Vertebrate palaeontology of Australasia into the twenty-first century

Jacqueline M.T. Nguyen, Martyna Molak, Karen H. Black, Erich M.G. Fitzgerald, Kenny J. Travouillon, Simon Y.W. Ho

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The 13th Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) took place in Perth,Western Australia, from 27 to 30 April 2011. This biennial meeting was jointly hosted by Curtin University, the Western Australian Museum, Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. Researchers from diverse disciplines addressed many aspects of vertebrate evolution, including functional morphology, phylogeny, ecology and extinctions. New additions to the fossil record were reported, especially from hitherto underrepresented ages and clades. Yet, application of new techniques in palaeobiological analyses dominated, such as dental microwear and geochronology, and technological advances, including computed tomography and ancient biomolecules. This signals a shift towards increased emphasis in interpreting broader evolutionary patterns and processes. Nonetheless, further field exploration for new fossils and systematic descriptions will continue to shape our understanding of vertebrate evolution in this little-studied, but most unusual, part of the globe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)804–806
Number of pages3
JournalBiology Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • vertebrate palaeontology
  • evolution
  • systematics
  • Quaternary extinctions
  • ancient DNA
  • Ancient DNA
  • Systematics
  • Vertebrate palaeontology
  • Evolution


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