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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">We are pleased to announce a special topical session scheduled for the 2016 annual Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, CO USA (25-28 September). This session will be titled,
<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">T151: “<u>New Approaches to Phylogenetic Paleobiology</u>”</b>.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">This session will be chaired by
<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">David W. Bapst</b> (South Dakota School of Mines and Technology),
<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal">Melanie J. Hopkins</b> (American Museum of Natural History),
<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">April M. Wright</b> (Iowa State University), and me (<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">David F. Wright</b>, The Ohio State University).
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">This session will highlight novel statistical approaches to inferring phylogenies of fossil taxa, dating divergences between clades, and/or utilizing branching relationships among fossil
 lineages to test evolutionary hypotheses. A more detailed description of the technical session is provided below.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">This session is sponsored by the Paleontological Society and the Paleontological Research Institution.</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><u><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Note that the deadline for submitting a proposal is
<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:
normal">12 July 2016</b></span></u><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Submit an abstract to our topical session (<b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal">T151</b>):
</span><a id="LPlnk672311" href="https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/cfp.epl"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">https://gsa.confex.com/gsa/2016AM/cfp.epl</span></a><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Session details</span></b><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">:</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">While paleontology has always been strongly linked to phylogenetics, the past decade has seen a major acceleration in the development and deployment of new methodologies for inferring
 phylogenies containing fossil taxa, using fossil information for dating divergences, and using phylogenies of fossil taxa to address major questions of ecology and evolution in deep time. Notably, these cutting-edge methodological advances have come from both
 the paleobiology and evolutionary biology communities. This session will provide an opportunity to bridge the gap between disciplines whose members often have little reason to attend the same meeting (i.e. GSA versus Evolution) and promote the unification
 of fossil and phylogenetic approaches to macroevolution. </span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Travel support</span></b><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">:</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Travel support for students and international researchers attending the GSA meeting can be found at
</span><a href="http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/social-business/otf"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/social-business/otf</span></a><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""> and
</span><a href="http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/attendeeinfo/travel"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">http://community.geosociety.org/gsa2016/attendeeinfo/travel</span></a><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif""> .
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Other topical sessions:</span></b></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Please note there are several other topical sessions that dovetail with our interests in phylogenetic paleobiology: T152:
<u>Troubles and Triumphs with Fossil Phylogenies</u>, chaired by Jennifer E. Bauer (University of Tennessee), Adriane R. Lam (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Sarah L. Sheffield (University of Tennessee); T136:
<u>Across Space and through Time: Understanding Evolution and Ecology using Biogeography</u>, chaired by Alexander M. Dunhill (University of Leeds) and Erin E. Saupe (Yale University); and T140:
<u>Evolution, Development, and Paleogenomic</u>s, chaired by David J. Bottjer (University of Southern California), and Jeffrey R. Thompson (University of Southern California).</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight:normal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Contact</span></b><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">:</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">If you have any questions regarding our session, feel free to contact me directly at
</span><a href="mailto:wright.1433@osu.edu"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">wright.1433@osu.edu</span></a><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:"Times New Roman","serif"">Cheers,</span></p>
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David F. Wright<br>
PhD Candidate (Evolutionary Paleontology)<br>
School of Earth Sciences<br>
The Ohio State University<br>
275 Mendenhall Laboratory<br>
125 South Oval Mall<br>
Columbus, OH 43210<br>
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wright.1433@osu.edu<br>
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"I salute the echinoderms as a noble group especially designed to puzzle the zoologist." --Libbie H. Hyman (1955: p. vi)<br>
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