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abrasa 8:27pm on Thursday, October 28th, 2010 
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Good phone, fast, better battery life, retina display Overpriced. You can get it much cheaper via ATT or even Apple direct for 699. Apps is what makes this phone so great.
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Young leader to head nickel division
ompanhia Vale do Rio Ooce's success in fulfilling its aspirations as a world nickel player will rest with nickel projects manager Vanessa Oe Macedo Torres, who will guide development of the company's first nickel mine. The Niquel do Vermelho project, in northern Brazil, received the go-ahead from CVRO's board in July and is expected to be operating in the third quarter of 2008 (see CVRO story this page). Oe Macedo Torres has a doctorate in minerals engineering, business post-graduate education and 14 years mining industry experience. She has completed international professional assignments and worked in project management, business development, technology, process design, plant optimisation, cost estimation and feasibility evaluation. Oe Macedo Torres was recognised internationally for her ability to deliver complex assignments with velocity, quality and creativity as the recipient of the 2003 Young Leader award from the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. She is currently co-chairperson of the young leaders committee. Oe Macedo Torres' mining career has been exclusively with CVRO, based in Brazil, including a five-year stint (1992-97) in technology development and research - mostly with gold and later copper. In 1998, she took 12 months leave to complete her PhO in Vancouver on the evaluation of gold projects and project development. After Canada she moved into the engineering side of the business and then made the transition into management. "CVRO's mining asset base is iron ore, but in 2000 we increased our diversification efforts, expanding our non-ferrous division," Oe Macedo Torres said. "We have 18 exploration offices worldwide and depending on opportunities these offices will expand. We have an exploration office in Brisbane, looking mostly for coal. "CVRO has a good track record working with other cultures - Brazilians are good with identifying with other cultures. "As a mining house, we are in third position (worldwide) and we are focused on growth and diversification."

Gladstone Pacific has proposed to develop the project in three stages, with the first involving producing ore from the Marlborough orebody, while stages two and three will grow with the treatment of high-grade imported ore at the Gladstone plant. "The vision is that it can be a long-life producer, it can be in
Gladstone for 50 years plus, producing a significant quantity level of metal- over 120,000 tpa." Becker said Gladstone
those second generation plants are being applied at Ravensthorpe (BHP Billiton Ltd) and Goro (Inco Ltd), and we are looking to leverage off that. We are assembling an excellent team now, with a strong level of experience. "In fact, we are very fortunate with the takeover of Western Mining by BHP (Billiton) that a number of the key people in Brisbane were requested to move to Perth. Understandably, some of them decided they needed to stay for family reasons in Brisbane and several of those have joined our team."
Pacific was spending $4 million on additional drilling at Marlborough, focusing on four of the 10 deposits. The company had also commissioned a large suite of metallurgical tests and there was a strong emphasis on beneficiation. Gladstone will be the world's biggest coal export terminal by 2010 and that infrastructure is crucial to Gladstone Pacific's project. "We will be bringing in large quantities of high-grade imported ore from the south-west Pacific in capsize vessels across that wharfing facility."



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Sherlock Bay back on track
fter a period of change which saw three different managing directors in 2005, Sherlock Bay Nickel Corporation LId appears to be back on track at both its Sherlock Bay nickel project and regional exploration plays. Just one day after the announcement of his appointment, new managing director Darren Hedley gave an upbeat assessment of the company's position, telling delegates an imminent debt equity conversion would allow Sherlock Bay to move forward on its projects. "So, subject to shareholder approval we should be a clean company with $6 million in the bank by the end of next month," he said. 'The releasing of those funds allows the company to reconsider its strategic direction." Part of the funds will be used to further regional exploration opportunities, but Hedley said the Sherlock Bay nickel project would remain the company's "No.1 priority". The Sherlock Bay project sits on the Sholl Shear zone, near Karratha, between Fox Resources LId's Sholl nickel project and Straits Resources LId's Salt Creek base metals discovery. "It is a well located property," Hedley said. "It has gas pipelines and powerlines running 8km away and is located close to a port (at Dampier)." The geology of the Sherlock Bay project was slightly different to most nickel plays. "It's not associated with ultramafics; it is shear hosted and is wide and consistent." Although the grades on the project were not high, the position of the orebody meant low grades could still prove economical. 'The grade gods haven't been kind to us, but they've given us some good opportunities with the way they've placed it. If they'd placed it at 30 degrees, flat and broken up it would be a little bit more difficult. But the way it is placed, it's wide, continuous and nice and vertical. 'Those things certainly work in your favour when you're trying to get things off the Hedley said the company had also ed its first JORC compliant resource using modem techniques. The current in situ resource at the ground." completestimate Sherlock Darren Hedley ed or better category. 'There's a lot of nickel in the ground and it's all within 500m of the surface. It's very simple, it's vertical and the ground conditions are very good," Hedley said. The company has targeted a 10-year mine life for the project producing about 2 mtpa. Starting with an open pit, the project will progress towards an underground operation. "We expect to get 2-3 years out of the pit and then move straight into the underground.

"We've explored a few concepts and have basically decided on a decline at the bottom of the pit. I've personally had experience of underground road trains and they can be are very productive and very cheap." Hedley said Sherlock Bay was associated with BioHeap for its metallurgical processes and was pleased with the progress of the bacterial heap-leaching technology having achieved better than expected results from its three, 1m column tests.
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mage Resources NL's aggressive regional I geochemistry programme and large aeromagnetic database had successfully identified a number of large projects suitable for follow up EM and drilling programmes, executive director George Sakalidis told delegates "The database generates a lot of projects," he said. "We have a knack for picking up tenements and acting on them very quickly." Image's strategy was to then attract JV partners with the skills and financial resources to effectively explore and add value to these projects. "We seek JV partners who are well established and don't mind spending money to get results," he said. Image's Emu Lake nickel project - 30km from the Silver Swan nickel mine in the Eastem Goldfields - is an example of this strategy. Image will retain a 30% interest in the project and JV partner Jubilee Mines NL will acquire a 60% interest in the project by completing a bankable feasibility study by December 2008. Jubilee is currently undertaking a 4 deephole drill programme at Emu Lake, testing the down-plunge extent of the system. "We have had nine high-grade intercepts from depths ranging between 200-300m at 37% nickel; we see similarities with the Silver Swan mine. "The disposition of our drill holes is very similar to Silver Swan, it gives us great encouragement of the depth extent of this system and Jubilee is looking at testing that over the next month." At its Forrestania-Ravensthorpe nickel prospect, Image holds tenure over 6550sq km and is advancing its geochemical programme. "We've embarked on a regional geochemical programme that has already produced some promising results," Sakalidis said. "The aim is to delineate the geochemical anomalies sufficiently to allow follow up EM and drilling." In line with Image's business strategy, Sakalidis said the company would look for a major JV partner or a new float to fund further exploration at the project. - Dominic Piper



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decided to enter a joint venture it had to contribute up to $5 million for exploration work which in turn would give it an equity interest. The company's major Northern Territory
project was centred near Barrow Creek, about 400km north of Alice Springs, where it is in JV with Falconbridge. It also has another NT project, Indiana, 200km north east of Alice Springs. McKinnon-Matthews said Mithril considered Indiana a "pretty exciting opportunity" with field work scheduled to start this month. In South Australia, Mithril's main exploration location, the company is in a JV with BHPB on the Talia Hill project, about 400km north-east of Port Augusta and 15km south of the Trans Line. The project takes in 150-200km of a major greenstone belt and Mithril expects to be in the area for the medium to long term. Drilling on the project had returned one intersection of 30m @ 0.4% nickel and another of 34m @ 0.45% nickel, encouraging the company to increase its exploration efforts in the next few weeks. McKinnon-Matthews said Mithril had a solid cash position of $5 million which allowed flexibility, with 36.5 million shares on issue mostly held by four shareholders. - Allan Francis


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New ambition for Western Areas
new chapter in the life of Perth-based junior Western Areas NL began in October when it lodged its prospectus for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). And speaking at the Australian Nickel Conference, managing director Julian Hanna said Western Areas planned to do more than just list in Canada. "We're looking to acquire projects there as we think Canada is really underexplored." Hanna said Western Areas was due to lodge the company's prospectus during October and the company's TSX code - WSA - would be the same as the ASX code. "We think it will increase our exposure and provide opportunities," he said, pointing out that there were not that many new openings for Western Areas in Australia. "And Australian shareholders are not that driven by offshore ventures by junior mining companies. " Hanna said the TSX was the world's largest resource exchange, of which nickel formed an important part. He said that because low grades were generally the order of the day in countries outside Australia, Western Areas projects, with their 5-6% nickel grades, had attracted a lot of Canadian interest.

intersections." After receiving assay results - producing an estimated target of aO,OOOt@ 1.5-2.5% nickel - Fox plans further drilling to better delineate the dimensions of the Dawn lode. Results have not yet been received for the other lodes. The Sholl orebody is still open to the south and at depth and Andreazza said Fox would conduct a deep-probe "squid" geophysical programme to test massive sulphides at depths greater than 250m. The gradient of the orebody would allow Fox to start mining without costly capital development in waste. "The average gradient is 1:10 which will allow us to develop along the orebody," he said. The company was two weeks into column tests to determine nickel recoveries on the Radio Hill disseminated ore as part of a feasibility study on its BioHeap disseminated nickel project. The BFS is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2006. - Dominic Piper

