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Research showcased at CAVEPS 2015

20 September 2015

The 15th biennial Conference on Australasian Vertebrate Evolution, Palaeontology and Systematics (CAVEPS) was held in Alice Springs on 1-5 September 2015.

Hosted by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory the conference showcased the latest palaeontological research from the region.

Research at Riversleigh, St Bathans (NZ) and other sites throughout Australasia was presented, including:

  • Middle Miocene origins for tough-browse dietary specialisations in koalas: description of a new genus and species of phascolarctid (Marsupialia, Phascolarctidae) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, Queensland, by Karen Black.
  • Cranial and skeletal elements of a new species of enigmatic kangaroo (genus Balbaroo) and a re-evaluation of balbarid (Balbaridae: Macropodiformes) taxonomy, by Karen Black, Kenny Travouillon, Wendy Den Boer, Ben Kear, Bernie Cooke and Mike Archer.
  • Revision of Ganawamaya and Nambaroo, fanged kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodiformes, Balbaridae) from the Riversleigh World Heritage Area, northwestern Queensland by Kaylene Butler, Kenny Travouillon, Gilbert Price, Mike Archer and Sue Hand.
  • Is it possible that marsupial lions (Thylacoleo carnifex) underwent a profound change of diet as they aged from hypercarnivory to opportunistic carnivory or even omnivory? by Hamish Craig, Mike Archer and Sue Hand.
  • How Australasian “Plains-wanderer” Fossils are reshaping our Understanding of the Evolutionary History of Shorebirds (Charadriiformes) by Vanesa de Pietri, Paul Scofield, Aaron Camens, Alan Tennyson, Sue Hand and Trevor Worthy.
  • Australian Miocene free-tailed bats (Chiroptera: Molossidae): new specimens and revised relationships by Sue Hand.
  • A new mekosuchine crocodile displaying extreme longirostry from the late Oligocene of Riversleigh, north-western Queensland, Australia by Michael Stein, Sue Hand and Mike Archer.
  • Building a biogeographic map of the fossil bandicoots and bilbies from Pliocene and Quaternary deposits of Australia by Kenny Travouillon, Gilbert Price, Jonathan Cramb, Julien Louys, Scott Hocknull, Sue Hand and Mike Archer
  • Midget Submarines from Riversleigh: Dwarf Chelid Turtles by Arthur White, Mike Archer, Sue Hand and Karen Black.
  • The extinct flightless mihirungs (Aves, Dromornithidae): cranial anatomy, a new species and assessment of Oligo-Miocene lineage diversity by Trevor Worthy, Warren Handley, Mike Archer and Sue Hand.

Click here to visit the conference web page and download the programme.

 

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