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15th Annual Meeting of the Association of European Vertebrate Palaeontologists


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A big thank you to all 209 delegates and helpers from 24 countries! We have had a great meeting and a historic event to Munich, which never before saw so many vertebrate palaeontologists at a time, although respective Munich institutions have a more than 250 years lasting history of research in vertebrate palaeontology.


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Abstract Volume

The European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists was founded in 2003. Its annual meetings provide an international forum for information on novel and ongoing research as well as existing work groups across all subfields of Vertebrate Palaeontology (systematics, morphology, evolutionary development, biostratigraphy, inter- and transdisciplinary research, methodology, fossil conservation). A major focus is international collaboration with great attention on encouragement and assistance for students to become part in projects and a source of future vertebrate palaeontologists.

On behalf of the host committee you are cordially invited to attend the 15th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP), which will take place from 1st – 3rd August 2017 at the Palaeontological Museum Munich, Germany.

The meeting will be hosted by the GeoBio-CenterLMU.


The meeting programme including detailed scheduling of talks and posters can be publicly viewed at a Glance


Invited Speakers

  • Bhart-Anjan Bhullar, Yale University, New Haven (CT), USA
  • Daniel DeMiguel, Institut Català de Paleontologia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Anjali Goswami, University College London, London, UK
  • Alexandra Houssaye, Musée Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle / CNRS, Paris, France
  • Walter Joyce, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Serdar Mayda, Ege University, Izmir, Turkey
  • Maria McNamara, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland


Recent advances on the palaeoecology, evolution and extinction of the cave bear

Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 1:30pm to 5pm

Convenors: Anneke H. van Heteren, Munich, Germany & Borja Figueirido, Málaga, Spain
Forty years after the publication of ‘The cave bear story’ by the vertebrate palaeontologist Björn Kurtén, several aspects concerning the palaeobiology of this Quaternary icon are poorly understood. These aspects are mainly related to its ecological habits such as dietary behaviour, competition with humans, and hybridisation with coeval brown bears.
For the symposium, our aims are (i) to bring together all authorities on cave bear biology in order to create an update encompassing the most recent advances in the field, which has been lacking since the publication of Kurtén’s book in 1976; (ii) to join efforts among specialists in order to reach a consensus on specific aspects concerning cave bear biology that are still controversial, such as feeding behaviour or extinction, and to define future avenues of promising research; (iii) to discuss this exciting Quaternary subject face-to-face; and (iv) to have an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Dr. Björn Kurtén to the field of Quaternary Palaeontology.

Ecomorphology and functional anatomy in vertebrate palaeontology

Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 8:45am to 5pm

Convenors: Josep Fortuny, Paris, France & Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain;
Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Hamburg, Deutschland & Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain
This symposium intends to be the meeting point for all functional anatomists and evolutionary ecologists interested in vertebrate palaeontology. It aims to offer an occasion for positive research interactions and to discuss the state of the art of ecomorphology, functional anatomy and its perspectives (computational biomechanics, geometric morphometrics, functional approaches, paleobiology, paleoecology). All these topics provide new insights into the tissues that make up the musculo-skeletal system in vertebrates, their functional properties and their function. Moreover, constant methodological improvements and novelties are particularly important in ecomorphology and functional anatomy, implying the use of new and challenging methodologies in vertebrate palaeontology.

European Fossil Fish Symposium

Thursday, 3rdt August 2017, 9:30am to 5pm

Convenors: Adriana López-Arbarello, Munich, Germany & Bettina Reichenbacher, Munich, Germany
The European Fossil Fish Symposium is aimed to get together and enhance networking between palaeoichthyologists working in Europe or dealing with European fossil fishes. It welcomes any oral or poster contribution dealing with the evolution of European living and fossil chondrichthyan and osteichthyan fishes (systematics, diversity, biogeography, palaeoecology, taphonomy, etc.). Accordingly, besides any work on European fossil fishes, research on living taxa would be suitable if related to the evolution of European fossil taxa. Similarly, research on fossil taxa outside Europe would be suitable if related to the evolution of living or fossil European taxa. As an exception, presentations from students working in Europe will be accepted even if they are not directly related to European taxa.