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New look Titan back on track
ining Titan Ltd M turned junior corner Resourcesdifficult has the after a 12 months and was now moving forward, managing director Jeff Gresham told delegates. Four months into the new fiscal year, Titan had 373.5 million shares on issue, a market cap of $20 million and three major shareholders on its register - Consolidated Minerals Ltd, stockbroking and mining identity David Reed and prospecting identity Mark Creasy. Gresham, who had almost two decades with WMC Resources Ltd, said the move forward was being made possible with a new board and new management. The entry of ConsMin through its whollyowned subsidiary Consolidated Nickel Pty Ltd, which has a 19.9% stake in Titan, had seen a $3.5 millioninjection of funds allowing ConsMin to acquire 50% of the Armstrong project. Titan'sother recent activities have included updating the resource estimates of eight deposits in the Widgiemooltha resource inventory that indicated 8.2mt @ 1.46% nickelfor of 123,0001 contained metal. Greshamsaid the past few months had also seen significantdrill resultsat Widgie Townsite, Munda and Widgie 3 where multiple targets have been identifiedfor evaluation next year.
Refening to the Widgiemooltha project, Gresham said Titan had a dominant land position of 223sq km where past nickel production amounted to 40,364t nickel from three mines. Titan presently has 10 advanced prospects, eight of which have defined resources, and has allocated a budget of $3 million for exploration. On the Armstrong project which is north and lies within the bigger Widgiemooltha project area, Gresham said a resource/reserve review reassessment had been completed with Titan now reviewing project economies and pursuing altemative treatment options for the mineralisation. Work on Armstrong had seen the completion of five resource confirmation drill holes where the best intersection returned 20.85m @ 4.79% nickel. Gresham said that Titan and ConsMin were now looking at developing Armstrong. Other locations where Titan has undertaken work includes the Widgie Townsite prospect where the JORC compliant inferred resource has been put at 2.2mt @1.48% nickel for 32,5001 nickel. Initial confirmatory drilling had returned 12.8m @ 2.94% nickel. On the Widgie Prospect latest drilling had retumed 7.3m @ 2.93% nickel with Titan now assessing the potential for deepening the open cut. On the Munda joint venture (where ConsMin is eaming a 50% interest by contributing Jeff Gresham $1 million in cash and spending a similar amount on exploration by January 2006), the nickel and gold resource has been put at 256,OOOt @1.94% nickel. This prospect, immediately west of the Widgie Townsite prospect, has been earmarked for a major exploration programme, Gresham said. Titan's other JV is with Yilgam Gold on the Carr Boyd project 80km north-east of Kalgoorlie. Yilgam is eaming a 51% stake in the JV and has to spend $3.5 million over four years with a minimum of $400,000 in 2005/6.

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Joint venture with LionOre Mining International Ltd who are exploring 1,400 sq kms earning 60% by spending $5 million over 5 years. Recent drilling at Keller Creek intercepted 6.8m @ 1.98% Ni, 0.54% Cu from 36.8m Significant drilling success at Copernicus including 14m @ 1,45% Ni, 1.16% Cu, and 17m @ 1.36% Ni, ).87% Cu. North
fter eight years of work, Allegiance Mining NL's Avebury project in Tasmania amounts to back to the future for the nickel newcomer. The company's project headquarters are at Zeehan near the site of Australia's first nickel mine at Melba Flats in the 1920s. Allegiance is just weeks away from releasing its definitive feasibility study for Avebury and is aiming to begin trial mining and bulk testing by year's end. Avebury operations general manager Paul Richardson told the conference the project involved a three-pronged strategy with the first stage - the $11 million decline and mine access development, resource definition drilling, and regulatory approvals - already completed. He said one of the key attractions of the project was its location - the fact that it was in the State's premier mining province which had over 140 years of mining history. There was ready infrastructure at its door step and, in contrast to mining operations on the Australian mainland, was able to utilise cheap hydro electric power that averaged trt per KW/hour. The project's other pluses included an ore body which was only 200m below the surface and was wide; a State Government that was extremely good to deal with, and new ore resources close to the main deposit. As part of the project's implementation stage, long lead items, such as the mill and
crusher, were being preordered with mill and infrastructure components scheduled for construction by the end of the year. As part of the mill and marketing sequence, trial mining and mill testing, workforce training and supplying customers with concentrate has also been slotted in towards the end of the year. In the test work sequence, testing had already been carried out Allegiance Mining Avebury project general manager Paul Richardson, left, and chairman Tony Howland-Rose. Avebury, where more drilling was planned, had returned 23m @
on crushing and grinding parameters, tailings thickener settled, tailings characterisation, and concentrate filtration with test work still being carried out on reagent optimisation and flash flotation. Richardson said Allegiance's other priority was near mine exploration at East Avebury and at Burbank, 3km south-west of the Avebury mine. In tandem, the company was also carrying out near mine exploration work where it has found extensive ultramafics where none was known. Drilling west of the main ore body along the 1km long mineralised zone had already returned intersections of 30m @ 1.7% nickel and 14m @ 2.5% nickel while at East

one early intersection 0.8% nickel.
Exploration work is also earmarked for the Melba and East Renison prospects north-east of Zeehan. At Melba, close to the bulk rail facilities that Allegiance will use to transport its ore to the port of Burnie on the north-west coast, exploration had revealed disseminated high-grade nickel sulphides, which had developed on the footwall of a gabbro dyke. At the East Renison prospect, nickel sulphides had been reported in old mines and to date there had been no exploration for this mineralisation.
Independence sets cracking pace
or a geologist by profession, Chris Bonwick's transition to managing director of Independence Group NL, has come naturally - he knows how to showcase his company. His introduction was to the point. Independence, Bonwick told delegates, was a new company, had good mines and exploration ground, was the cheapest (Australian) nickel producer for two years, and produced a lot of money. He said that within three years of listing on the ASX, Independence had been able to pay its shareholders a dividend. Independence had a strong cash reserve and cash generation potential; to June this year it had $28.3 million in cash plus receivables. The strength of the company also lay in its robust and expanding high-grade mining reserve position with the company still producing from "outside" its reserve base. It also had a highly prospective exploration portfolio with recent successes at its AngloGold Ashanti LId joint venture Tropicana, where Independence is earning a 30% interest, and at Dalwallinu where the target is gold. This year had also seen the company outlay
$11 million for an 18.9% interest in Matrix Metals copper project in north-west Queensland north and south of Mt Isa. But the money generator for Independence, delegates learned, was from the Long nickel mine at Kambalda, which it purchased from WMC Resources LId and recommissioned in 2002, and which to June 2005 returned $87.6 million of free cash before capital and tax. One of the reasons behind Independence's success had been its ability to produce nickel at a cash cost of $3.321lb. Another dividend from the Long mine purchase had been the discovery of the McLeay deposit where just weeks ago the company reported high-grade extensions outside the resource/reserve base which was still open to the north, south and east. Exploration drilling had returned an intersection which included 6m @ 8.3% nickel and 6m @ 6.1% nickel and the existing resource estimate of 13,0001 of contained nickel was expected to increase substantially. Long mine nickel ore reserves had

Bonwick told his audience that the company had reached agreement with BHP Billiton LId to purchase ground immediately north of the Long Complex where it has found lots of mineralised extensions. Exploration drilling had retumed intersections of 3.43m @ 4.5% nickel. At Gibb South, also in the Long project area, intersections nickel. had included 4.41m @ 16.2%
Bonwick said Independence had budgeted $4.3m for exploration in 2005/06 for its seven nickel, eight gold and one copper prospect. In addition to ongoing exploration and production from the Long project, Independence was in the Lake Lefroy JV in the Kambalda Field. The company's other nickel projects are in the north-eastern Goldfields where it is involved in the Irwin, Yandal, and Duketon JVs north-west of Windarra. Summing up, Bonwick said Independence's goals were to increase shareholder wealth by becoming a highly profitable, mid-cap, multicommodity company with growth through exploration and possible acquisition. - Allan Francis
increased by 25% (after taking 2004/05 production into account) to 49,370t contained nickel.
Ambitious newcomer casts wide net
he company which floated on the back of the nickel assets of Croesus Mining NL finds itself in a strong cash position to further
its vision of becoming an independent minerai producer through exploration sition. and acqui-
tual play in Victoria." Subsequent to listing in late 2003, Nickel Australia has picked up prospects at Killaloe, Maggie Hayes South and the Bounty area. At the Monarch project at Norseman, nickel-copper-platinum mineralisation is hosted in the Mission Sill, a layered mafic-ultramafic intrusion with overall dimensions of at least five by one kilometres. Norseman also contains the relatively untested Mt Thirsty mafic-ultramafic intrusion. "There is a large open nickel-copper-platinum anomaly at Monarch and we have been very encouraged by the first-pass wide-spaced drilling programme. At Davyhurst, north-west of Kalgoorlie, Manouge said the project was considered to be a significant greenfields nickel sulphide play which hosts four main ultramafic belts and was relatively unexplored for nickel due to the historical focus on gold. "We have only just gone in there looking at two priority electromagnetic targets and we've been encouraged by the initial attack of firstPat Manouge
pass aircore drilling," Manouge said. Nickel Australia has established a significant landholding in the well endowed, high-grade Bounty nickel province which the company considered under-explored. The project contains three ultramafic belts with a combined strike of about 30km. "There is no reason why there shouldn't be massive sulphides there. Nickel sulphides have been confirmed by historical, and our, drilling." The company's 13 Mexican projects cover more than 6,OOOsq km of the Arizona-Sonora Porphyry Belt in a major mineral province hosting substantial precious and base metal deposits prospective for a range of deposit styles and sizes. Nickel Australia has a JV with Geoformatics Exploration Inc and has access to a pipeline of projects through Geoformatics' alliance with Rio Tinto Ltd subsidiary Kennecott Exploration Inc. - Doug Wilkinson

