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UCMP at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Las Vegas SVP logoThe 71st Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology took place November 2-5 in the Paris Las Vegas Hotel on the dazzling Vegas strip, and UCMP's usual presence was as strong as ever. At least 18 Berkeley faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates presented talks or contributed to posters highlighting the range of work UCMP and affiliates accomplish, from bird development to biogeography, ecosystem conservation to dinosaur histology. In case you missed out on all the fun, check out the talk/poster titles and abstracts below.

ATTERHOLT, J. 2011. Phylogenetic mapping of the avian altricial-precocial spectrum and its implications for inferring early avialan life history. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):64-65A. Abstract

CARRASCO, M. 2011. Comparing extant mammalian species diversity to paleospecies richness: Problems and solutions. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):85A. Abstract / download the Powerpoint presentation

Carroll, N., A. POUST, and D. Varricchio. 2011. A third azhdarchid pterosaur from the Two Medicine Formation (Campanian) of Montana. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.). Abstract

FERRER, E.A., and N.J. MATZKE. 2011. Are raw taxic counts really reflecting shifts in diversity dynamics? A case study in canids. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.). Abstract

GOODWIN, M., K. Stanton, J.R. Horner, and S.J. Carlson. 2011. Oxygen isotopic variability and preservation in Tyrannosaurus rex, modern ratites and crocodylians: Revisiting the thermophysiology of T. rex using Δ18O. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):117-118A. Abstract / Select slides from the presentation

HUYNH, T., S. Cam, A. Kwong, H. Mehrabani, K. Tse and D. Evangelista. 2011. Aerodynamic characteristics of feathered dinosaur shapes measured using physical models: a comparative study of maneuvering. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.). Abstract

LINDSEY, E.L. 2011. A sloth-dominated late-Quaternary asphalt seep from Santa Elena, Ecuador. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.). Abstract

LIPPS, J.H. 2011. PaleoParks: Preservation and conservation of fossil sites worldwide. Abstract

Matzke, N., and K. MAGUIRE. 2011. Inclusion of fossil species range data in dispersal-extinction-cladogenesis (DEC) analyses aorrects low estimates of extinction rate and improves estimates of historical biogeography. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):154A. Abstract

Morris, Z., and E.A. FERRER. 2011. Ontogenetic variation in epiplastral shape among Eocene testudinoid turtles (Echmatemys) of western North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.). Abstract

PADIAN, K. 2011. Phylogenetic distribution of ecological traits in the origin of bats. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):170A. Abstract / Nature news blog

STEGNER, A., and M. HOLMES. 2011. Using paleontological databases to assess spatial and temporal conservation of mammalian community structure as an aid to conservation planning. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3, suppl.):199A. Abstract