Vincent Fernandez & Eric Buffetaut.
1150-1210 Neogene auks (Aves, Alcidae) in North Atlantic cool waters - review and quest. Ella Hoch.
1210-1230 An unusual macrophagous metriorhynchid from the Late Jurassic of England. Mark T. Young, Lorna Steel, Stephen L. Brusatte, Eliza A. Howlett, Matt Riley, Erich Fitzgerald, Brian L. Beatty, Casey Holliday.
1230-1400 Lunch.
1400-1420 Tooth replacement in durophagous placodont marine reptiles (Sauropterygia, Placodontia), with new data on the dentition of Chinese taxa. James M. Neenan.
1420-1440 Reassessment of the ‘Paris Plesiosaur’. Mark Evans & Michael A. Taylor.
1440-1500 Understanding the hydrodynamics and ecomorphology of plesiosaurs - a computational and experimental approach. Luke Muscutt.
1500-1520 A new rhomaleosaurid pliosaur from the Sinemurian (Lower Jurassic) of Lyme Regis, England. Adam Smith & Ricardo Araújo.
1520-1540 The early evolutionary radiation of Triassic marine reptiles. Tom Stubbs & Michael Benton.
1540-1600 Morphological and hydrodynamical convergence in pelagic vertebrates. Benjamin Moon.
1600-1620 Coffee break and poster session.
1620-1640 A fresh look at the genus Ichthyosaurus: species characteristics, phylogeny and evolutionary drivers. Jessica Lawrence Wujek, Darren Naish & Gareth Dyke.
1640-1700 Variation in the forefin morphology of the lower Jurassic ichthyosaur genus Ichthyosaurus. Judy A. Massare & Dean R. Lomax.
1700-1720 A first report on a nearly complete Middle Triassic mixosaurid ichthyosaur from Edgeøya, Svalbard archipelago. Jørn Harald Hurum, Aubrey Jane Roberts, Hans Arne Nakrem, Jan Stenløkk & Atle Mørk.
1720-1740 A new Upper Jurassic ophthalmosaurid ichthyosaur from central Spitsbergen. Aubrey Jane Roberts, Jørn Harald Hurum & Patrick S. Druckenmiller.
1740-1800 On the taxonomy, life history and evolutionary patterns of diversification of the basal actinopteryigian fish Saurichthys. Erin E. Maxwell, Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra*, Torsten M. Scheyer, Leonhard Schmid, Laura A. B. Wilson & Heinz Furrer.
1900 Jones Fenleigh Fund auction at the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Friday 30th
  SVPCA registration and presentations at National Museums Scotland.
0830-0840 Welcome by Jane Carmichael, Director of Collections, NMS. 5
0840-0900 150 million years of morphological evolution in neopterygian fish: implications for notions of teleost superiority John Clarke & Matt Friedman
0900-0920 ‘Fin End of the Wedge’: variability of pectoral fin shape in a group supposedly uniformly ‘scythe-like’. Jeff Liston, Anthony Maltese & Jesús Alvarado Ortega.
0920-0940 Getting inside the head of Cretaceous-Palaeogene teleosts: new morphological and functional data from the exceptional fish fossils of the English Chalk and London Clay. Roger Close, Hermione Beckett, Norman MacLeod, Zerina Johanson & Matt Friedman.
0940-1000 Early pufferfishes and kin (Percomorpha: Tetraodontiformes) from the Eocene London Clay: new anatomical insights from computed tomography. Matt Friedman, Roger Close, William Fowler & Zerina Johanson.
1000-1020 A virtual view of early ray-finned fish endocasts. Sam Giles & Matt Friedman*
1020-1040 Coffee break and poster session.
1040-1100 What made Stan such a successful collector? Ian Rolfe.
1100-1120 Stan loved a good fossil: some recent spectacular fossil fish finds from Gogo (late Devonian, Australia). John A .Long & Kate Trinajstic.
1120-1140 Tournaisian tetrapods from Scotland. Jenny Clack & Tim Smithson.
1140-1200 A partial lower jaw of a tetrapod from the Tournaisian of Scotland. Per Erik Ahlberg, Donglei Chen, Martin Brazeau & Henning Blom.
1200-1220 Glencartholm revisited. Margaret Elliot.
1220-1400 Lunch.
1400-1420 Lungfishes from Romer’s Gap: experiments in tooth plate morphology. Tim Smithson & Jenny Clack.
1420-1440 Ageleodus: widespread mid-Palaeozoic sharks known only from teeth. Susan Turner.
1440-1500 Computed tomographic investigation of newly recognized specimens of Tristychius, a pivotal taxon in chondrichthyan phylogeny. Michael Coates, Katherine E. Criswell, Ellen Verner & John Dick.
1500-1520 Fossilized ontogenies: Gogo placoderms reveal embryonic development in 370 million year old early vertebrates. Zerina Johanson & Kate Trinajstic.
1520-1540 Coffee break and poster session.
1540-1600 Fossils of early vertebrates and the evolution of the gnathostome face revealed by synchrotron imaging. Vincent Dupret, Sophie Sanchez, Daniel Goujet, Paul Tafforeau & Per E. Ahlberg.
1600-1620 Cranial roof bone names and homologizations between fishes and tetrapods. An old controversy revisited. Ulf J Borgen.
1620-1640 Palaeoneurology in Devonian lungfish: morphological diversity or conservatism in the neurological system? Tom Challands.
1900 Annual Dinner at the Royal College of Physicians.
  * indicates presenting author where the first author is not present.

