• Buck Quarry, Emu Bay Shale, Kangaroo Island (D. García-Bellido)
  • Redlichia & Estaingia, Emu Bay Shale (D. García-Bellido)
  • Emu Bay Shale fossil eye (J. Paterson) / Modern fly (Wikipedia)
  • Wedge-tailed Eagle, Flinders Ranges (D. García-Bellido)
  • Yellow-footed Rock Wallaby, Flinders Ranges (D. García-Bellido)
  • Cryogenian-Ediacaran landscape, Flinders Ranges (D. García-Bellido)
  • Spriggina from Nilpena, Flinders Ranges (D. García-Bellido)

Palaeo Down Under 2

Australasian Palaeontologists (AAP) cordially invites all palaeontologists from Australia, New Zealand and around the world to participate in Palaeo Down Under 2 (PDU2) in Adelaide (South Australia) on 11-15 of July 2016.

A full conference programme is proposed, covering all aspects of palaeontology and associated disciplines. Dedicated symposia on the Ediacaran and Cambrian systems will be a highlight of the programme, under the auspices of the respective International Subcommissions on Stratigraphy, focussing on recent rapid advances in our understanding in these areas.

PDU2 will include guest keynote lectures, general & thematic sessions, symposia and posters.

The conference will be preceded (1-9 July) by a field excursion to Ediacaran and Cambrian fossil localities in the renowned Flinders Ranges to the north of Adelaide, and will also feature the Emu Bay Shale Konservat-Lagerstätte on Kangaroo Island, south of Adelaide.

An half-day mid-conference field excursion has been arranged to Hallett Cove Conservation Park, in the vicinity of Adelaide.

A post-conference camping-style excursion to Cenozoic fossil localities in the arid Lake Eyre Basin, returning via the Cryogenian-Ediacaran-Cambrian outcrops of Brachina Gorge in Flinders Ranges National Park is also organized.


Organising Committee

Dr Peter (‘Pierre’) Kruse - South Australian Museum, Adelaide; Chair, AAP
Dr Diego García-Bellido - University of Adelaide; Secretary, AAP
Mr James Holmes - University of Adelaide; Acting Treasurer, AAP
Adjunct Professor James Jago - University of South Australia, Adelaide

Scientific Committee

Dr John Laurie (AAP) - Geoscience Australia, Canberra
Dr Ian Percival (AAP) - Geological Survey of New South Wales, Sydney
Prof Michael Archer - University of New South Wales, Sydney
Dr Phil Bell - University of New England, Armidale
Assoc Prof Glenn Brock - Macquarie University, Sydney
Dr John Conran - University of Adelaide
Dr James Gehling - South Australian Museum, Adelaide
Prof John Paterson - University of New England, Armidale
Dr Patricia Vickers-Rich - Monash University, Melbourne

Event Coordinator/Sponsorship

Ms Sue Mikkelsen - Sponsorship Connections, Sydney & Adelaide


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Second Circular
Early January 2016

Third Circular with Programme
June 2016

Deadline - Early bird registration
29 February 2016

Deadline - Abstract submission - EXTENDED!
15 April 2016

Deadline - Conference/Excursion registration EXTENDED!
20 June 2016

Pre-Conference Excursion
2-9 July 2016

11-15 July 2016

Post-Conference Excursion
16-23 July 2016

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