The Australasian Palaeontologists are hosting symposiums in each state, for the first time in 2019. Finders University Palaeontology Society are hosting the inaugural South Australian event. AAP and FUPS in collaboration with the University of Adelaide Palaeontologists invite all members of the South Australian palaeontology community to attend.

Saturday 27th April 2019

South 1 Lecture Theatre, Flinders University

Academics and students are welcome to present short talks or posters. There will be three session themes over the day:

Early Life

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.

Cenozoic Australia

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.

Registration and Abstract submission details

Registration is available on Eventbrite, here. The abstract and talk format information is all included in the abstract template available for download below. This file is editable in Adobe Acrobat Pro, for a Word document (.docx) version please email

Registration is free, and includes morning and afternoon tea provided by FUPS, and lunch courtesy of AAP.