 Dates & Deadlines

  • Deadline for symposia proposals: 28 February 2017
  • Start of registration & call for abstracts: 1 March 2017
  • Symposia decisions announced & second circular available: 31 March 2017
  • Deadline for abstract submission: 30 April 2017
  • Abstract decisions announced: 1 June 2017
  • Deadline early bird registration: 15 June 2017
  • Deadline regular registration: 15 July 2017
  • Third circular available: 15 July 2017

Information for Presenters

Invited talks are scheduled for 30 min with 10 min subsequent discussion each. Oral presentations are scheduled for 15 min (incl. discussion) each. Please be aware that the time restrictions are strict. The schedule will be strictly followed as it is an extremely tight programme.

The technical support for oral presentations comprises:

  • MacBook - Mac OS 10.12
  • Powerpoint (MS Office 2016)
  • Keynote 7.1
  • Impress (Libre Office 5.2)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Mac OS “Preview”

Please bring your presentation, preferably to on-site registration on Monday, 31 July 2017, evening or at the latest the day before your session, so that potential technical issues can be sorted out before sessions commence. Bring your presentations exclusively on a flash drive and save a .pdf version as well.

Posters will be presented on boards allowing for portrait orientation only and size DIN A0. Mounting materials will be provided on-site. There will be three different poster sessions on a daily rotational basis. Please take care to mount your poster in advance of the respective poster session (the poster room is accessible from 7.30am daily during EAVP 2017) and remove it directly after the session ends. Poster presenters are expected to stand with their posters during their respective poster session.

Pre-Meeting Events

Photogrammetry basics for palaeontologists: A workshop on how to take pictures and create a 3D model

Monday, 31st July 2017, 9am to 5pm (including lunch break)

Instructors: Matteo Belvedere, Porrentruy, Switzerland & Heinrich Mallison, Pöttmes, Germany
Photogrammetry as a method to create 3D visualizations has become an integral part of palaeontological research. In this workshop we will teach the basics of data capture, data handling (model creation) in the two most commonly used programs (Reality Capture and Photoscan Pro), and of basic file editing (cleanup, print-readying) in various freely available programs.
Participants should bring their own laptop computers, cameras (DSLR, compact, cellphone), (LED ring-)lights, and tripods. Scale bars will be provided. The workshop is limited to a maximum of 20 participants.

This event is fully booked!

Introduction to Finite Element Analysis (workshop sponsored by Transmitting Science)

Monday, 31st July 2017, 9am to 1pm (including break)

Instructor: Jordi Marcé-Nogué, Hamburg, Germany
The workshop will introduce vertebrate paleontologists to Finite Element Analysis (FEA), which is a great tool to approach problems in biomechanics of living and extinct organisms using digital models. Key questions in FEA models such as mesh size, boundary conditions, applied forces, scaling, numerical singularities, and, especially, how these models can be used and interpreted in a biological context will be thoroughly addressed using problem-based learning methods by discussing current published papers. The articles referred to in the workshop will be sent in advance to the participants. Voluntary reading prior to the workshop is recommended. Participants do not need to bring a computer. The duration is 4 hours including break.

Neutron Imaging - Information beyond X-rays

Introduction to the ANTARES (Advanced Neutron Tomography And Radiography Experimental System) – facility at Heinz Maier-Leibnitz center of TU München

Monday, 31st July 2017, 2pm to 4pm

Referee: Burkhard Schillinger, Garching, Germany
Thermal and fast neutrons can penetrate most metals while delivering high contrast for many light elements, which is often the opposite behavior of X-rays. Hydrogen, i.e. organic materials, can be detected even in lead enclosures. Neighboring elements, even isotopes of the same element, may deliver a very different contrast. X-ray methods are always the first choice for ease of application and availability, but neutron methods are great tools where X-rays fail, not only in cultural heritage.
Neutron Imaging has been used with great success for fossils embedded in red beds, i.e. iron containing materials that are impenetrable for X-rays. Fossilized teeth can be classified according to the interface between enamel and dentine, but only some specimens can be examined with X-rays or synchrotron radiation, while others deliver no contrast at all, because some – as yet undetermined – mineral exchange happened in the sediment embedding the fossil. Neutron imaging still delivers large contrast. Fossilized bones in chalk rock or conglomerates like breccia deliver very little contrast to the surrounding material for X-rays, while they can be easily distinguished using neutrons.
This information event will show several examples of neutron imaging in palaeontology as well as describe the ANTARES and NECTAR facilities for neutron imaging at the FRM II reactor of Technische Universität München and the free and easy access by short scientific proposals. Enquiries from the audience on suitability of neutron imaging for particular specimens / preservation are especially encouraged and will be discussed.