Nickel Australia Ltd is focused on intensive field exploration and Pat Manouge, exploration manager, told the Australian Nickel Conference that though the company's vision was the same as most companies it was in a good position to further its goals. "We have already spent a lot of money on exploration and have a good cash position," Manouge said. "Nickel Australia has a two-pronged attack on exploration - nickel sulphides, gold and copper in Australia and copper, gold and silver in Mexico - with a good portfolio of high quality exploration properties and a strong exploration budget." The company has eight nickel sulphide projects in Westem Australia and 13 copper, gold and silver projects in Mexico and set its 2005 exploration budget at $2.5 million. "We are actively pursuing further nickel sulphide projects and 75% of the budget is spent on nickel sulphides," Manouge said. "We also have an application on a concep-
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last year by Sally Malay Mining Ltd that the company had its sights set on being the fifth ranked Australian nickel producer by 2006. The company's presentation this year - entitled "Delivering as Promised" - indicates it is on track to achieve that goal. In 2004, Sally Malay started open pit mining and commissioned its plant at its namesake project in Western Australia's Kimberley region. Last year the company also acquired the former WMC Resources Ltd Lanfranchi mine in the Kambalda region and delivered its first ore to the Kambalda concentrator in February this year. Managing director Peter Harold told the conference the company had $2.4 billion of nickel, copper and cobalt resources in in situ assets at Sally Malay and Lanfranchi. "The name of the game is to get it out of the ground and sell it," he said. With both mines in production, a management restructure completed and operations now under owner-operator status, the company is on target for more than 15,0001 a year nickel equivalent to give it the fifth ranking. "Lanfranchi was down for five weeks earlier this year but is now at full production," Harold said. "The board has changed a bit (since last year) but it is always healthy to have a change." Although Sally Malay was a "single track company" now, it intended to diversify into other minerals. It had attracted strong institutional investment over the past year with 50% of the stock held offshore. "The share price currently tracks the nickel price," Harold said. Sally Malay bought the Sally Malay project for $1.7 million in 2001 which then had a contained nickel resource of 65,000t. It reached full production earlier this year with open pit mining at 740,000t @ 1.24% nickel and 11,670t @ 1.13% from underground development. "We paid more in stamp duty on Lanfranchi than we did for the entire Sally Malay project," Harold said, expressing his annoyance at state govemment policies. "The open pit (at Sally Malay) finishes in February 2006 then we go underground. We are getting much better recoveries than expected and have raised our budgeted recovery figures." Harold said Sally Malay was producing a premium concentrate with typical grades of 8.5% nickel, 4.0-5.0% copper and 0.5% cobalt. "We produced about 6,000t of concentrate last (fiscal) year and will significantly lift that to 8-9,000t this year." The profit retums from the concentrate are expected to be 70% from nickel and 15% from copper and cobalt. Harold said the Kimberley project area had significant upside with an anomaly to the north-

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resource and significant exploration upside. Historic production from Lanfranchi stands at 3.1 mt @ 3.2% for 98,450t nickel. Several prospects have been discovered in the area and already have indicated-inferred resources totalling 3.648mt @ 2.03%. The new Skinner prospect was discovered by accident. Forecast production from Lanfranchi for 2005/06 has been put at 4,514t and 6,282t for 2006/07. Harold said the company was looking at mining the lower extensions of the orebody with mechanised gear instead of the currently used airleg miners. "There is a lot of potential to lift production and there is additional capacity in our contract with the concentrator." Harold said an exploration decline was being developed to look for downplunge extensions of the Schmitz and Lanfranchi orebodies. Peter Harold east of the pit, underground targets being drilled off the decline, ultramafic outcrops to the south and deep drilling scheduled for mid2006. The Copemicus prospect to the south has an open pit reserve of 355,OOOt@ 1.14%, Corkwood to the east 225,OOOt @ 0.65% and the company has increased its landholdings in the region. The company also has the Koondooloo Yard prospect where a strong aeromagnetic anomaly has been identified although Harold wasn't convinced of the mineral. "I don't think it is nickel - it could be diamonds." Harold said the Sally Malay plant was performing very well and exceeding design capacity by 10%. The plant reconciliation of ore mined against reserves showed 24% extra nickel and Harold believed the plant was capable of 1 mtpa. The Lanfranchi mine was purchased for $26 The Helmut South anomaly would also be investigated. There was also "enormous potential" for a possible northern side repetition of the Lanfranchi mineralisation and immediate potential to significantly increase the resource base. Harold said $2 million had been budgeted for 2005/06 exploration. Combined nickel recovery for the two mines was forecast at 11,227t for 2005/06 and 13,699t the following year for earnings of $40 million in 2005/06 and $75 million in 2006/07. "There is a good story developing there," Harold said. "Unfortunately, we didn't have a lot of tax credits (from the Lanfranchi acquisition). "We are exceeding expectations and have a good exploration base from which to grow." Harold said Sally Malay had targeted a third mine for the near future. The first two mines coincided with the birth of his first two children and his wife was expecting again in April next year. "I've still got some work to do," he said.


When things just work

estern Minerals Technology LId - an 80% owned subsidiary of LionOre Australia LId - has produced better than expected results from its Activox demonstration plant at LionOre's Tati nickel mine in Botswana. WMT general manager Gary Johnson said the Activox hydrometallurgical process is a combination of fine grinding and pressure oxidation. "Fine grinding enables us to make the pressure oxidation work at low temperatures and low pressures - so we're not talking pressure oxidation the way the laterites talk about it at 250C," he said. "We're talking 100C, the boiling point of your average kettle, and 1,000 kpa or 10 atmospheres pressure. "Activox has a long development history and Gavin Becker (Gladstone Pacific Nickel LId) was intimately involved in the early days, when he was project manager of the Yakabindie project for Dominion Mining LId. "I can remember clearly the day when Gavin gave me two samples of nickel concentrate from the Yakabindie orebody, one of which was smelter quality concentrate, so low magnesium oxide (mgo) and high nickel but produced at low recovery; and another concentrate that was high mgo, completely unsaleable and we took that into the Activox process. We got 98% nickel out of both of those concentrates. "That was really the starting point for the development of the Activox process and downstream process for making nickel metal. "In the late 90s, Dominion Mining lost interest in a lot of things associated with mining, in particular nickel and technology development, and that's when LionOre Australia acquired an 80% stake in what is now Western Minerals Technology - my company holds the remaining 20% and for my sins I get to run the business for them." The first step in the development was to pilot the Nkomati project in South Africa in 1998, prior to LionOre acquiring a 50% stake in that project. The next step was to apply the technology at the Tati project in Botswana, which led to the construction of a demonstration plant onsite. "The objective for LionOre is to leverage the Activox technology into a low-cost, vertically integrated nickel business through this pilot testing, the demonstration plant in Botswana and a major investment here in Australia by purchasing the Bulong (Avalon) lateritic nickel plant. "We are currently doing the study work of converting that into a sulphide nickel refinery." The building block for LionOre's hydro metallurgical strategy in Australia is based around the Honeymoon Well nickel deposit, a 17km north-west trending segment of the highlyendowed Agnew-Wiluna greenstone belt located immediately north of the Mt Keith nickel mine in Western Australia.


Pander Society Newsletter
Compiled and edited by P.H. von Bitter and J. Burke
Number 38

June 2006

Dear Conodont Colleagues: A year has gone by since I last communicated like this, and Im pleased (and relieved) that another Pander Society Newsletter is ready to go. Thank you for having sent in your reports and questionnaires; without your willingness to going through a bit of pain there would be no Pander Society Newsletter, and our communications would be the poorer. I am very grateful to compiler and editor Joan Burke (Toronto) and webmaster Mark Purnell (Leicester) for their dedication and ongoing interest; they have helped me greatly and continue to make me look better than I really am, particularly in a time of personal and professional transition. You, the Pander Society membership, continue to re-invent and apply conodonts in startling new ways. Some of this re-invention was seen at the Pander Society Symposium in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where on March 20-22, 2006 our (mostly) North American members focused on Conodonts & Sequence Stratigraphy. Looking ahead, the programme of ICOS 2006 on July 12-30/ 2006 in Leicester, England, promises not only to surprise and delight, but looks remarkably diverse and imaginative. Christian Pander, would, on the 150th anniversary of the publication of his major conodont study, no doubt be enormously impressed and pleased with the innovativeness and progress of his intellectual grandchildren. My best wishes to all of you. Peter Peter H. von Bitter, Chief Panderer. Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum & Department of Geology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada <> May 31, 2006

Thank you

The Pander Society is indebted to the Department of Natural History, Royal Ontario Museum for its financial support, that made the assembly and production of this Newsletter possible; the Society is further indebted to Joan Burke for volunteering her time and expertise on the Newsletter, long after she retired from the ROM, and at a time in her life when she could be putting her feet up and taking it easy. Finally, the Society thanks the University of Leicester for permitting the Newsletter to continue to be distributed from the University server.

Financial Matters

Although Pander Society members pay no dues, and the Society has no budget, a small pot of money, was somehow put together and safely tucked away by our previous Chief Panderer, Dick Aldridge. This money was transferred to Toronto in 2004 and was put into a business bank account, one with minimal monthly charges. In 2005 some of the money was used to help in the assembly and production of the Newsletter; this year, some of the money purchased the most up-to-date version of EndNote. This programme has already made the entry of bibliographic data easier; it promises to help you, the membership, to retrieve old and new entries, and should help the Pander Society with more logical, longterm storage and management of bibliographic data. The balance in the Pander Society coffers is about $110.30 (Canadian); if anyone would like to help the Society financially with the production of the annual newsletter, or with other miscellaneous expenses, the Chief Panderer would be delighted to be approached.

