Wednesday was the first day of lectures for the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting. Talks typically begin around 8:00 AM and go until 4:00 PM. Following the talks are student poster presentations. Often, these presentations are the first look at a new project or discovery in paleontology. After the presentation, an author gets feedback from his/her peers, and the presentation may become a scientific article in a peer-reviewed journal like Science, Nature, Journal of Paleontology, etc.
In addition to the presentations is the networking. In many cases, some paleontologists who collaborate may only see each other once a year, and it is typically at this meeting. Josh and I already have met with several well-known paleontologists to discuss future projects.
Today I listened to a presentation that showcased a Cretaceous snake that was killed in a dinosaur egg nest; while in the process of eating a dinosaur near-hatchling. The presenter, Dr. Jason Head, recently published on a giant fossil boa constrictor that was named Titanoboa…..a 40 foot long constrictor!
…I think this would make an excellent addition to our 2010 PaleoFest lineup!
It was a great start to what is shaping up to be another eventful and informational conference.
To get a brief idea of what we’re going to be up to, check out the schedule for the annual meeting here.
More to come soon!
…Signing off from Bristol,