Paleonet: Endangered species: Nautilus and other of interest to paleontologists (GSA meeting)

Roger Thomas roger.thomas at
Thu Oct 28 04:20:58 GMT 2010

Dear Colleagues:

     Are you going to the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver?  Are you interested in endangered species, particularly the paleontologist's favorite living cephalopod?  If so, please see the announcement below that has been brought to my attention.

     For the first time ever, two officials from US Fish and Wildlife, both experienced in work with CITES and listing endangered species, are being sent to GSA to attend the Friends of the Cephalopods meeting.  Their purpose is to discuss the possibility of listing Nautilus as an endangered species at the next CITES meeting.  Peg Yacobucci will be chairing the meeting.  This is a chance for paleontologists of all stripes to see and understand how endangered species become listed.  Without doubt Nautilus and Allonautilus (accepted at the last major international cephalopod meeting) both really need the help.   Other groups of special interest to paleontologists might need help down the road (brachiopods, the tuatara, for example), so this first engagement with US officials at a GSA meeting could serve as a template.

     Kind regards,    Roger
Roger D. K. Thomas
John Williamson Nevin Professor of Geosciences 
Secretary-General, International Palaeontological Association
Department of Earth and Environment
Franklin & Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Pennsylvania 17604-3003
Office telephone:  	717-291-4135
Office fax:    			717-291-4186
Home telephone:   	717-560-0486

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