Women in palaeontology and ways to address gender disparity in career progression in STEM
Roundtable Discussion

Monday, 31st July 2017, 4pm, to 6pm

Convenor: Femke Holwerda, Munich, Germany; Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, Cerdanyola del Valles, Spain & Edina Prondvai, Ghent, Belgium
The event will start with a short introduction on gender disparity in STEM, backed by data from scientific studies. After this, experiences and challenges as women in science will be addressed, and propositions and objectives for the future will be discussed. The women’s spokesperson of the Faculty of Geosciences of LMU München, Dr. Roswitha Stolz, will moderate the roundtable discussion.
Women AND men are welcome! The icebreaker starts right after, so discussing can be continued over drinks.

Field Trip

A two-day field trip has been organised by Gertrud Rössner, Oliver Rauhut and Ann-Marie Schilling. It is scheduled for 4th to 5th August 2017. On Friday we'll travel through the Molasse Basin and see the Naturmuseum in Augsburg, the Steinheim meteor crater with the Miocene Steinheim fossil site and accompanying museum, and Miocene fissure fills in Petersbuch near Eichstätt. We'll spend a night in Eichstätt and visit the Solnhofen Museum and several Upper Jurassic quarries in the Eichstätt and Kehlheim area on Saturday. We'll see exquisite fossils and outstanding fossil sites. We'll have lunch and dinner in traditional southern German places. Start will be at 8am on the 4th close to the Palaeontological Museum in Munich and we expect to return between 6:30pm and 7:30pm on Saturday. Please note that we cannot guarantee a return in time for any connecting travel arrangements that evening.

Manuela Aiglstorfer (Stuttgart), Elmar Heizmann (Stuttgart), Michael Rummel (Augsburg), Martin Röper (Solnhofen), Roland Pöschl (Mühlheim bei Mörnsheim) and Raimund Albersdörfer (Dinosaurierparkes Altmühltal) will guide us through sites and museums.

This event is fully booked!

Social Events

On Monday, 31st July 2017, we are expecting you at 6pm for the Ice Breaker Reception in the Palaeontological Museum and the adjacent yard. Finger food, including a considerable selection of vegetarian choices, tap water, schorle, beer, and wine of local production will all be provided.

On Wednesday evening, 2nd August 2017, the General Assembly (or AGM) of the EAVP takes place at 7pm in lecture hall C106 in a building directly accessible via the Palaeontological Museum. It is followed by the Auction in a very special location of the Palaeontological Museum at 8pm. During the auction tap water, schorle, beer and wine will be provided.

The Auction is a key event in order to raise funds to assist attendance by those without institutional financial support at future EAVP meetings. We rely on the proceeds from this event more heavily than ever, so please remember to bring items to donate to the auction, and your Euros to support our grant recipients!

On Thursday, 3rd August 2017, the Conference Dinner and subsequent Farewell Party are scheduled in the restaurant of the Botanical Garden Munich ( at 8pm. Conference dinner registration comprises an aperitif, all beverages (mineral water, soft drinks, wine, beer) for the evening, a three-course-meal including buffets of mediterranean starters (mainly vegetarian) and desserts as well as a choice of three main courses (please make your choice at the latest upon registration at the meeting office, you will be asked for your decision then).

The restaurant is prepared for the arrival of dinner guests from 7pm onwards, and a tour of the gardens will be available (see ‘Guided Tours’ below). The local bar will be open, but please consider that cocktails and spirits are NOT included in the EAVP Conference Dinner.

DJ Márton Rabi (Tübingen) will please us with a mix of 50s-60s soul, r&b, exotica, ska with a bit of 70s funk until 1am, 4th August.

IMPORTANT: Please bring your name badges, as the guest list will be checked at the entrance of the Botanical Garden.

Guided Tours

There will be a selection of free guided tours through different collections and exhibitions of the Bavarian State Natural History Collections. Please let us know upon registration at the meeting office, if you want to register for:

  • Palaeontological Museum of Munich, special exhibition “Palaeontology and Geology through the Ages”, Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 7pm, guide Deputy Director Dr. Mike Reich. The exhibition is dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology and deals with a variety of aspects related to the history of the institution including collection key areas.
  • Zoological State Collection, Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 7pm. The tour through the collections will have a focus on vertebrates and consists of four parts, given by the curators of Ichthyology (Dr. Ulrich Schliewen), Herpetology (Dr. Frank Glaw), Ornithology (Markus Unsöld) and Mammalogy (Dr. Anneke van Heteren), respectively. It will also include historic (type) specimens, such as those collected by Johann Baptist Ritter von Spix in the early 19th century.
  • Botanical Garden, green houses and garden, 3rd August 2017, 7pm, Dr. Andreas Gröger.
    Specific interests can be adressed on request.