Of Special Interest

Retired. Budurov; Cheng-yuan; Meco; Norby; nder; Paull; Poole; Perret Mirouse; Wang; Yoshida Retired from Teaching. Bergstrm; Kirchgasser; Lfgren F.Y.I. Nancy Stamm hosts most of the USGS conodont collections and their documentation, is actively working on compiling a digital database of all USGS fossil reports from the late 1800s, and is a contact for conodont studies by visiting scientists. Rob Stamm is still working on Carboniferous apparatuses and faunas from eastern and western North America, time permitting; his current USGS project does not involve conodont work. (Submitted by John Repetski) Honours. Phil Donoghue became Vice President of the Palaeontology Association and received the Hodson Award from the PA; Chris Barnes received the Elkanah Billings Medal from the Geological Association of Canada; Godfrey Nowlan was the recipient of the J. Willis Ambrose Medal from the Geological Association of Canada; Peter MacKenzie is now the President of the Eastern Section of AAPG Obituaries. It is with sadness that we record the passing of our Belgian colleague Michel Coen, by accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Michel was a former Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and was an accredited researcher with the National Science Foundation of Belgium (FNRS). He was a specialist in Devonian-Carboniferous conodonts and ostracodes. (Samuel Ellisons 1987 Conodont Bibliography suggests that Michel was most active in the Devonian [especially the Frasnian] and the Lower Carboniferous between the late 1960s and the early 1980s [PvB]). (Submitted by Eric Groessens) We are also saddened to note that post-graduate student Anatoliy Pashnin, who studied Late OrdovicianEarly Silurian conodonts at the Institute of Geology, Komi Science Centre, Russia, was killed in an automobile accident. (Submitted by Tatyana Beznosova) Im sorry to have to inform the members of the Pander Society that our distinguished colleague Professor Jin Yugan (Lao Jin) passed away on the 26th of June, 2006. This will be a shock to many of you, and Jin Yugan will be missed by us all. (sent by Shuzhong Shen, Secretary of the Subcommission on Permian Stratigraphy & Director of the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Relocated. Armstrong (note new Institutional address); Dopieralska (moved from Giessen, Germany to new isotope lab at Adam Mickiewicz University in Posnan, Poland); Dzik (dual responsibilities with Warsaw University & Polish Academy of Sciences); Gouwy (relocated from Belgium to Italy); (J.F.)Miller (note university, address & e-mail changes); Percival (office & lab relocated to Londonderry on the western outskirts of Sydney); Pyle (to Geological Survey of Canada); Stouge (to Geological Museum, University of Copenhagen, Denmark); Swift (to the real world); Trotter (although physically based at RSES, ANU in Canberra, has returned working full-time with CSIRO Petroleum in Sydney); Wickstrm (as of 2006 in charge of collections at Geological Survey of Sweden).

USGS, led a field trip to central Pennsylvania. John introduced a small but enthusiastic collection of Panderers, including a group of Jeff Overstudents from SUNY-Geneseo, to the Palaeozoic rocks of the Appalachian fold belt. The trip began on a chilly morning in a quarry near Roaring Springs, Pennsylvania, that exposes a section of Ibexian through Mohawkian strata. Later in the day, John Taylor (Indiana University of Pennsylvania) joined the party and supervised a visit to an exposure of Silurian and Devonian rocks along Interstate 99 near Altoona, Pennsylvania. The excursion concluded with a brief stop to see the Loyalhanna Limestone Member (Mississippian) of the Mauch Chunk Formation. (Submitted by Ray Ethington). Members of the Society gathered in the Welsh Borderlands in December for the annual Pre-PalAss get together, under the auspices of the Microvertebrate Group of The Micropalaeontological Society. A crisp and sunny day in the field looking at some classic Silurian sections was followed by an evening of talks and discussion in the comfortable surroundings of the Malvern Hills Hotel. Thanks to Rob Raine for organising the meeting.
A group of conodont and microvertebrate workers from the British Isles enjoying some early morning champagne in the December sunshine of Gullet Quarry, near Malvern, to celebrate Dick Aldridge's significant birthday.
FUTURE CONODONT MEETINGS ICOS 2006 The First International Conodont Symposium; University of Leicester, Leicester, U.K. July 12 - 30, 2006
Following from the highly successful series of meetings held under the ECOS banner, ICOS 2006, the first International Conodont Symposium, will be held in Leicester, UK, in July 2006. Summarized Programme July 12 - 16, Excursion 1 - The Carboniferous of Ireland July 17 18, Technical Sessions July 19, Day Excursions (see below) July 20, Technical Sessions, Conference Banquet July 21, Morning - Technical Sessions; afternoon - Palaeobiology Workshop July 21 - 27, Excursion 2 - Iapetus - from coast to coast
Symposia Pander's legacy, 150 years on. 2006 marks the Sesquicentennial of Pander's monograph in which conodonts were described for the first time. This symposium will consider Pander and his scientific contribution, including his work on conodonts, other fossil vertebrates, and developmental biology. Keynote speakers in this symposium will include Dick Aldridge who will be speaking on Pander and the phylogenetic position of the conodonts - then and now; Simon Knell (Museum Studies, Leicester), on Pander's contributions in their historical context and subsequent work; Anthony Graham (Developmental Biology, King's College, London) on Pander's seminal work in developmental biology; Peter Forey (Palaeontology, Natural History Museum) on Pander 1856 and ostracoderm vertebrates - from bits of scale to living fishes Conodont phylogenies - alternative approaches, implications, and applications. Hypotheses of conodont phylogeny underpin many areas of conodont research, including taxonomy, biostratigraphic zonation, evolutionary palaeobiology, and analysis of the quality of the fossil record. This session will explore alternative approaches to reconstructing conodont phylogeny, their assumptions, implications and applications. Keynote: Philip Donoghue. Conodonts, Palaeobiogeography and Palaeoceanography. Convened by Dick Aldridge, this session will cover all aspects of global influences on conodont distribution and the uses of conodonts in the investigation of palaeocontinental configurations, eustatic sea-level changes, climate models and the ocean/atmosphere system. Topics will include conodont biogeography, conodont geochemistry and the relationship between conodont distribution and sequence stratigraphy. Investigations of major patterns of extinction, radiation and faunal turnover will also be relevant. Keynote: Chris Barnes. Triassic Conodonts: Taxonomy and Time Scales. Convened by Mike Orchard. Conodonts play a primary role in Triassic biochronology and yet the taxonomic framework in which they are applied remains largely based on form taxonomic concepts. This symposium will explore both the variability of taxonomic approaches currently in use in the study of Triassic conodonts, including their Permian forebears, and their application in biostratigraphy and time scales. Keynote: Mike Orchard 'Coniform' Conodont Apparatuses and Architecture - Whence and Whither? Convened by Paul Smith and John Repetski. The last two decades have seen a major leap forward in the interpretation of more derived conodonts, with the elucidation of apparatus architectures using natural assemblages and the use of these architectural models as templates for apparatus reconstruction in taxa unrepresented by natural assemblages. In contrast, primitive conodonts with apparatuses composed of coniform elements are poorly represented by natural assemblages and it is clear that the record is replete with partial reconstructions, and limitations created by the unknown extent of morphologically similar elements within the apparatuses of individual conodonts. Even simple questions regarding the apparatuses of these taxa have uncertain answers. How many elements were there in conodonts with apparatuses of this type? How similar was the architecture to that of primitive prioniodontid conodonts? How much variation in architecture is there within primitive conodonts? Can consistent architectural models be developed with the available assemblage data? If so, can these be used to guide apparatus reconstruction in taxa represented only by collections of isolated elements? If the phylogeny of primitive conodonts, and other aspects of their palaeobiology, are to be investigated in a secure, reproducible and testable manner, then better constrained apparatus models are essential. Devonian Conodont Biostratigraphy Convened by Pierre Bultynck. The Devonian standard conodont zonation, mostly based on successions in deeper-water deposits, is widely used among conodont workers. However, some zones are not always easily accepted. This symposium will focus on the following topics: constraints on the Devonian standard conodont zonation; alternative zonations in deeper-water facies; alternative zonations/faunas in shallower-water facies; graphic correlation. Kenote: Sophie Gouwy Workshops and Day excursions Wednesday, July 19 Short Field Excursion: Lower Carboniferous, North Staffordshire. Leaders: Patrick Cossey (University of Staffordshire) and Mark Purnell. This trip will visit two or three localities which expose Lower Carboniferous sections on the margins of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Localities to be visited will include Brown End Quarry, of early Visean age, and Cauldon Railway Cutting, of Serpukhovian age. Both localities yield some rich conodont faunas; the Cauldon fauna (which also includes abundant micro-

