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RE: Fwd: January 16th APS Paleo Talk and more events of interest

Another try folks.....

Steven Coombs
Steven's Dinosaurs: http://www.stevensdinosaurs.com


Attached is the abstract for January's Alberta Palaeontological Society
(APS) Talk on mammoth trackways and ancient man by Paul McNeil from the
U of C. Also included are: a notice for a day of lectures put on by the
Tyrrell Museum and the speaker schedule for the Annual APS Paleo

As always if you have any questions or would like to be removed from
this list please contact me.

Philip Benham
APS Technical Program Director
CSPG Paleo Divison Head
403-691-3343 or programs@albertapaleo.org.

Visit the APS website for confirmation of event times and upcoming
speakers: http://www.albertapaleo.org/

Mammoth tales: the story of the decline of Alberta?s megafauna told
Wally?s Beach, a late Pleistocene site, St. Mary Reservoir, Alberta,

Paul McNeil, Hills, L.V., Kooyman, B., and Tolman, M. S.
University of Calgary

7:30-9:00 PM
Friday, January 16th, 2004
Mount Royal College, Room B108


Discovered in 1996, the Wally?s Beach Site (DhPg-8), is an important palaeontological site and, at just over 11000 years before present, one of the oldest archaeological sites in Canada. Located on the eastern shore of the St. Mary Reservoir in southwestern Alberta, this site marks the end of the Pleistocene, a time of retreating glaciers, the expansion of humans, and extinction of most large North American mammals. Much debate has raged over the role that these early humans played in this most recent of large extinctions. The Wally?s Beach Site provides a rare look at the interaction of man and late Pleistocene megafauna just prior their final disappearance.

The paleogeography of the site attracted both megafauna and man,
resulting in a rich assemblage of skeletal remains, trackways, and
artifacts. Tracks of camel, mammoth, and horse record the behavior of
these extinct animals. Looking at the size distribution of mammoth
tracks, and comparing them with modern African elephants, determines
their age distribution. Containing far fewer juveniles than would be
expected for an expanding or stable population, these tracks provide
first evidence that a living mammoth population, coexisting with human
inhabitants, was in decline. Additionally, the same site provides
corroborating evidence of humans hunting megafauna (horse and bison).
This suggests that humans played a significant role in the end
Pleistocene extinctions in North America.


Paul McNeil received his B.Sc.Eng. from Queen?s University at Kingston
and is currently finishing up a Ph.D. in vertebrate palaeontology at
University of Calgary. He has worked with the Royal Tyrell Museum of
Palaeontology in Drumheller, AB, and the Yoho-Burgess Shale Foundation
in Field, BC. His current research concentrates on the behavior,
taxonomy, and extinction of late Pleistocene mammals.


Taken from the Royal Tyrrell Museum Website:

        Research Day 2004

        Get the latest information - right from the source. On
Saturday, January 31st from
        10:30am-4:00pm, Tyrrell scientists and their colleagues
a series of popular              talks and share the highlights of
what's happening in palaeontology research.

        Advance tickets:               $20.00 per person
        Society Members :            $18.00 per person

        Tickets at the door:           $25.00 per person
        Society Members :            $22.50 per person
        Tickets include all talks, admission to the Museum, and lunch.

        Philip Currie, Ph.D. Dinosaur Research

        Hunting Dinosaurs in Antarctica
        David Eberth, Ph.D. Sedimentary Geology

        Mexico Rocks: Dinosaurs, Sandflats and Magnetostratigraphy
        Don Brinkman, Ph.D. Vertebrate Palaeontology
        Vertebrates from Canada's High Arctic
        Eva Koppelhus, Ph.D. Palynology

        Dinosaur Fodder - The Cretaceous Plants of Alberta
        Raoul Mutter, Ph.D. Vertebrate Palaeontology

        The Biogeographic Significance of Triassic Fish Fauna
        Betsy Nicholls, Ph.D. Marine Reptiles

        Ichthyosaur Flippers: Why the notches?

        Kids Day, Too

        There's a full day of activities for ages 4 to 6 and 7 to 12.
Activities coincide
        with Research Day presentations, and kids will join their
parents for lunch.

        Cost:                 $18.00 per child
        Society Members :     $16.20 per child
        Cost includes programs and materials, admission to the museum,
and lunch.
        Maximum: 20 children per group. Advance reservations are

        Contact the Royal Tyrrell Museum's Bookings Office for
information or to request advance


Saturday March 20th, 2004
Jenkins Theatre, Mount Royal College, Calgary
Annual APS Palaeontological Symposium

Saturday March 20th events are free and open to the general public. Besides the lectures listed to below there will be posters and fossil specimens for viewing. On the Sunday March 21st there will be two workshops at a venue other than Mount Royal College on leaf morphology and identification (Georgia Hoffman) and vertebrate anatomy (Dr Anthony Russell). The latter involves some dissection, no previous knwledge required but there will be limited spots and a fee required to cover materials costs in the workshops. To register and participate in the workshops please contact Vaclav Marsovsky at Vaclav@telusplanet.net


9:30-10 AM Don Henderson, University of Calgary Sauropod Dinosaurs were the Colossal Corks of the Mesozoic.

10-10:30 AM
Lisa Budney, University of Alberta
New Technologies Challenge Old Views on the Evolution of Reptilian
Dental Morphology and Histology

10:30-10:45 AM Coffee break

10:45-11:15 AM
Darren Tanke, Royal Tyrrell Museum
Discovery of William E. Cutler's Winter 1919-1920 Fieldcamp, Dinosaur
Provincial Park, Alberta.

11:15-12:15 PM    Special Presentation
Gerhard Maier, ESSO
African Dinosaurs Unearthed: The Tendaguru Expeditions

12:15- 2:00 PM Lunch Break  / Poster Session

2:00-2:30 PM
Marisa Gilbert, University of Alberta
Approaches in Vocalizing the Science of Palaeontology to the Public of
All Ages.

2:30-3:00 PM
Richard McCrea, University of Alberta
Lisa G. Buckley, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Excavating British Columbia's First Dinosaurs, and Other
Palaeontological Projects in the Tumbler Ridge area

3:00-3:30 PM
David Eberth, Royal Tyrrell Museum
Revising the Edmonton Group: A Framework for Assessing Biostratigraphy
and Climate Change

3:30-4:30 PM      KEY-NOTE TALK.
Nate Murphy, Director of Vertebrate Paleontology, Phillips County
Museum, Montana
"Leonardo" the Virtual Dinosaur

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