IMECT 2019

On October 17-24th, 2019 the International Meeting on the Ediacaran and the Ediacaran-Cambrian Transition (IMECT) in Guadalupe, Spain was held. Romain Gougeon represented the Ichnology Research Group with two projects: a talk on ‘The Ediacaran-Cambrian Chapel Island Formation of Newfoundland revisited: Evaluating changes in ecospace utilization by early animals’ and a poster on ‘Loops, circles, spirals and the appearance of guided behaviors from the Ediacaran-Cambrian of Brittany, NW France’. The meeting was organized by J. J. Álvaro and S. Jensen and have allowed the visit to the beautiful Villuercas-Ibores-Jara UNESCO Global Geopark during pre- and post-conference field trips. Highlights of these trips were: the access to the type species of Cloudina carinata in Nañamero; the geology of the Lower Alcudian Group and its striking unconformities; and the body fossils (Beltanelliformis) and trace fossils (simple horizontal grazing trails, treptichnids) from the Pusa and Cíjara formations. Romain is extremely thankful to J.J. Álvaro, I. Cortijo, S. Jensen, T. Palacios, A. Pieren Pidal and C. Quesada for their kindness and many fruitful conversations on the geology and paleontology of the region.

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By Romain Gougeon

13th International Symposium on the Ordovician System

LogoThis July, Luis Buatois travelled to Novosibirsk, Russia to give a keynote at the 13th International Symposium on the Ordovician System. Luis’ talk was entitled “Quantifying the role of bioturbation and bioerosion in ecospace utilization and ecosystem engineering during the Cambrian Explosion and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event”. This meeting was organized by Olga Obut, Nokolay Sennikov and Tat’yana Kipriyanova from the Trofimuk Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in Novosibirsk. Activities during the conference included visits to the Paleontological and Mineralogical Museums and to the recently created University Museum which hosts a nice exhibition on the history of life. Luis also participated in a pre-conference fieldtrip to visit Cambrian-Ordovician outcrops in the St Petersburg area led by Andrey Dronov. The fieldtrip was a great opportunity to look at spectacular examples of the so-called Ordovician Bioerosion Revolution.

 

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By Luis Buatois

XV International Ichnofabric Workshop

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We’re going to Prague!

A few members of our ichnofamily will be arriving in Prague on April 26th for the 15th International Ichnofabric Workshop. There, they will meet with other ichnologists to discuss recent ichnofabric research and to visit Czech fossil localities.

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Conference attendees in Prague (photo taken by Radek Mikulas)

Presentations

Ichnofabrics from eolian systems: An example from the Cretaceous Mulichinco Formation, subsurface of western Argentina.

Buatois, L.A. & Echevarría, C.

Paleoproterozoic ichnofabrics from 2.1 Ga (Francevillian Basin, Gabon)?

Mángano, M.G., El Albani, A., Buatois, L.A., Bengtson, S., Riboulleau, A., Bekker, A., Konhauser, K., Lyons, T., Rollion- Bard, C., Bankole, O., Meunier, A., Trentesaux, A., Mazurier, A., Aubineau, J., Laforest, C., Baghekema, S.G.L., Fontaine, C., Recourt, P., Fru, E. C., Macchiarelli, R., Reynaud, J.Y., Gauthier-Lafaye, F. & Canfield, D.E

The role of Psammichnites in the origin of an Early Cambrian shelf sediment mixed layer.

Gougeon, R.C., Mángano, M.G., Buatois, L.A., Narbonne, G.M. & Laing, B.A

Ichnofabrics from the Cambrian-Ordovician Deadwood and Earlie formations: exploring evolutionary and environmental controls.

Ichaso, A., Mángano, M.G., & Buatois, L.A.

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Cretaceous Asterosoma from the type locality in Czechia.

By Brittany Laing

ISC 2018

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In a few days, several members of our ichnofamily will be heading to the beautiful city of Québec, Canada. In between enjoying the culture and food of Quebec, and the company of our colleagues, we will be giving several presentations:

Monday, August 13th

4:00 pm in room 200B

  • Fernando Valencia will give an oral presentation on: Diagenesis of the Perla Limestone, Gulf of Venezuela Basin: Implications on the petrophysical properties.

5:10 pm to 7:00 pm in room 400AB

  • Romain Vaucher will give a poster presentation on: Cambrian-Ordovician tide- to wave-dominated shallow-marine clastic environments from Sierra de Cajas, northwest Argentina.

Thursday, August 16th

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in room 400AB

  • Maximiliano Paz will give a poster presentation on: Bottom currents in the Jurassic-Cretaceous Vaca Muerta Formation Black Shales (Argentina): An example of benthos response to oxygen delivery in oxygen-deficient environments.
  • Mayra Zuniga will give a poster presentation on: Importance of the quantity of information and sedimentological studies in the property population of a Cretaceous oil field in the eastern Ecuadorian Basin.
  • Meagan Gilbert will give a poster presentation on: Ichnology and Sequence Stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Bearpaw Formation Transition in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada: Transgression on a mixed wave-tide influenced muddy coastline. 

Friday, August 17th

8:30 am to 10:15 am in room 204AB

8:30 am in room 204AB

  • Dr. Luis Buatois will give an oral presentation on: Exploring new frontiers in ichnology applied to facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy.

8:50 am in room 204AB

  • Dr. Dasgupta will give an oral presentation on: The dual nature of shelf-margin deltas.

2:20 pm to 4:30 pm in room 204AB

4:20 pm in room 204AB

  • Meagan Gilbert will be giving a short oral presentation on her poster: Ichnology and Sequence Stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Bearpaw Formation Transition in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada: Transgression on a mixed wave-tide influenced muddy coastline. 

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in room 400AB

  • Maximiliano Paz will give a poster presentation on: Bottom currents in the Jurassic-Cretaceous Vaca Muerta Formation Black Shales (Argentina): An example of benthos response to oxygen delivery in oxygen-deficient environments.
  • Mayra Zuniga will give a poster presentation on: Importance of the quantity of information and sedimentological studies in the property population of a Cretaceous oil field in the eastern Ecuadorian Basin.
  • Meagan Gilbert will give a poster presentation on: Ichnology and Sequence Stratigraphy of the Upper Cretaceous Dinosaur Park Bearpaw Formation Transition in southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada: Transgression on a mixed wave-tide influenced muddy coastline. 

By Brittany Laing