A Silurian Meeting in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy - Time and Life in the Silurian: A Multidisciplinary Approach Late Spring 2009
A Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy meeting and field trip in the late spring of 2009 in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy). Final dates are not yet fixed, but the most probable period would be the first half of June.A preliminary schedule includes three days of scientific sessions and the Subcommission business meeting. Main emphasis will be paid to integrated multidisciplinary studies in Silurian rocks and fossil biota. Scientific sessions will be followed by three days of field trip: relatively deep water limestone and black shale facies will be demonstrated in a selected number of outcrops and sections.The first circular can be expected in early 2007. (submitted by Carlo Corradini)
Chief Panderers Note: When, in last years Pander Society Newsletter, I expressed dissatisfaction about how limited (and limiting) the Categories to be checked off under Research Interests were, I had no idea about the veritable Panders Box that I was opening. Not defining or limiting research categories and letting you the members express yourselves freely, led to great inventiveness on your part, attributable to creativity and differences in personality, experience, language, and culture. Initially, I didnt know what to do, but once I settled down, I decided to have a bit of fun and attempt to put like categories with like categories, without worrying about alphabetical order etc. If your interests are correctly grouped with other similar and related interests, then please give me a passing grade; if I didnt succeed, and I have placed you and your research interests in strange, unrelated places, then please dont take it personally, but accept my apologies and fail me. And, no, I dont know how well do it next year, but if you have suggestions do let me know. (PvB) Cambrian. Albanesi; Bagnoli; Barnes; Donoghue; Lehnert; Miller (J.F.); Nakrem; Pyle; Repetski; Sansom; Smith (Paul) Ordovician. Agematsu; Albanesi; Aldridge; Barnes; Donoghue; Ethington; Goncuoglu; Hall; Leatham; Lehnert; Leslie; Lfgren; Mannik; McCracken; Miller (J.F.); Percival; Pyle;Repetski; Rosales; Sansom; Simpson; Smith (Paul); Sokolova; Stouge; Sweet; Talent; Tarabukin; Viira; Wickstrm; Yong Yi Zhen; Shunxin Zhang Silurian. Agematsu; Albanesi; Aldridge; Barnes; Benfrika; Cole; Corradini; Donoghue; GarciaLpez; Goncuoglu; Jeppsson; Leatham; Lehnert; Mannik; McCracken; Mawson; Metzger; Miller; Nakrem; Norby; Purnell; Pyle; Sansom; Shunxin Zhang; Simpson; Slavik; Talent; Tarabukin; Viira; von Bitter; Wickstrm Devonian. Belka; Bender; Benfrika; Bultynck; Castello; Corradini; Day; Donoghue; Dopieralska; Gholamalian; Herbig; Katarzyna; Kirchgasser; Kirilishina; Klapper; Kononova; Leatham; Liao; Matyja; McCracken; Mawson; Metzger; Miller; Nazarova; Over; Piecha; Pyle; Randon; Sandberg; Slavik; Sokolova; Spalletta; Stritzke; Szaniawski; Talent; Tarabukin; Uyeno; Valenzuela-Rios; Wang Cheng-yuan; Wankiewicz; Weddige; WoroncowaMarcinowska; Zhuravlev Mississippian. Kurka; Miller (J.F.); Rexroad; Sandberg; von Bitter; Zhuravlev Irish Dinantian. Jones (G.Ll.) Pennsylvanian. Bright; Brown; Marshall; Merrill; Pieracacos; Rexroad; Rosscoe; Scomazzon; von Bitter Carboniferous. Barskov; Belka; Bender; Gholamalian; Herbig; Kononova; McCracken; Mawson; Nakrem; Nazarova; Norby; Soo-In Park; Piecha; Randon; Reimers; Spalletta; Talent; Tarabukin; von Bitter; Zhuravlev Permian. Aldridge; Hisaharu Igo; Jun Chen; Klets; Nakrem; Paull; Purnell; Reimers; Soo-In Park; Swift; Zhuravlev Triassic. Aldridge; Bagnoli; Budurov; Goudemand; Hirsch; Hisaharu Igo; Hisayoshi Igo; Jun Chen; Katarzyna; Kilic; Klets; KolarJurkov ek; Kovcs; Mrquez-Aliaga; Meco; Nakrem; nder; Orchard; Paull; Plasencia-Camps; Purnell; Reimers; Rigo; Sudar; Swift; ValenzuelaRios; Yao Jianxin; Zhao Paleozoic. Bergstrm; Dusar; Kurka; Wang Cheng-yuan; Yao Jianxin Cambrian through L. Ordovician. Xiping Dong Cambrian-Triassic. Dumoulin; Nicoll Cambrian to lowermost Liassic. Kozur Ordovician through Mississippian. Witzke Silurian-Devonian. Gouwy Devonian through Early Pennsylvanian. Lane Devonian-Triassic. Alekseev; Beatty; Katvala Carboniferous-Permian. Orchard Carboniferous-Triassic. Henderson; Hisayoshi Igo; Swift Permian to Triassic. Kolar-Jurkov ek, Yoshida; Lai Xulong Biostratigraphy. Albanesi; Alekseev; Bagnoli; Barnes; Barrick; Barskov; Bauer; Beatty; Benfrika; Blanco Ferrera; Brown; Bultynck; Capkinoglu; Corradini; Day; Ethington; Fordham; Gedik; Gholamalian; Goudemand; Gouwy; Groessens; Hairapetian; Hall; Heckel; Henderson; Herbig; Hisayoshi Igo; Ishida; Isozaki; Izokh; Jeppsson; Johnston (D.I.); Katarzyna; Katvala; Kirilishina; Klapper; Kleffner; Kolar-Jurkov ek; Kirchgasser; Kononova; Kovcs; Kozur; Kurka; Lambert; Lane; Leatham; Leslie; Liao; Lfgren; MacKenzie; Mastandrea; Matyja; McCracken; Mendez; Metcalfe; Metzger; Miller (J.F.); Morrow; Nakrem; Nemyrovska; Nicoll; Nowlan; Obut; nder; Orchard; Over; Soo-In Park; Percival; Perez; Perri; Pevny; Pieracacos; Poole; Pyle;

(and Silurian) conodont taxonomy, evolution, paleoecology, cladistic analyses and the response of the conodont communities to eustatic change. Other studies just published include one on Late Ordovician conodonts from the Mithaka Formation, Georgina Basin, Australia (with T. Kuhn) and one on CambroOrdovician conodonts from the Famatina Terrane, Argentine (with G. Albanesi & M. Hnicken). The geochemistry of conodonts is being pursued further in collaboration with J. Trotter. Other work in press includes Ordovician-Silurian conodonts from Hudson Bay (with Shunxin Zhang); Late Ordovician-Early Silurian conodonts from the Edgewood Group, Missouri-Illinois (with T. Kuhn and F. OBrien); Late Ordovician-Early Silurian conodonts from the Kolyma Terrane, NE Russia (with Shunxin Zhang). Other work nearing completion includes Ordovician-Silurian conodonts from Hudson Bay (with Shunxin Zhang); Late Ordovician conodonts from southern Ontario (with Shunxin Zhang & G. Tarrant); Ashgill-Wenlock conodonts from the Canadian Arctic (with D. Jowett); and Ashgill conodonts from the Whitland section, south Wales (with A. Ferretti). James E. Barrick. Continues work on various aspects of Silurian to Late Carboniferous conodonts. Mark Kleffner and I have received NSF funding to investigate conodont faunal events, stable isotope events, and stratigraphical sequences for the Wenlock-Ludlow (Silurian) interval across southern and central North America. Igor S. Barskov. Continuing to work on the conodonts from Serpukhovian type section in the Russian Platform. Am also conducting an historical review of conodont research and researchers in the former Soviet Union. Jeff Bauer. Continues to work toward completion of a manuscript on Joins and Oil Creek conodonts. Shawnee State University has just approved a concentration in geology; consequently, I will now be teaching future geologists. Tyler W. Beatty. For the past two years has been working on Lower Triassic biostratigraphy and paleoenvironmental analysis in western USA, western Canada, Canadian Arctic, and South China, as part of my Ph.D. thesis. Work continues on M.Sc. research concerning conodont faunas from the Quesnel Terrane of the Canadian Cordillera. Zdzislaw Belka. Working on Late Devonian conodont stratigraphy in the eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Other projects include studies on REE isotope chemistry of conodont elements in the Variscan Europe and CAI studies in the Devonian of northern Africa. Peter Bender. Continue to study Devonian and Carboniferous conodonts from the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge. El Mostafa Benfrika. Working on Silurian and Devonian conodont biostratigraphy from northwestern Moroccan Meseta. Stig M. Bergstrm. Although retired from teaching, I continue working in the Department essentially fulltime and maintain my research program in North America, Baltoscandia, and China. However, much of my current research does not involve conodonts to a significant degree as shown by the fact that among many papers and abstracts published, only three papers deal with conodonts. The most significant was a study of middle Llandovery conodonts from Sweden (with P. Dahlquist). Although I am still involved in conodont projects, most of my time these days is spent on geochemical work (13C chemostratigraphy and the use of isotopes for assessing Ordovician sea water temperatures). This has led to exciting results, including new interpretations of the stratigraphy and depositional conditions during round the Ordovician/Silurian boundary in North America and Baltoscandia. Camomilia Bright. Still on hiatus from conodont activity and exploring the world of foraminifera. Lewis M. Brown. Working with Carl Rexroad on Pennsylvanian, primarily Desmoinesian conodonts. Three Illinois Basin projects are in the final stages of completion and we have begun a new project in New Mexico. Kiril Y. Budurov. Although now retired I still continue to work at the Bulgarian Geological Institute where I am working on the conodonts from the Eastern Stara Planina Mountains and preparing a monograph on the Triassic conodont fauna. Pierre Bultynck. Some progress in the study of Frasnian conodonts from sections in S. Morocco (with S. Gouwy) and in the study of conodonts of the Eifelian/Givetian boundary interval in the GSSP for the base of the Givetian in S. Morocco (with O.H. Walliser & K. Weddige). Also studying the subterminus conodont fauna in Europe and S. Morocco and correlation with N. America (with K. Narkiewicz). Galina Ivanovna Buryi. Continuing research on main morphological structures of euconodont animal. Senol Capkinoglu. Working on Devonian-Carboniferous conodont biostratigraphy of Turkey. Stephen Carey. No longer working on condonts.

