South-Central GSA Paleontology-Themed Session and Field Trip

December 21, 2012
We call your attention to a paleontology-themed session and field trip at the GSA-South Central Section that will be held in Austin April 4-5, 2013. The Paleontology of Texas: A Session in Honor of Wann Langston, Jr. Michelle R Stocker, William Parker, Ernest L. Lundelius (University of Texas at Austin, Jackson School of Geosciences), Chris Brochu (University of Iowa). DESCRIPTION: For over 60 years, Dr. Wann Langston, Jr., has influenced the field of Texas paleontology. Dr. Langston's work encompasses much of the diversity of vertebrates, spans fossils from the Permian to the Tertiary, and contributed heavily to the understanding of the Cretaceous of West Texas. We invite volunteers for presentations honoring Dr. Langston's scientific work for the South-Central GSA meeting in Austin, Texas, April 4-5, 2013.We encourage contributions that mirror his diverse range of research interests, including advances in our understanding of dinosaurs, flying reptiles, crocodilians and other fossil vertebrates, the paleontology of the Big Bend area of Texas and other regions in Texas and the south-central US, as well as field techniques in vertebrate paleontology and the reconstruction of the fossilized skeletons. and Field trip to Friesenhahn Cave: Late Pleistocene Paleoecology and the Predator-Prey Relationships of Mammoths with the Extinct Scimitar Cat. Sat., 6 April Cost: US$75, includes transportation, lunch and beverages, fieldtrip guidebook and supplemental materials. Russell W. Graham (EMS Museum, The Pennsylvania State University); Ernest L. Lundelius, Jr. (Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory, J.J. Pickle Research Center, University of Texas at Austin); Laurence Meissner (Dept. of Biology, Concordia University). DESCRIPTION: The trip will visit Friesenhahn Cave, a well-known late Pleistocene fossil vertebrate locality since the turn of the 20th century. Participants will be able to go into the cave and see its physical environment. Climbing down a thirty foot ladder is required to enter the cave. Inside the cave, field trip leaders will discuss the history and locations of previous excavations of the cave, its stratigraphy (although all excavation areas have been backfilled) and age of the deposits, and its paleoecological significance. The age structure of the Scimitar cat sample and the predator-prey relationship between juvenile mammoths and the extinct scimitar cat will also be discussed in detail.