QRA 1 Day Meeting: Extinction:- The Quaternary Perspective (in association with QUAVER and the Natural History Museum)
The Late Quaternary extinction of megafauna remains a 'hot topic' of research, with the last ten years seeing major advances in both the quantity of data (e.g. radiocarbon dates) and the variety of techniques employed (e.g. computer-modelling of prehistoric human hunting, niche-modelling of extinct species, and ancient DNA to estimate changing past population sizes). The topic is getting increasing exposure because of the relevance of this, the most recent palaeontological extinction event, to modern concerns about current and future biodiversity loss. This one-day QRA meeting, in association with QUAVER and the Natural History Museum, will highlight new approaches and new datasets, and will give an overview of where we are in understanding the causes of Late Pleistocene to Holocene extinctions, as well their relevance to the present. Confirmed speakers include Adrian Lister (NHM), Tony Stuart (Durham), Brian Huntley (Durham), Ian Barnes (RHUL), John Stewart (Bournemouth), Sam Turvey (Zoological Society of London).
Posters are invited on all aspects of Quaternary faunas. Abstracts (300 words max) can be submitted to Adrian Lister (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 31 August 2012.
Registration is £25 (£10 for students/unwaged) which includes refreshments and a sandwich lunch. The meeting will take place in the Flett Lecture Theatre (access via the Natural History Museum Earth Galleries entrance in Exhibition Road). Registration is now open - see link above to download the registration form. Registration deadline 31 August 2012.
Adrian Lister or Tom Hill (Quaver@nhm.ac.uk)