9th Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water (SECAD) Virtual Meeting, April 19-23, 2021


Tetrapods that have returned to aquatic environments have developed a number of morphological and behavioral changes during the early colonization of this environment and thereafter in the maintenance and diversification of aquatic habitats.
In the past decades, an increase in integrative studies of paleobiology and comparative anatomy, combined with sedimentological, taphonomic and paleoecological data, have allowed important insights through comparison of lifestyles and morphology in different groups. This is very interesting considering that several tetrapod groups have undergone similar evolutionary histories upon returning to the aquatic environment and in their subsequent diversification. On the other hand, fruitful work has been conducted seeking the comprehension of how global or regional oceanic events have influenced coetaneous fauna alike throughout geologic time.
Since 1996 the meetings on the Secondary Adaptation of Tetrapods to Life in Water, also known as SECAD, have been a refreshing, relaxed and productive space to share all these experiences, comparing different methodological approaches and particularities of the different aquatic tetrapods in a desirable exchange of integrative information. Because of the specific themes and not so grandiose format (under 200 participants), these meetings have a great potential to be a platform to establish an exchange of ideas and possibilities for new collaborations.
Next year (2021) we will have the pleasure to host the first SECAD meeting in South America! The 9th SECAD will be held in Chile. We are very proud of this opportunity and will be eager to share our own results from this edge of the Pacific!
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SECAD 2021

Important dates

April 19-23, 2021

Early registration: until February 15, 2021

Abstract submission: February 15, 2021


 

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Coordinator: Evangelos Vlachos, CONICET and Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio, Argentina

Anatomical Networks and their application…

During recent years, an international group of scientists led mainly by B. Esteve-Altava has put forward an innovative technique: the Anatomical Network Analysis (AnNA).



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Coordinators: Judith Pardo Pérez, Erin Maxwell

Palaeopathologies of secondarily marine tetrapods

Paleopathologies document skeletal damage and diseases in fossils and can be used to infer the causes of a traumatic injury so as to interpret aspects related to biology, ecology and behavior of populations.



Coordinators: Mónica R. Buono, Carolina S. Gutstein

The Contribution of the Southern Hemisphere Record…

The southern hemispherep held one of the most rich fossil record of marine mammals worldwide, with a broad impact in the knowledge of evolutionary history of many groups (e.g. cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenids).



Organizers: Dr Carolina Loch, University of Otago, New Zealand

Eating down under: feeding as a driver for…

The southern hemispherep held one of the most rich fossil record of marine mammals worldwide, with a broad impact in the knowledge of evolutionary history of many groups (e.g. cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenids).



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Marta S.

Fernández

Ichthyosaurs: tetrapods in a fish suit


Nicholas

Pyenson

Evolution of Marine Tetrapods along Western Gondwana: a focus on the cone of South America


Lisa N.

Cooper

Bone Biology in Secondarily Aquatic Tetrapods


Daniel T.

Ksepka

Above and Below the Waves: Marine Diving and Soaring Birds in the Cenozoic


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