Fossil and Modern Clam Shrimp

Symposium Organisers:
Thomas A. Hegna, Western Illinois University, USA
D. Christopher Rogers, University of Kansas, USA

Email Contact:
ta-hegna@wiu.edu
branchiopod@gmail.com

Description:

Scientists who study laevicaudatan, spinicaudatan, and cyclestheridan crustaceans inhabit two different worlds: there are those that study modern clam shrimp and those that study fossil clam shrimp. With rare exceptions, the two communities are mutually exclusive and have not interacted much. To make matters worse, the two communities study the organisms in different ways, using almost mutually exclusive sets of characters. The time is ripe for cross-pollination between the two groups in order to push forward progress on understanding the phylogeny and evolutionary history of the group. This symposium aims to bring both groups together to advance the study of laevicaudatan, spinicaudatan, and cyclestheridian crustaceans.

Invited Speakers:

Manja Hethke, Institut für Geologische Wissenschaften, Free University of Berlin, GERMANY
Gang Li, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Martin Schwentner, Center of Natural History, Universitaet Hamburg, GERMANY
Zandra M. S.Sigvardt, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, DENMARK
Brian Timms, University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA
Stephen Weeks, The University of Akron, USA

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