Getting to Edinburgh

By train

Edinburgh city has a number of train stations, but the most centrally located (in terms of the venues used in this meeting) is the main Waverley Station, situated between Princes Street, North Bridge, Waverley Bridge and Market Street. From here the Pollock Halls accommodation is approximately 1.2 miles to the south, and the Royal Society of Edinburgh and National Museum of Scotland venues are respectively approximately 0.6 of a mile east and 0.4 of a mile south east from the station. For delegates attending GCG/SPPC in the Grant Institute (Edinburgh University), the King’s Buildings venue is approximately 2.2 miles south of the station and may be better reached using the city’s bus service (see below).

By car

Edinburgh is easily accessible by car from the south via the main A1, A68, A7 roads and motorway network to the west. Parking is available for those who have booked accommodation at Pollock Halls, but it should be noted that parking within the city for those staying elsewhere is extremely limited and expensive. Edinburgh City parking attendants have a fearsome reputation and hunt in packs.

By air

Edinburgh Airport is situated some 8 miles west of the centre. The infamous (over budget, over time) tram service is not yet operational, and travel to the centre is by either the Airlink 100 bus (every 10 minutes, costing £3.50 single or £6.00 return), the Lothian Buses number 35 service (every 15 minutes, £1.50 single or £3.50 for day ticket anywhere in the city) or by one of the numerous taxis, which will be more costly (usually around £20-25) depending on the time of day.

Pollock Halls (Map inset B)

Pollock Halls is situated on Holyrood Park Road (EH16 5AY), which is off the main A7 (Dalkeith Road) that runs south east from the city centre. From the South use the A720 (Edinburgh Bypass), and take the A7 Old Dalkeith Road exit at the Sheriffhall roundabout towards the city centre. Continue straight for approximately three miles, then turn right onto Holyrood Park Road just after the Royal Commonwealth Pool. Pollock Halls is the second turning on the right. Report to the Reception and state that you are staying as part of the SVPCA meeting (event reservation 171885). You will be issued with a key and be directed to your room. Rooms will be available from 1400 on the day of your arrival, and must be vacated by 1030 on the day of your departure. Parking is available on site. Note that there will be no conference registration at Pollock Halls. Registration desks will be situated at the King’s Buildings (SPPC; Tuesday morning), Royal Society of Edinburgh (Icebreaker, Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning to Thursday afternoon) and National Museums Scotland (Friday morning) (see below).

Grant Institute (Map inset C)

The GCG/SPPC meeting will be held in the Grant Institute at the King’s Buildings, which are located at West Mains Road (EH9 3JN). Several Lothian Buses services stop close to the King’s Buildings: the 24, 38 41 all stop on West Mains Road itself; the 41 route along Causewayside (A700) is the closest to Pollock Halls. Detailed information about Lothian Buses routes can be found here: http://www.lothianbuses.com/timetables-tickets-maps/timetables/, and a detailed route map accompanies this circular and can be downloaded here: http://lothianbuses.com/assets/files/RM130701.pdf.

Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) (Map inset A)

The RSE is the venue for the first two days of the SVPCA meeting, and is situated at 22-26 George Street (EH2 2PQ) approximately 1.8 miles (around half an hour’s walk) from Pollock Halls. The number 2 Lothian Buses service can be caught outside of Pollock Halls and crosses George Street. A registration desk will be set up close to the entrance.

National Museums Scotland (NMS) (Map inset A)

NMS is situated on Chambers Street (EH1 1JF), and is the venue for the presentations on Friday. Because the meeting begins before the Museum opens at 1000, access will be by the Lothian Street entrance. NMS is approximately 1.1 mile from Pollock Halls (under half an hour’s walk). A registration desk will be set up outside the auditorium.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) (Map inset A)

The RCP is the venue for the annual dinner on Friday, and is situated at 9 Queen Street (EH2 1JQ), approximately 1.9 miles from Pollock Halls (roughly 40 minute’s walk). The number 2 Lothian Buses service can be caught outside of Pollock Halls and crosses Queen Street.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact one of the organisers. We look forward to welcoming you to Edinburgh!

Host committee

Nick Fraser (National Museums Scotland)
Stig Walsh (National Museums Scotland)
Stephen Brusatte (University of Edinburgh)
Jeff Liston (Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Yunnan and National Museums Scotland)
Vicen Carrió (National Museums Scotland)

Edinburgh 2013

Previous Circulars:

First Circular
Second Circular