World Congress of Malacology 2022

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Mollusc evolutionary history

Alexander Nützel (SNSB-BSPG, Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology, Munich, Germany)
Katie Collins (The Natural History Museum, London, UK)
Mariel Ferrari (Instituto Patagónico de Geología y Paleontología, Puerto Madryn, Argentina)

Keynote Speakers:
Vanessa Roden (Nawareum, Straubing, Germany)
Title: The rise of complex marine ecosystems and the role of mollusks in the Triassic

Katie Collins (The Natural History Museum, London, UK)

Hercoglossa_350Abstract: Molluscs are amongst the most diverse animal phyla and are well-represented in the fossil record. The phylogeny of molluscs has been disputed for a long time, based on morphological, palaeontological and molecular analyses.

There are several entirely extinct groups of molluscs, such as Bellerophontida, Ammonoidea, Hippuritida, or large parts of Nautilida and Trigoniida, to name only a few, which need to be positioned in the mollusc tree of life. The identification of the earliest representatives of clades is a challenging paleontological task. Palaeontologists continuously discover new faunas and taxa during fieldwork or by screening legacy natural history collections.






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This symposium welcomes contributions from both palaeontologists and neontologists on the following fields:

  1. Fossil molluscs in phylogenies: positioning extinct clades, dating of nodes, evidence for character evolution.
  2. Discovery of new fossil taxa (taxonomists welcome!).
  3. Diversity of molluscs including the impact of mass extinction events.