basal conglomerate (in relation with the Triassic sealing of the post-accretionary Kurosegawa Terrane, Outer Zone of SW Japan) has been published (Ishida et al., 2005). Provenance of the Triassic conodontbearing gravels in the Lower Jurassic cover formation of the Mae Sariang Zone was discussed with special respect to the sealing and erosional event of the Shan Thai Terrane (Ishida et al., 2005). The Triassic (Carnian-Norian) conodont biostratigraphy of the meta-chert succession in the Mino-Tamba Jurassic accretion terrane (Inner Zone of SW Japan) will now be studied (Mikami et al., 2006). Yukio Isozaki. Currently working on detailed stratigraphy of the Guadalupian-Lopingian (=Middle-Upper Permian) boundary interval and the Lopingian/Induan (=Permian-Triassic) boundary interval in South China and in Japan. Nadezhda G. Izokh. Study of conodonts from Ordovician, Silurian and Devonian of the Altai-Sayan folded area, West Siberia, Russia and South Tien Shan. Lennart Jeppsson. Collecting and processing work on the Linde and Klev events, and on the recently discovered early Wenlock Ansarve event has yielded much new data. This is critical for achieving a highresolution stratigraphy for these intervals, to identify localities for future work (on other major clades, isotopic and sedimentological changes), to judge the strength of these events, and, not least, to reveal how badly conodonts fared during these events. Manuscripts include papers now in the list of publications (see also Calner et al.), the submitted one and the subzones of the O. s. rhenana Zone. These can be followed across different facies belts in the Silurian sequence of Gotland. Application of them result in unexpected large revisions in the local stratigraphy, but also makes the range of other clades conform with those found elsewhere. David Ian Johnston. A paper on disrupted conodont bedding plane assemblages from the Mississippian of western Canada by Charles Henderson and myself has been published. We also presented a poster on this topic at the AAPG meeting in Calgary this past June. I have also been doing some biostratigraphic service work involving conodonts this year as well. Working on another manuscript (with C. Henderson) concerning the conodont biostratigraphy and the implications for sequence stratigraphy for the upper Wabamun Group to lower Banff Formation interval in the surface and subsurface of southern Alberta. The work is based on the MSc thesis of C. Hendersons recent graduate student Michael Schmidt. I am now involved in non-conodont work by providing services in petroleum geology. David Jones. Working on morphometric analysis of Ozarkodina excavata and Pterospathodus to examine taxonomy, population variation and evolutionary rates, patterns and processes. Gareth Ll. Jones. Mineral exploration activities in Ireland only just begun to lift again, lagging behind the recovery in zinc prices. I look forward to working with conodonts (and foraminifers, algae, etc.) in 2006. Meanwhile geothermal exploration is keeping me warm! Jun Chen. In order to know more about Late Permian-Early Triassic conodonts from Meishan Section (GSSP), South China, especially the evolutionary status of genera Clarkina, many samples have been collected and processed. Abundant specimens have been picked from these residues. Now working on my thesis (under Prof. Charles M. Henderson, Calgary, Canada) and hopefully will be completed by mid-2006. Tea Kolar-Jurkov ek. Most of my projects on Triassic biostratigraphic studies in Slovenia and Croatia continue collaboratively with my colleagues. An intensive study of the P-T interval and Lower Triassic is in progress in many sections of the Dinarides in order to define the systemic boundary biostratigraphically. Micropaleontological study of two sections in the Raibl Beds (Carnian) of Slovenia have been published; 1) a conodont apparatus of Nicoraella ? budaensis is demonstrated from the Belca section; and 2) some new gastropod taxa are recognized from the two assemblages of the Mezica area. Erik Cowing Katvala. Most of my work to date has focused on using biostratigraphic, paleoecologic, and paleogeographic data from Mississippian through Triassic conodonts to help constrain paleontologic, stratigraphic and tectonic interpretations in the accreted terranes of western North America. I have also been working on element distributions in conodont elements on the electron microprobe. Ali Murat Kilic. Working on the Triassic conodonts from the Kocaeli & Karaburun peninsulas, Taurids, Bulgaria and Japan with Profs. K. Budurov & F. Hirsch. William Kirchgasser. Work continues on conodont and microvertebrate fossils of the Conodont Bed (North Evans Limestone) around the Givetian/Frasnian boundary in western New York. A manuscript with G. Klapper on the Frasnian conodont sequence in New York is in prep. Work continues on the conodontgoniatite associations in the lower Frasnian of Pennsylvania, a project being conducted in collaboration with Gordon Bair (SUNY Fredonia) and Carl Brett (Univ. of Cincinnati). Elena M. Kirilishina. Research on the conodonts from Frasnian-Famenian boundary interval of central regions of the Russian Platform.

initiatives such as the Chronos System and the Palaeontological Database. The focus of this project is to improve the CONOP software used for the Chronos Web through decreasing problems faced when crossing facies boundaries between carbonate-dominated facies into shale-dominated facies. Jau-Chyn Liao (aka Teresa). As a Ph.D. student I am working on Givetian and Lower Frasnian conodonts from the Pyrenees. My main point is to establish a fine biostratigraphical scale for the Givetian and to contribute to the current decisions concerning Givetian subdivision. Another important issue is the recognition of the Eifelian/Givetian and Givetian/Frasnian boundaries and to establish the origin and succession of the genus Ancyrodella in the Pyrenees. Two years ago I started to work on Givetian/Frasnian microfacies with P. Knigshof & E. Schindler. Several presentations on biostratigraphy and interpretation on paleoenvironments (with Ph.D. advisor Nacho Valenzuela) at Siberian meeting in Novosibirsk. Anita Lfgren. Continuing research on Lower and Middle Ordovician conodonts (with help from many friends). Microzarkodina is still in focus, as it is the topmost Cambrian cordylodid from Sweden, and the position of the base of the Middle Ordovician in Sweden. I am now officially retired from teaching, but still retain my office for research. Friedrich W. Luppold. Conodont research activities in the Harz Mountains continue. Alexander (Sandy) D. McCracken. I continue to work on Middle to Upper Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Carboniferous conodonts from various locations in Canada. Much of my time is now assigned to outreach and paleontological databases. Timothy R. McHargue. No conodont research ongoing at moment, but I am hopeful that I will be returning to conodont work soon. Peter MacKenzie. Passive conversations with Stig. I am now self-employed! Peep Mnnik. Continuing to work on the evolution, ecology and taxonomy of Ordovician and Silurian conodonts from Baltic, Arctic regions and Siberia, as well as on conodont-based high-resolution stratigraphy. Ana Mrquez Aliaga. Iberian (western Tethys) Triassic paleobiology and biostratigraphy. Richard Marshall. As an avocational conodont researcher and collector I have not been very active for the last several years, however, I am planning to be more active in my (almost exclusive) Pennsylvanian mid-USA interests. Adelaide Mastandrea. Involved in biostratigraphic studies of the Carnian/Rhaetian conodonts in the Northern Calabria and Basillicata (southern Italy). I am still involved in a project dealing with Kubler Index (KI) and CAI. Hanna Matyja. Administration dominated my last several years and half of 2005. Fortunately it is over and I have got a good chance to getting back to proper conodont research and to fulfilling some of my obligations to co-authors. Studies involving Devonian and Mississippian conodonts continue at various paces. The manuscript on the Devonian and Mississippian stratigraphy and facies development in NW Poland (Western Pomerania), including also a comparative study with adjoining areas (Lithuania, Latvia in the east and north-eastern Germany in the west), has been completed and a paper will be published this year. Several papers are in progress, with E. Turnau on the Middle Devonian and Frasnian conodont and palynomorph biostratigraphy, as well as on the Givetian/Frasnian boundary. I have also started work on Mississippian facies distribution in NW Poland. Work (with A. Tomas) has commenced on the tectonic and climatic controls on sedimentation and distribution of foraminifer faunas during the Famennian. With coauthors also engaged in integrated conodont-miospore-foram biostratigraphic, sedimentologic, event stratigraphic, and magnetic susceptibility study of the Middle and Upper Devonian in NW Poland. A new project on high resolution biostratigraphy and event stratigraphy close to the Devonian/Carboniferous boundary will begin this year. Ruth Mawson. Concentrating on Early Devonian faunas from the Rockhampton area, NSW, central and western NSW and New Zealand and on Late Devonian conodont faunas from NW Xinjiang. At MUCEP four years ago we introduced a double degree (BSc with BA); the compulsory major is Palaeontology. This year 3 very bright students who enrolled in this degree are now doing Honours in Palaeontology! S. Meco. Retired in 2005 but still working on Triassic conodonts. Carlos A. Mndez. Working on Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) conodonts in the Cantabrian Mountains (North Spain). The levels close to the Bashkirian-Moscovian and Moscovian-Kasimovian boundaries are my main points of interest. Glen K. Merrill. Continuing work on Gondolella (with P.H. von Bitter) and also a large project on the Pennsylvanian rocks and faunas of southeast Ohio (USA).

