RG Paleobiology

Within the framework of a discussion during the Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in Dresden in 2016 and Münster in 2017, we (Joachim HaugKenneth De BaetsAlexander Nützel) decided to found a Paleobiology research group. The idea behind it was to allow a discussion forum for all paleontologists with more biologically orientated questions and biologists interested in including fossils in their studies. Hobby paleontologists with similar interests are, of course, also invited to join us. Our first official meeting was a workshop on the species concept at the Zoological Collection in Munich in October 2017.

During this workshop in Munich, Joachim Haug was voted to become the spokesperson of the research group. This informal meeting allowed a more open discussion and efficient exchange concerning all aspects of paleobiology. We plan to meet for another workshop and a session in the framework of the Annual Meeting of the Paläontologische Gesellschaft in September 2018 in Bonn. The topic of choice of the workshop was chosen to be “Disparity”. The exact time and date will be announced. Joachim Haug and Kenneth De Baets will also be chairing a session at the GeoBonn 2018, Session 10g, under Topic 10: Fossil ecosystems: Reconstructing the ecological roles of extinct organisms: functional morphology, phylogeny and ontogeny.

Spokesperson: Joachim Haug


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