Conference Office

Palaeontological Museum, Richard-Wagner-Strasse 10, 80333 München, first floor, room D116.

Opening hours:

Monday, 31st July 2017, 4pm to 8pm;
Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 7:30am to 5pm;
Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 7:30am to 5pm;
Thursday, 3rd August 2017, 7:30am to 5pm.

Wi-Fi/WLAN Internet Access

Access open in lecture halls C106, D016, D018, D114, and conference office:
Monday, 31st July 2017, 8am to 8pm;
Tuesday, 1st August 2017, 8am to 8pm;
Wednesday, 2nd August 2017, 8am to 8pm;
Thursday, 3rd August 2017, 8am to 8pm.

Where to Eat

In order to help you organise your lunch breaks, please have a look at this list of near-by places:

  • Ginger (Asia Restaurant & Bar), Augustenstraße 56, ~3 min (on foot), via Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Ella, Luisenstrasse 33, ~2 min (on foot) via Richard-Wagner-Str.
  • Löwenbräukeller (Traditional Bavarian brewery), Nymphenburger Str. 2, ~7 min (on foot) via Briennerstraße
  • Park Café, Sophienstraße 7, ~10 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • The Victorian House - Cafe Klenze, Barer Str. 27, ~8 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Geisel’s Vinothek, Schützenstraße 11, ~15 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße, ~10 min (by subway: U2 line, from Königsplatz Station to Hauptbahnhof Station, Central Station)
  • Café Jasmin (Breakfast und Caffé), Steinheilstraße 20, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Steinheilstraße
  • Rustico (Italian Restaurant), Marsstraße 16, ~15 min (on foot) via Brienner Straße and Seidlstraße
  • Sophia’s Restaurant & Bar (Italian Restaurant), Sophienstraße 28, ~8 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • Hans im Glück – Burgergrill, Luisenstraße 14, ~ 6 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • Benko Cafe, Luisenstraße 41, ~2 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • Maharani (Indian food), Rottmannstraße 24, ~8 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße and Rottmannstraße
  • Kaito (Sushi), Gabelsbergerstraße 85, ~6 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Steinheil 16, Steinheilstraße 16, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Steinheilstraße
  • Restaurant Cardamon, Gabelsbergerstraße 50, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Drunken Cow Bar & Grill, Gabelsbergerstraße 58, ~6 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Campanula (Asian food), Gabelsbergerstraße 46, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Bowls Blenders, Augustenstraße 31, ~4 min (on foot) via Richard-Wagner-Str., Brienner Str. and Augusten Str.
  • Ristorante Goldoni (Pizza), Augustenstraße 31, ~4 min (on foot) via Richard-Wagner-Str., Brienner Str. and Augusten Str.
  • Nasca Restaurant, Enhuberstraße 1, ~6 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Enhuberstraße
  • Caféhaus Griesbeck, Theresienstraße 49, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • Café Lotti, Schleißheimer Str. 13, ~8 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Bambushain, Schleißheimer Str. 14, ~8 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße
  • Cafe Joon, Theresienstraße 114, ~6 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Theresienstraße
  • Tafel & Schwafel, Augustenstraße 80, ~6 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße and Augustenstraße
  • Little Tokyo, Steinheilstraße 21, ~5 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Steinheilstraße
  • Agusto77, Augustenstraße 77, ~6 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße and Augustenstraße
  • Kartoffelkönig (Vegan), Theresienstraße 122, ~7 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße and Theresienstraße
  • Aposto München, Luisenstraße 27, ~4 min (on foot) via Luisenstraße
  • Lucaffe, Theresienstraße 59, ~8 min (on foot) via Gabelsbergerstraße and Augustenstraße

Please take into consideration that not all places are suitable for larger groups, however Hans im Glück, Löwenbräu, Park Café and Café Ella will all take larger groups in.
See our interactive google map with restaurants and hotels in the area around the Palaeontological Museum and around the Zoological Collections.