Ian Metcalfe. Studies of conodonts from the Permian-Triassic transition continue (with Bob Nicoll, ANU). Papers on the evolutionary lineages and taxonomy of the genera Isarcicella and Hindeodus are currently being prepared. A study of conodonts from the P-T transition (subsurface) in the Perth Basin, Australia is underway. Studies of conodonts from southeast Asia and China continue, principally Permian and Triassic. Ron Metzger. Planning to return to working on a project involving multielement taxonomy of collections from the Devonian State Quarry Limestone around Iowa City, Iowa. C. Giles Miller. This year my conodont activities seem to have mainly been chasing Devonian specimens from Sub Polar Urals around slides and changing my mind about their multielemental relationships. After a year of pondering I have made some tentative reconstructions of Ancyrodella, Mesotaxis and several prioniodinids. In the meanwhile Ive been to conferences in Armenia (where I collected more Devonian material), St. Petersburg and Oxford, UK where I presented various multielemental reconstructions. Now I just have to make some counts and stick my neck out and publish them. Ive also started a project on Iranian Silurian conodonts with Vachik Hairapetian (Azak University, Iran). James F. Miller. Still working on conodont biostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy, and chonostratigraphy of Upper Cambrian and Lower Ordovician strata in western Utah and central Texas. A new project is studying conodonts from a series of meteorite impact structures of Mississippian age in Missouri. Associated breccias have mixed-age conodonts including Lower Ordovician, Upper Ordovician and Lower to Middle Mississippian faunas. Other Panderers have been involved, including Ray Ethington, Steve Leslie, John Repetski, Charles Sandberg and Tom Thompson. Last year our university was renamed, so please note new postal and e-mail addresses. Jared R. Morrow. Current interests are Late Devonian (Frasnian-Famennian) conodont-based event stratigraphy, extinctions, biofacies, and sequence stratigraphy. I continue to work with C. Sandberg & A. Harris on conodont-based evidence for effects of the mid-Frasnian Alamo Impact Event, Nevada (USA) including documentation of conodonts ejected by the impact. I have begun work (with J. Krivanek) on a study of mid-Famennian carbonate buildups, west-central Utah, USA. I am also contributing to a geochemical study of conodonts by Poul Emsbo, US Geological Survey. Hans Arne Nakrem. Processing Cambrian samples from the Oslo Region and Permian samples from Svalbard (Norwegian Arctic). Results hopefully to be reported on during 2006. Katarzyna Narkiewicz. Have completed the first draft of my thesis Middle Devonian conodonts from the Radom-Lublin area: taxonomy, biostratigraphy and biofacies. I am studying Frasnian conodont biostratigraphy in the shallow-water succession of SE Poland. Research (with P. Bultynck) on the European equivalents of the subterminus fauna continues. Also collaborating with S. Kruchek of the Institute of Geological Sciences, Belarus, on Devonian conodonts from Belarus. Valentina M. Nazarova. Continuing work on Middle-Upper Devonian and Carboniferous conodonts from the Russian Platform. Also studying conodont functional morphology. Tamara I. Nemyrovska. Currently working on Carboniferous conodonts of Donbas, Ukraine and the Cantabrian Mountains, Palencia, Spain. As a member of several Task Groups of the Subcommission on the Carboniferous Stratigraphy of the IUGS, I am concentrating on the Visean/Serpukhovian, Bashkirian/Moscovian, Moscovian/Kasimovian and Kasimovian/Gzhelian boundaries in Europe. Robert S. Nicoll. Work with Permian-Triassic boundary faunas continues, as does work on Permian faunas of Western Australia. Ordovician faunas from central and Western Australia are also being examined. Also a study of Triassic faunas from Western Australia and Timor is in progress. Alda Nicora. Working on Permian (Iran, Oman) and Triassic conodont faunas from southern Italy (Pizzo, Mondello, Scicily). Rodney D. Norby. Activities have slowed considerably but am still working with Don Mikulic on biostratigraphy within the Silurian of Illinois and adjacent area; working on organizing older collections and some CAI work with John Repetski and others. Since retirement a year ago, I retain an office with Illinois State Geological Survey and am still in charge of the ISGS Paleontological collections, including conodonts. Godfrey S. Nowlan. My work on conodonts has been severely curtailed for the last three years as I continue to work on public geoscience eduction in northern Canada. I am working slowly on a few projects: 1) Conodont biostratigraphy and paleoecology of the Ordovician and Silurian rocky shoreline exposed on the shore of Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba (with G. Young & R. Elias); 2) The Nd isotope ratios and Sm/Nd ratio and conodont paleoecology of late Ordovician strata in the subsurface of Saskatchewan (with C. Holmden & F. Haidl); 3) Early Cambrian embryos and small shelly fossils from the

to these collections by new sampling to provide conodont evidence for the wide extent of Alamo Impact megatsunami distal uprush and backwash deposits. With Anita Harris, I continue to identify blast-fallout Silurian, Ordovician and Cambrian conodont faunas, redeposited in lapilli beds within the Alamo Impact Breccia in southern Nevada. For a geologic map with Barney Poole, I am making new conodont collections from the Devonian platform-to-basin transitional sequence and deep-water channels of the Alamo Breccia in southern Hot Creek Range, Nevada. Also, I am processing and identifying Ordovician, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, and Permian conodont samples collection by Poole from northern Sonora, Mexico. I am also studying conodont collections process by Jim Miller from the Mississippian Weaubleau Impact breccia in Missouri. As time permits, I am re-identifying my older conodont collections and adding them to the D/C Conodont Database. This database, a work in progress since 1991, quickly provides information on ranges and distribution of all Devonian and Mississipian taxa. Thus, my workload continues to expand in my twelfth year as an Emeritus! Ivan J. Sansom. Currently in the midst of a project focusing on Ordovician vertebrates from Gondwana working with, among a whole cast of others, Guillermo Albanesi and Bob Nicoll. Javier Sanz-Lopez. Working on conodonts and stratigraphy from the Tournaisian to the Bashkirian of the Iberian Peninsula. CAI research is focusing in the Cantabrian Zone and the Pyrenees. Norman M. Savage. Devonian conodonts from SE Alaska; Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Permian & Triassic conodonts from Thailand. I am now teaching 2 classes at University of Oregon. Received financial support from Mahasarakham Universty, Thailand for conodont and brachiopod research. Ana Karina Scomazzon. Having now completed my post-doctoral thesis, I am presently working on two different projects: one on the biostratigraphy and paleoecology of Pennsylvanian conodonts of Brazilian Paleozoic basins and the other analyzing Sr and Nd in conodonts and whole rocks of the Amazonas Basin, Brazil. Im also co-supervising two Ph.D. students, one studying conodont biostratigraphy and the other studying taphonomy and stratigraphy of some Carboniferous deposits of the Amazonas Basin. Shuzhong Shen. Conodonts from the Permian and Permian-Triassic in South China and Tibet. Andrew Simpson. Unfortunately little time available for conodont research. Work with faunas for ongoing collaborative projects has been possible between other commitments. These include work on Late Silurian Lau event faunas with J. Talent & R. Mawson and L. Jeppsson and others, plus a project with D. Cole & J. Valentine on Silurian faunas from Murruin Creek in New South Wales, and finally work on abundant Early Silurian faunas from Boree Creek in New South Wales with P. Molloy. It is hoped that these collaborative efforts will see the light of day in 2006. Ladislav Slavik. This year I completed a Humboldt Research Fellowship at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany. Together with P. Carls & N. Valenzuela-Rios we continue our work on Upper Silurian-Lower Devonian conodont faunas from the Barrandian area and the Frauenwald. Terry Sloan. Continuing to work (slowly) on compiling graphic correlation of eastern Australian Devonian sections from data previously published by Mawson and Talent et al. Paul Smith. Work is currently concentrated on the Ordovician of Greenland and NW Scotland (with Rob Raine & J.A. Rasmussen), on the paleobiology and phylogenetic analysis of primitive prioniodinid conodonts and their relatives (with R. Dhanda & P. Donoghue) and on an unusual fauna from the Darriwilian of Saudi Arabia (with R. Aldridge). Luybov Sokolova. Post-grad student working on Upper Ordovician-Lower Devonian conodonts from the Subpolar Urals. Claudia Spalletta. Research continues on Lower Devonian to Lower Carboniferous conodonts from carbonate units of the Carnic Alps (northern Italy) with main focus on sections at the Frasnian/Famennian boundary. A paper on Late Devonian-Early Carboniferous vertebrate micro-remains from the Carnic Alps (with C. Randon, C. Derycke, A Blieck & M. Cristina Perri) is about to be published. A study (with C. Brime, M. Cristina Perri, M. Pondrelli & C. Venturini) on thermal history of the Carnic Alps using CAI and KI (Kuebler Index) is in progress. Svend Stouge. Working on Lower Palaeozoic successions with emphasis on Ordovician in northwest and south China, in Greenland, Scotland and Newfoundland. Also the Baltoscandia region is given serious attention and is compared in detail with conodonts from south China. Preparing working on conodonts from Australia together with other conodont workers. Involved with investigations of the base of the global mid-Ordovician Series boundary. Ruediger Stritzke. Devonian biostratigraphy of the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge. Milan N. Sudar. Continuing to work on Triassic conodonts (taxonomy, evolution, biostratigraphy, CAI) of Serbia.

Walter C. Sweet. Continue to assemblage data for a conodont-based Composite Standard section for the North American Ordovician System. I hope to have the data base, now rather large, in a form that will be accessible to others with similar interests. (Dont hold your breath!) Andrew Swift. Although I left the Leicester University Geology Department last year to try my hand in the real world, I retain an interest in all things conodont. Hubert Szaniawski. Presently working on proto- and paraconodonts and on the biology of conodonts. With Daniel Drygant am studying the Early Devonian conodonts of Podolia, Ukraine. John Talent. Present foci are primarily Devonian conodont faunas from northernmost Pakistan and eastern Australia; the Buchan Group (mainly Emsian) of eastern Victoria; the Pragian of Mt. Etna (Australia); and the Silurian of eastern Victoria. V.P. Tarabukin. Continuing to study Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian and Lower Carboniferous conodonts from the Selenyakh Ridge (NE Russia) event stratigraphy, biofacies, paleoecology and paleobiography. Am also working on CAI of Ordovician-Carboniferous rocks in some areas of NE Asia. Together with A.N. Reimers, I am also busy with conodonts from xenoliths in kimberlite pipes from the Siberian Platform. Julie Anne Trotter. Completion of my Ph.D. thesis is scheduled for early 2006; the thesis is focused on inorganic geochemistry (trace elements, Sr & O isotopes) using laser ablation and experiment in-situ applications. Note. Although I am currently physically based at RSES, ANU in Canberra I am again working full-time with CSIRO Petroleum in Sydney. Tom Uyeno. Currently active in research on Middle and Upper Devonian conodonts from western District of Mackenzie and from subsurface of Alberta (Canada); also Middle Devonian conodonts from southwestern Ontario (Canada). Jos Ignacio Valenzuela-Ros. In collaboration with P. Carls & M. Murphy we are aiming at the establishment of a fine biostratigraphic scale for marine Early Devonian rocks that serves as a basis for international correlation. We are intensively working on sections in Spain, USA and the Barrandian. One of the more important tasks is to try to stablize taxonomic nomenclature for the studied interval. L. Slavik and I have started to collaborate in correlating Barrandian and Pyreneean Lower Devonian sequences, and also working on upper Silurian strata from Germany and Barrandian. P. Carls & I are specially engaged on the Pragian/Emsian boundary and on paleogeographical interpretations of southwestern Europe during the Lower Devonian. One student has finished Ph.D. on fish remains from Celtiberia and another 3 Ph.D. students are working on conodonts. We wish to biostratigraphically characterize (by means of conodonts) the whole Devonian of a part of the Pyrenees and try to establish an independent microichthyolith-based biozonation for Lower Devonian marine sediments in the Iberian Chains. The first results of the long-term Devonian research are the descriptions of the Givetian conodont sequence and study of the GivetianFrasnian boundary in several Pyrenean sections that belong to two different basins. Also continuing collaboration with A. Marquez-Aliaga & P. Plasencia on Triassic rocks from Western Tethys Realm. Paula Medina Varea. Have recently started working on my Ph.D. project on Mississippian conodonts from Sierra Morena (Spain) and the Central Massif of Morocco. My first paper on Serpukhovian conodonts from Sierra Morena was recently published, and includes the main results of my M.Sc. project. Viive Viira. Research continues actively on Ordovician conodonts, and slowly on Silurian conodonts. Peter von Bitter. Mostly focusing on finding and understanding more of the spectacular Silurian conodont skeletons from the Eramosa Lagersttte of Ontario (with Mark Purnell and David Jones of Leicester); small Gondolella study (with G. K. Merrill) completed (in press); Lochriea (with Rod Norby and Rob Stamm) and Diplognathodus (with Glen Merrill and Rob Stamm), like Lazarus, need resurrection. Wang Cheng-yuan. Involved in a research program on Mongolian Paleozoic conodonts with Mongolian geologists including a field trip to Mongolia each year. I am also compiling a monograph on Devonian conodonts of China with an anticipated completion date by the end of 2008. Although retired, I continue to work in the Nanjing Institute. Aleksandra Wankiewicz. New Ph.D. student working on Late Devonian conodonts from Holy Cross Mountains, Poland. Karsten Weddige. My activities continue with studies on Devonian stratigraphy; in cooperation with Wang Cheng-yuan, Nanjing & Igor Bardashev, Dushanbe working on Devonian conodonts from Mongolia and Tajikistan, and on conodonts of the Lower Devonian of Bohemia, particularly of the Zlichovian/Dalejan boundary in order to define a Global Stratotype Section and Point for inner-Emsian substage boundary. Much energy, however, is absorbed by compiling and editing annual issues of the Devonian Correlation Table (DCT).

