"MAJOR EVENTS IN EARLY VERTEBRATE EVOLUTION - PALAEONTLOGY,
PHYLOGENY, AND DEVELOPMENT"
There's still time to register for this conference, which will be taking
place at the Natural History Museum, London, 8-9 April 1999. Featuring a
strong international field of speakers, the meeting will explore the
emerging links between palaeontology and developmental biology, and
their impact on the understanding of vertebrate origins and
PER E. AHLBERG, Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum,
"Introduction: what can we offer each other?"
WILLY E. BEMIS, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, USA:
Title to be announced (evolution of basal actinopterygians).
JENNY A. CLACK, University Museum of Zoology, University of Cambridge,
"Sensory changes at the fish-tetrapod transition."
RICHARD CLOUTIER, Departement de Biologie, Universite du Quebec a
Rimouski, Quebec, Canada:
Development of the axial and appendicular skeleton in the Late Devonian
tristichopterid Eusthenopteron foordi: evolutionary constraints on basal
MICHAEL I. COATES, Biology Department, University College London, UK:
"A chondrichthyan perspective on the origin of jawed vertebrates."
PHIL DONOGHUE, School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK:
"Contentious characters, conodont affinity, and skeletal evolution
amongst the chordates."
PETER L. FOREY, Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History Museum,
"Braincase ossification patterns in fishes: are there phylogenetic
HENRY E. GEE, 'Nature' magazine, London, UK:
"The Origin of Chordates: Conflict and Controversies"
DANIEL GOUJET, Laboratoire de Paleontologie, Museum National d'Histoire
Naturelle, Paris, France:
"Placoderms and basal gnathostome apomorphies."
JAMES HANKEN, Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic
Biology, University of Colorado, USA:
"Testing hypotheses of developmental constraint: evolution of
morphological novelty in miniaturized vertebrates."
S. BLAIR HEDGES, Department of Biology, Pennsylvania State University,
"Molecular evidence for the early history of vertebrates."
J.RICHARD HINCHLIFFE, Institute of Biological Sciences, University of
Wales, Aberystwyth, UK:
"Evolution and the development of skeletal pattern in the limbs of
amphibia (especially urodeles): is there a tetrapod developmental
REBECCA HITCHIN, Department of Geology, Bristol University, UK:
"Diversification of the actinopterygians through the Permo-Triassic."
LINDA Z. HOLLAND, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, University of California at San Diego, USA:
"Tales from amphioxus: How the vertebrate body plan evolved."
PETER W.H. HOLLAND, School of Animal and Microbial Sciences, University
of Reading, UK:
"The origins of neural crest patterning."
PHILIPPE JANVIER, Laboratoire de Paleontologie, Museum National
d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France:
"Ostracoderms and the shaping of gnathostome characters."
RICHARD P.S. JEFFERIES, Department of Palaeontology, The Natural History
Museum, London, UK:
"Fossil evidence on the early history of the chordate nervous system and
JEAN JOSS, Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University,
"Lungfish Paired Fins"
JON MALLATT, Department of Zoology, Washington State University, USA:
"The relationships of lampreys to hagfishes, and the origin of jaws."
JOHN G. MAISEY, Department of Vertebrate Paleontology, American Museum
of Natural History, New York, USA:
"Endocranial morphology in some Paleozoic chondrichyans".
BRIAN. D. METSCHER, Department of Biology, University of South Dakota,
"Developmental aspects of the evolution of the teleost tail."
AXEL MEYER, Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Germany:
"Molecular data on the phylogenetic relationships among living
R. GLENN NORTHCUTT, Department of Neurosciences, University of
California, San Diego, USA:
"The role of neural crest and neurogenic placodes in the orgin of
JOHN H. POSTLETHWAIT, ANGEL AMORES, ALLAN FORCE, SUSAN BASSHAM and
YI-LIN YAN, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon, USA:
"Evolution of the vertebrate genome: A perspective from zebrafish,
lamprey, and Oikopleura."
MARK A. PURNELL, Department of Geology, University of Leicester, UK:
"Scenarios, Selection, and the Ecology of Early Vertebrates."
IVAN J. SANSOM, School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK:
"The Ordovician radiation of vertebrates."
HANS-PETER SCHULTZE, Institut fuer Palaeontologie, Museum fuer
Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universitaet, Berlin, Germany:
"Dialipina and the primitive characters of basal actinopterygians."
MOYA M. SMITH, Department of Anatomy, United Medical and Dental Schools,
Guy's Hospital, London, UK:
"Evolution of the vertebrate dentition: phylogenetic pattern and
M.PAUL SMITH, School of Earth Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK:
"The Cambrian origin of vertebrates."
MARK V. H. WILSON, Department of Zoology, University of Alberta,
Edmonton, Alberta T6G ZE9, Canada:
Title to be announced (origin and homology of paired appendages).
XIAOBO YU, Department of Biological Sciences, Kean University, Union,
"Psarolepis: how stem taxa and different coding strategies affect
ZHU MIN, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Palaeoanthropology,
"Basal taxa and phylogeny of osteichthyans."
In addition to the spoken papers, the meeting will feature over 30
posters on a wide range of topics.
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