Ecological Conference Management

EAVP 2017 is dedicated to the promotion of ecological conference management. A major objective is to avoid products exclusively produced for EAVP 2017. Hence, we are asking for understanding that we will abstain from merchandising articles with the meeting logo, including conference bags. Moreover, we anticipate opting out of distribution of USB-sticks, providing an abstract book printed on recycled paper, for catering and the conference dinner regional food and beverages will be preferred , as well as a focus on quality vegetarian food, for providing tap water instead of bottled water, and for avoiding plastic cutlery and tableware. We encourage you to bring your own sustainable water bottles and leave the plastic holders for the meeting badges with us for re-use before you leave Munich.

As the meeting venue is closely located to the Munich main station (10 minutes walk) and well connected to public transport, we encourage attendees to consider train journeys instead of airplane or car/coach journeys as far as possible. For those arriving at Munich Airport, public transportation to the Munich Hauptbahnhof (main station) runs every 10 minutes for most of the day. For those who ordered a MVV ticket, please remember to bring them with you!


Palaeontological Museum Munich
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München
More information about the location, accommodation and travel


More constantly updated information on EAVP 2017 is being provided via the brand-new EAVP web site ( and social media (


Gertrud Rössner
SNSB – Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
Richard-Wagner-Str. 10
80333 München
Tel.: +49 (0)89 2180 6609 | Fax: +49 (0)89 2180 6601

Local Organising Committee

  • Gertrud Rössner (BSPG)
  • Ella Schönhofer (BSPG)
  • Femke Holwerda (BSPG)
  • Jeff Liston (BSPG)
  • Nicola Heckeberg (LMU)
  • Anneke van Heteren (ZSM)
  • Zeinab Gholami (LMU)
  • Oliver Rauhut (BSPG)
  • Diego Castanera (BSPG)
  • Martine Focke (BSPG)
  • Lydia Geißler (LMU)

Student Committee

  • Mario Bronzati (Munich)
  • Maria Camila Calderon Capote (Munich)
  • YiYin Chang (Munich)
  • Jonathan Guzmán (Munich)
  • Nicola Heckeberg (Munich)
  • Charalampos Kevrekidis (Munich)
  • Melanie Lex (Munich)
  • Feiko Miedema (Utrecht)
  • Volkan Özen (Munich)
  • Lilly-Sophie Rettenbacher (Munich)
  • Valeria Rojas (Munich)
  • Ann-Marie Schilling (Munich)
  • Mart Smeets (Utrecht)
  • Sara Sneltorp (Munich)
  • Tom Trapman (Utrecht)
  • Lukardis Wencker (Munich)

Scientific Committee

  • Gertrud Rössner (Munich)
  • Oliver Rauhut (Munich)
  • Matteo Belvedere (Porrentruy)
  • Diego Castanera (Munich)
  • Dino Frey (Karlsruhe)
  • Anneke van Heteren (Munich)
  • Jeff Liston (Munich)
  • James Neenan (Oxford)
  • Edina Prondvai (Ghent)
  • Bettina Reichenbacher (Munich)
  • Koen Stein (Brussels)

Sponsors and Partners


logo tagung_50 About the logo

The conference logo is a composite of the Munich cathedral, Archaeopteryx and the gomphothere skeleton at the Palaeontological Museum Munich. The cathedral is one of the landmarks of Munich in the very centre of the city. From 1468 to 1488 the gothic clinker building was completed in a relatively short time span, except for the helmet roofs, which lack a gothic design. Those were installed in 1525 and copied from the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Our logo displays in the background the outline of the towers from a side view, making them look unequally high.

In the front, Gomphotherium and Archaeopteryx, two Munich related vertebrate fossils, greet themselves. Munich palaeontological institutions, university Chair of Palaeontology and the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology (BSPG) always were involved in disputes around Archaeopteryx findings. This is due to the fact that the Jurassic sites they come from are Bavarian (ca. 100 km north of Munich). However, besides one of the two limestone plates preserving the original Archaeopteryx feather from 1860, it took until 1999 before the BSPG was able to secure an Archaeopteryx skeleton, the 7th specimen, in its own collections.

In 1971/1972, the 5 m long and 3 m high Gomphotherium skeleton was unearthed by staff members of both Munich palaeontological institutions from Miocene sediments 70 km east of Munich. After preservation of the bones, cast preparation and mounting, the skeleton was put on display in 1978. Since then, it has become the centrepiece and landmark of the Palaeontological Museum Munich. In the 1990's, scientific investigation followed and so far it still is the only scientifically described Gomphotherium skeleton.

The logo was designed by Gertrud Rössner & Lydia Geissler and graphically elaborated by Lydia Geissler.

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