The meeting itself was very successful with 50 pterosaur researchers from around the world attending the four day symposium. It was quickly decided that this should become a regular event and thus the plans for a second meeting in Beijing for mid 2010 was announced. While the final details have yet to be decided the basic arrangements are there. So, if you want to come to a meeting on pterosaurs then this is what you need to know:
Third International Symposium on Pterosaurs
5-10 August, 2010
Pterosaurs are amongst the most fascinating and enigmatic of all extinct creatures. Thanks to some spectacular fossil finds in recent years our understanding of the palaeobiology and evolutionary history of these ‘flying reptiles’ has seen several dramatic advances. Some of the most important discoveries, including the first eggs with embryos, have been made in China where the Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous is currently producing new species of pterosaurs at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world. In recognition of this the Third International Symposium on Pterosaurs “Flugsaurier 2010” will be held in China in August 2010. This will be the third international pterosaur symposium and follows successful meetings held in France in 2001 and Germany in 2007.
The meeting will be organized by the Geological Survey of China, sponsored by the Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, and co-sponsored by the Bureau of Fossil Protection, Liaoning Provincial Department of National Land Resources, and the People’s Government of Yixian.
The meeting is planned for 5th-11th August, 2010. Talks, posters, at least one open discussion session and (subject to availability) examination of specimens, are planned for the first three days of the meeting. This will be followed by an optional three day field excursion to view exposures of the Jehol Group and exhibitions/collections of fossils from this sequence which has yielded more than 100 specimens of pterosaurs in the last 10 years. All those interested in pterosaurs and the communities and environments in which they lived are encouraged to attend.
1. Meeting aims:
As in previous symposia this meeting is intended to cover all aspects of pterosaur palaeobiology and the world in which they live:
(a) The origin and evolution of pterosaurs
(b) Taxonomy, systematics and phylogeny
(c) Palaeobiology including anatomy, functional morphology and ontogeny
(d) Taphonomy, sedimentology and environments of preservation
(e) Ecosystems and contemporaneous fauna and flora
2. Meeting Programme:
(a) Academic sessions (3 days):
Oral presentations will consist of key-note lectures (45 minutes) and talks (30 minutes). These times include at least 5 minutes for discussion.
There will be at least one poster session (further details will be given in the second circular)
(b) Field excursion (3 days):
North-east China. This will include visits to field sites, exhibitions and collections primarily in Liaoning Province.
3. Abstracts and Symposium Volumes
An abstract volume will be prepared for distribution at the meeting. The abstract submission deadline is March 31st, 2010. No abstracts will be accepted after this date. Abstracts of up to two printed pages (A4) are preferred, but longer abstracts will be considered. Preferred formats are “Word” for text files and “JPG” for figures. A symposium volume is planned for publication in 2011 and will be open to both attendees and non-attendees. The manuscript deadline will be December 31st, 2010 (further details will be given in the second circular).
4. Expression of interest/information.
If you are interested in attending this meeting please send us an expression of interest indicating your plans to attend the academic session and the field trip, possible talk/poster title(s) and likelihood that you will be accompanied.
All correspondence (e-mail preferred), including any questions or suggestions, should be sent to Lü Junchang and Dave Unwin
Institute of Geology
Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
Department of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
103-105 Princess Road East
Leicester LE1 2LG
e-mail: dmu1 AT leicester.ac.uk