UCMP sponsors Triassic workshop (cont.)

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suddenly turning up where previously only isolated teeth had been identifiable.
Beyond the specimens themselves, and the benefit to our collections that accrues when a group of experts pores over them, the participants in the Triassic workshop were able to develop considerable plans for collaborative research and new directions. The

Rainer Schoch at the workshop
Rainer Schoch (State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart) finds a lot of similarity between his German Triassic faunas and ours. (photo by Tim Fedak)

opportunity to communicate at such an early phase in their research has enabled them to clarify ideas and issues and avoid potential miscommunication in the future, which is always good for the scientific community. Although formal talks were not presented, half a dozen of the more junior (and highly accomplished) participants gave brief, informal summaries of the “state of the problem” in various troublesome areas, as a springboard for discussion among participants in the collections. A common theme of these presentations, and of discussion that followed them, was how much our ideas have changed in only a few years and how little we know about some problems that seemed rather settled only a few years ago. If the progress made at the Workshop is any indication, however, the future is in good hands. And how happy Sam Welles would be, we thought, if he could have been here to see the fruits of his generous donation and the progress that it has permitted for so many promising young scientists.

Special thanks to Pat Holroyd, Chris Mejia, Anna Lau, and Joyce Leighton for help with the logistics of the meeting!

January, 2005

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