Linda M. Wickstrm. At last, I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham (UK). The first paper from the thesis was published last year, and the others are waiting to be published. Please note that, beginning in 2006, I am in charge of the collections at the Geological Survey of Sweden. Brian J. Witzke. Several Ordovician, Devonian and Mississippian projects are ongoing. A number of conodont assemblages, some with possible soft-bodied integument, were recently recovered from a new Lagersttte in a shale unit within the St. Peter Sandstone near Decorah, Iowa (discovered by Liu, McKay & Young). This collection is currently under study; several remarkably-preserved coleodontid assemblages are of special interest. Tatiana Woroncowa-Marcinowska. Working on Middle and Upper Devonian conodont biostratigraphy of the Holy Cross Mountains, and also on integrating conodont and goniatite biostratigraphy (Polish Geological Institute collections). Yao Jianxin. Continuing to work with Late Paleozoic and Triassic conodonts from South China, Kunlun Mountains & Tibet. Evgeny A. Yolkin. Continuing investigations on Devonian conodonts from West Siberia (Russia) and South Tien Shan (with N.G. Izokh). Takashi Yoshida. The biostratigraphic study of the Ashio Mountains north of Tokyo (with S. Hayashi and others) has been discontinued because of discordance with radiolarian biostratigraphy. I am now officially retired. Zhao Laishi. Commenced Ph.D. studies on Lower Triassic conodonts, especially Induan-Olenekian Boundary interval conodonts, GSSP on IOB, under the co-supervision of Tong Jinnan and Mike Orchard. Mainly interested in Lower Triassic conodonts from South China. Shunxin Zhang. Studying Late Ordovician and Early Silurian conodonts from southern Ontario and Hudson Bay area. I am interested in studying Ordovician and Silurian sea level events using conodont community changes as a tool; also interested in conodont cladistics. Yong Yi Zhen. Working on Ordovician faunas from Australia and China (with I. Percival & J. Liu). Andrey V. Zhuravlev. Continuing studies on Upper Devonian-Lower Carboniferous conodonts of north Urals and south-western part of East European Platform (as part of geological mapping projects); Middle Permian conodonts and biogeographic aspects of the eastern part of East European Platform and Russian Far East. Investigation of morphological and histological trends and sequences in the Late Palaeozoic conodont elements is in progress.


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JANSEN, U., K. WEDDIGE, E. SCHINDLER, AND M. SCHEMM-GREGORY. 2005. Neritic-palegic correlation in the Lower Devonian of Europe and North Africa. System Earth-Biosphere Coupling. Regional Geology of Central Europe, Erlangen, Program and Abstracts, Gesellschaft fr Geowissenschaften 39:192. JELASKA, V., D. BUCKOVIC, B. CVETKO TESOVIC, I. GUSIC, B. JURKOVSEK, T. KOLARJURKOVSEK, AND T. KORBAR. 2005. Mesozoic succession of Mt. Svilaja and signatures of the main geodynamic events. Hrvatski Geoloski Kongres, Opatija. JEPPSSON, L. 2005. Biases in the recovery and interpretation of micropalaeontological data, p. 57-71. In M. A. Purnell and P. C. J. Donoghue (eds), Conodont Biology and Phylogeny - Interpreting the Fossil Record. Special Papers in Palaeontology 73. JEPPSSON, L. 2005. Conodont based revisions of the Late Ludfordian in Gotland. GFF, 127:273-282. JEPPSSON, L. 2005. Oceanic and climatic cycles. The Dynamic Silurian Earth, Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy, Field Meeting, Field Guide and Abstracts, Rapporter och Meddelanden 121:1720. JEPPSSON, L. 2005. A revision of the Early Wenlock stratigraphy of Gotland. SGU-rapport 2005, 7:2021. JEPPSSON, L. 2005. A second Wenlock secundo-secundo event. GFF, 127:49. JEPPSSON, L., M. CALNER, AND M. E. ERIKSSON. 2005. Locality descriptions. The Dynamic Silurian Earth, Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy, Field Meeting, Field Guide and Abstracts, Rapporter och Meddelanden 121:22-56. JEPPSSON, L., M. ERIKSSON, AND M. CALNER. 2005. The Baltic Basin and the Silurian strata of Gotland, Sweden. The Dynamic Silurian Earth, Subcommission on Silurian Stratigraphy Field Meeting, Field Guide and Abstracts, Rapporter och Meddelanden 121:14-17. JIANG, H., G. LUO, AND X. LAI. 2004. Summary of approaches of conodont separation. Geological Sciences and Technology Information, 23(4):109-112. JOACHIMSKI, M. M., R. VAN GELDERN, S. BREISIG, W. BUGGISCH, AND J. DAY. 2004. Oxygen isotope evolution of biogenic calcite and apatite during the Middle and Late Devonian. International Journal of Earth Science, 93:542-553. JOACHIMSKI, M. M., P. H. von BITTER, AND W. BUGGISCH. 2006. Constraints on Pennsylvanian glacioeustatic sea-level changes using oxygen isotopes of conodont apatite. Geology, 34(4):277-280. JOHNSTON, D. I., AND C. M. HENDERSON. 2004. Disrupted conodont bedding plane assemblages, upper Bakken Formation (Lower Mississippian) from the subsurface of western Canada. GAC /MAC Joint Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, Ontario, Abstracts Volume 29:97. JOHNSTON, D. I., AND C. M. HENDERSON. 2005. Disrupted conodont assemblages, upper Bakken Formation (Lower Mississippian), from the subsurface of western Canada. American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention Calgary, Abstracts Volume:69-70. JOHNSTON, D. I., AND C. M. HENDERSON. 2005. Disrupted conodont bedding plane assemblages, Upper Bakken Formation (Lower Mississippian) from the subsurface of western Canada. Journal of Paleontology, 79(4):774-789. JONES, D. O., M. A. PURNELL, AND P. MNNIK. 2005. Morphometric analysis of the conodont skeleton: Investigating evolutionary trends during species transitions. Abstracts of the Palaeontological Association Annual Conference, Palaeontology Newsletter, 60:45. JONES, D. O., M. A. PURNELL, AND P. H. von BITTER. 2004. The shape of a species: morphometric analysis of the conodont apparatus. Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, St. Catharines, Ontario, Abstracts:83. JONES, D. O., M. A. PURNELL, AND P. H. von BITTER. 2005. Morphometric analysis of the conodont skeleton: a new multi-element approach PaleoBios (Abstracts of NAPC 2005, Halifax, Nova Scotia), 25(Supplement):2. JUN, C., C. M. HENDERSON, AND S. SHEN. 2005. Discussion on Late Permian-Early Triassic conodonts: Morphological variation and evolutionary succession. Permophiles, 45:22-26. KATVALA, E. C. 2004. Why are the Canadian Rockies important for conodont work in the outboard terranes of western Canada? Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists, Reservoir, 31(10):16. KATVALA, E. C. 2005. Conodonts in tectonostratigraphic terranes. PaleoBios, 25(Supplement to No.2):69-70.

KOZUR, H., AND G. H. BACHMANN. 2005. Marine biostratigraphy and event stratigraphy around the Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB) in Iran and its correlation with the continental biostratigraphy and event stratigraphy in the Germanic Basin, p. 154-158. In S. Lucas and K. E. Zeigler (eds.), The Nonmarine Permian.Volume New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 30. KRISTIANSEN, K., B. BUCHARDT, J. CHRISTIANSEN, D. A. T. HARPER, AND S. STOUGE. 2005. Stable isotopes from the Neoproterozoic upper Eleonore Bay Supergroup and the Tillite Group, Northeast Greenland. Joint Meeting of GAC/MAC & CSPG, Halifax, Canada, 106 [Abstract]. KRISTIA



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