Pending confirmation from the Research Executive Agency in Brussels, the Throughflow ITN midterm meeting will be held on January 23, 2012 at NCB Naturalis in Leiden. Check back in the next few weeks for more information about logistics and the meeting agenda. See the attached document for more information about the midterm review process.
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These thick coal beds lie within Middle Miocene (? according to Witts et all 2011, IPA Proceedings) Warukin Formation in the Barito Basin. Not all coals are this thick . . . today we logged a section that included a 1 m thick coal overlain by a marine transgressive mud with abundant small aragonitic molluscs. The fauna was dominated by protobranch bivalves typical of very fine grained organic-rich marine muds. Sorry, no seagrasses here (yet).
Greetings from the Barito Basin! Aries, Ken and Jon followed Verbeek’s original (1875) geological map overlain onto Google Earth to find the Pengaron locality, from which a great fauna of corals and poorer molluscs was originally described. Just at the right point on the map – a river bank section - we found a thin series (4m) of massive, hard, bioclastic limestones and sands with corals, molluscs, algal balls, a shark tooth and vertebrate material abruptly and concordantly overlying thin-bedded silty mudstones.
After some paperwork and phone calls
coordinating the delivery (thanks to Ken Johnson and Martin Munt), around 11 am
on Friday the container arrived to the Natural History Museum full of our Indonesian
fossils. The images talk by themselves…
Making the best of our strength together
with Ken, Bill, Lil, and Emanuela, the 44 crates were unloaded and stored
outside the conservation unit of the Palaeontology Department.
The crate for the Royal Holloway was sent on
Friday afternoon. Spanish samples will be dispatched soon.
The container load of samples from NTA-2 arrived in Southampton on board this ship on April 2 (thanks to Jeremy Young and Nadia Santodomingo for following its progress). The shipment is currently clearing customs and should be delivered to the NHM by the end of the week.
Thanks to everyone for joining in our Third Network Training Activity from February 28 to March 4, 2011 at the Natural History Museum. The week was very interesting and I think we all benefited from the excellent training on the scratchpad content management systems provided by our friends from the ViBRANT Project.
Our next network meetings will take place at the Natural History Museum in London during the first week of March.
In early November 2010, Vibor Novak joined the throughflow team as an Early Stage Researcher based at NCB Naturalis. Vibor will study the stratigraphy and ecology of larger benthic foraminifera. Our team is now complete and recruitment is closed. Welcome to all of the THROUGHFLOW ESRs.