Flinders University Palaeontology Society, The Australasian Palaeontologists, and University of Adelaide Palaeontologists would like to thank everyone who attended and presented at the 2019 AAP Symposium South Australia, held for the first time on Saturday the 27th of April 2019. the day was full of interesting talks, covering a broad range of topics from palaeoclimate and geochronology to early life and the Cenozoic Australia.
Academics and students presented short talks on the three session themes over the day. The program booklet for the day, including abstracts from all presentations is still available for download via the link below.
Encompassing all life from the Ediacaran and Cambrian, through to the early vertebrates of the Devonian. We would love to see a diversity of taxa and time periods in this session, with talks from students and academics covering the origins of all multi-cellular life on earth.
Palaeoclimate and Geochronology
Palaeontology requires an understanding of geology, and the effects of both biotic and abiotic factors through time. Evidence of changing climate and landscapes is preserved in many forms in Australia’s geological record and this session highlights some of the key methods SA researchers are using to elucidate the drivers of the evolution of our unique biota.
Split into two, this session will cover both the ‘pre-Quaternary Origins of Our Biota’ and ‘Interglacials and Ancient DNA’. Speakers are invited to discuss evidence of the origins of Australia’s diverse and unique flora and fauna, from the Palaeocene to the Pliocene. The second half of the session is focused on exploring the Pleistocene: covering glacial cycles, megafauna extinction, and the arrival of humans to the Australian landscape.