So I have finally made it back from the 69th SVP and 57th SVPCA meeting in lovely Bristol. This has allowed me to catch up with many old friends and colleagues (both in science and outside) and meet those I have long ‘known’ online but never met like Tom Holtz and Larry Witmer as well as finally meeting people like Jack Horner and Dave Norman. Along the way I took in probably 50 talks, at least as many posters, spoke to dozens of researchers, sorted through masses of new ideas and projects and got old tasks back on track. I will of course be getting back to Anchiornis shortly and of course have more SVP-y things to come, but in the meantime have a few photos from the conference:#
Foremost among these is the chance coming together of a great many dinosaur bloggers in a pub and thus here you can see in all their glory (L-R) – Adam Yates, Jeff Martz, Julia Heathcoate, me, Darren Naish, Mike Taylor, Matt Wedel, Andy Farke and Bill Parker. Wow!
Andy and I have managed to recruit a bunch more people for the Palaeo Paper Challenge and he was smart enough to write down those drunkenly slurred promises so people can’t weasel out of them. Expect updates soon.
Darren and I as ever lost no time in heading to the nearest zoo once the meeting was over and a review will come but in the meantime, enjoy this spread of other palaeo people who made it too (L-R): Mark Witton, Richard Hing, Bob Nicholls, Darren, Mike Taylor, Roger Close and me again.
I’ve had a great but long and tiring time so stay tuned and expect a flurry of posts when I have time to organise, collate, collect and arrange everything – I’m technically on holiday this week and next. Yipe! So I will leave you to wallow in my smugness as I leave you with a photo of me meeting Sir David Attenborough.