TO ALL FRIENDS OF THE ORDOVICIAN SYSTEM
The latest issue of Ordovician News, covering research and activities conducted during 2013, together with some important announcements of forthcoming conferences, is available for download. Many thanks to all who contributed.
Secretary, International Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy
Download the Second Circular
The 2014 Field Workshop of IGCP 591, to be held jointly with ISSS, ISOS and ISCS, will be hosted at the Yunnan University in Kunming (SW China), August 12-21, 2014. Its formal theme is ―Geologic and biotic events and their relationships during the Early to Middle Paleozoic, however, the workshop will not be limited to these topics.
The Workshop will include two days of scientific sessions, an one-day trip to the Chengjiang Biota site (mid-conference field excursion), and a 6-day post-conference field excursion to investigate the Lower Paleozoic successions and fossils in northeastern Yunnan Province (western South China paleoplate) and western Yunnan Province (Indo-China and Sibumasu paleoplates).
The meeting is being organized jointly by the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (Chinese Academy of Sciences) and the Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology (Yunnan University), with financial support from the State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (LPS), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) and IGCP 591.
Welcome to Kunming, China in 2014!
ZHAN Renbin, HOU Xianguang and ZHANG Yuandong on behalf of the Organization Committee
We are sad to announce the death of Prof. Zhang Wentang, a well-known palaeontologist and geologist, and a research professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGP). Prof. Zhang died in Nanjing on October 20, 2013 having enjoyed good health until he passed away peacefully during a nap after lunch.
Prof. Zhang was born in Henan Province on January 10, 1925. He graduated from the Geology Department of Peking University in July 1948, and started his career as a stratigrapher and palaeontologist in the Institute of Geology of the Central Institution of Kuomintang (KMT) Government. He has been a research scientist at NIGP since the establishment of NIGP in 1951, and he dedicated more than 60 years of his career to working on the Cambrian stratigraphy, trilobites and other related fields. He was a titular member of the International Subcommission on Cambrian System (ISCS) for many years, and was a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature based in London. He was also one of the editors of the revised trilobite volumes of the Treatise, responsible for the revision of several trilobite superfamilies.
Prof. Zhang’s death is a tremendous loss for the palaeontological, stratigraphical, and geological communities in China and worldwide.
Prof. Zhang will be alive in our hearts for ever.
Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences
October 21, 2013
Palaeocast published an interview with Prof. David Harper of Durham University, UK, about the Ordovician System and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. Check it out at http://www.palaeocast.com/episode-19-the-great-ordovician-biodiversification-event.
To all friends of the Ordovician,
The Ordovician News No. 30 (for 2012) has been compiled and is available for download. Many thanks to all who contributed. I hope you will find this issue informative and useful.
If I have omitted any reports, or have made some other error in my compilation, please inform me and I will fix this up.
Ian Percival, Secretary of ISOS
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