In late September members of Team TW:eed assembled in Brussels to take part in a symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity Patterns in the Mid-Palaeozoic. On the IGCP 596 website you can watch a movie that explains what the scientific collaboration is all about. They were contributing to a special session on the TW:eed Project. Individual members of the Project have presented papers before at specialist conferences on palaeontology, vertebrate palaeontology and sedimentology, but this was the first time different parts of the Project had been invited to share their results at the same international meeting.
The symposium was held at the Royal Belgium Institute of Natural Science which is famous for its large collection of dinosaurs discovered at Bernissart in southern Belgium in 1878.
|Petra Tonarova from the Czech Geological Survey took this photograph showing Dave Millward, John Marshall, Emma Reeves, Dave Carpenter and Tim Smithson in front of one of the Bernissart Iguanodon skeletons.|
John Marshall began the session with a brief overview of the project, emphasising the important contribution the late Stan Wood had made to our discoveries in the Scottish Borders, and the collaborative involvement of many researchers and volunteers from across the UK. Dave Millward, Dave Carpenter, John Marshall, Emma Reeves and Tim Smithson followed with presentations on a range of different topics including the environment of the Borders during the early Carboniferous, atmospheric oxygen levels at the time, the recovery of plant life following the end-Devonian extinction, the palaeoclimate of the early Carboniferous and the rich diversity of fishes and tetrapods we are now finding in Romer’s Gap. Their presentations sparked a lot of discussion, especially in the tea break following the session.
The symposium had attracted delegates from around the world and it was great to be able to share with them some of the many results coming out of the TW:eed Project.
Until next timeCarys