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Group photo of the meeting attendees at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, China
Group Photo Identifications In front of the Hezheng Paleozoology Museum, Gansu Province, China On a field trip to Linxia Basin Formal meeting in Hezheng, Gansu Province, China
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Neogene Terrestrial Mammalian Biostratigraphy and Chronology in Asia
"A Symposium and Workshop toward the Establishment of a Continent-Wide Stratigraphic and Chronologic Framework"


Meeting attendance awardees: Jack Tseng, Yuri Kimura, Faysal Bibi and Majid Mirzaie (not pictured)

SVP provided meeting attendance awards for this symposium and workshop through the SVP Field and Topical Conference Fund. The awardees were:

Jack Tseng, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Yuri Kimura, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, USA
Faysal Bibi, Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA

Unable to attend-
Majid Mirzaie Ataabadi, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland

Wrap Up Report About the Conference

This conference was held in Beijing on June 8-10 at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), sponsored by the Institute, and with co-sponsorship from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Chinese Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

In addition to support by the SVP, which aided student travel to China, the conference received extremely valuable support from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Science Foundation of the United States, The Chinese Academy of Sciences and the IVPP. As a result both the conference and the following field trip were extremely, and transparently, successful.

The Conference and Workshop was attended by an international array of sixty-seven scholars, with representation from Austria, China, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, India, Iran, Japan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and the USA.

A major success of the proceedings was to present information on Neogene mammalian faunas from a diversity of Asian locations, and the audience was treated to a highly interesting and stimulating collation of reports. At the end of each day's presentations, the participants segued into a workshop discussion of the topics that had been presented, but with a major focus on the role to be played by the Chinese faunal succession in forming a cornerstone of Asian mammalian chronology. The background of China's long and fundamental role in developing a chronologic system was clearly recognized in this regard, and the array of approaches to developing chronological systems portrayed at this conference provided the Chinese organizers with considerable examples to draw upon in furthering their goals.

A major highlight of the Conference was the field trip to the Hezheng district in the vicinity of Lanzhou and the Tibetan Plateau about 600 miles southwest of Beijing. The Hezheng Museum displays a fine array of Miocene mammals collected from the district, and our field trip took us to several of the main sites in the loessic deposits of the area. In the first evening we were hosted to a fine banquet and post-dinner show of finely turned-out singers and dancers.Very professional, indeed.

All in all, the combined conference and field trip, marked by extremely well organized hospitality, was an entirely memorable and worthwhile experience. Our grateful thanks go out to Xiaoming Wang and the host of Chinese colleagues who made this conference a success.

Mike Woodburne
SVP Field and Topical Conference Chair