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Pentland Hills, Lanarkshire and Forfarshire, Scotland. Localities included Lyne Water (possibly Llandovery), (Pentland Hills), Slot Burn and Birkenhead Burn (possibly Ludlow) and Shiel Burn, Hagshaw Hills and the Early Devonian exposures of the Tillywhanland quarries of Forfarshire. Specimens were collected for future study and comparison with those from localities elsewhere and included vertebrates: Ateleaspis tessellata, Birkenia elegans, Lasanius problematicus, Lanarkia scotica, Mesacanthussp., Ischnacanthussp., invertebrates and plants: crinoid, Pisocrinus companus, arthropods: Ceratiocaris, brachiopods, Parka, Xosterophyllum, burrows, etc.
Several Workshop meetings took place during this time and involved participation from about 14 people from 5 countries including Canada, England, Sweden, Scotland, Estonia. Discussions involved the significance of assemblages of taxa, stratigraphic age of certain taxa, environments of deposition, comparison of fossils, sediments and stratigraphy of Palaeozoic localities in Scotland and in localities within the Arctic regions.

V.T. (Sally) Young
U.K. national correspondent

IGCP 406: ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA September 23-26 1997
Palaeozoic Strata and Fossils of the Eurasian Arctic.

IVANOV,A., M.H.V.WILSON, A.ZHURAVLEV (editors) 1997. (Symposium volume of extended abstracts). Palaeozoic Strata and Fossils of the Eurasian Arctic. Special Publication 3 of Ichthyolith IssuesISSN 1302- 1314. Published by Geological Faculty of St. Petersburg State University. Presentations involved Arctic regions of Russia and Europe, and included strata from the whole Palaeozoic.
The meeting was attended by over 35 participants from 11 countries including Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, U.K., Sweden, Australia, Ireland, Poland, France, The Netherlands.
Presentations included 24 papers and at least 10 posters involving Arctic regions of Canada and Russia. (A further 10 authors not attending the meeting contributed to presentations given at the meeting).

A workshop and a business meeting of IGCP 406 took place on Friday 26th September. Participants included:
T. Märss, P. Mannik (Estonia), J. Vergoossen (Netherlands), S. Turner (Australia), D. Goujet (France), G. Miller, S. Young (England), V. Talimaa (Lithuania), E. Luksevics (Latvia), V. Menner, A. Ivanov (Russia), U. Borgen (Norway), M. Ginter (Poland).

Discussions involved the main results so far of field work, collecting, processing, identifying and correlating material including vertebrates, conodonts and ostracod material from Arctic regions of Canada and Russia, and analyses of the geological history of palaeo-basins.
Tiiu Märss then asked to relinquish her position as co-leader of project IGCP 406 to another participant. Dr Peep Mannik of The Institute of Geology, Estonia, was proposed and elected as co-leader of project IGCP 406 which he accepted from September 1997. [TM was reinstated as a co-leader 3 following the meeting - ed.]. Brief reports were given by national representatives including T. Märss (Estonia), D. Goujet (France), S. Turner (Australia), M. Ginter (Poland), U. Borgen (Sweden), E. Luksevics (Latvia), V. Talimaa (Lithuania), S. Young (England).
The decision of the Naturhistoriska Rijsmuseet in Stockholm to sack Ulf Borgen, the curator of Palaeozoic fossil fishes as of end April 1998 and to place an embargo on any use of the famous Palaeozoic fish collections except by visitors to the institution was discussed and abhorred. A letter was sent to the Director on behalf of the participants by Dr Märss.

We recorded our especial thanks to Dr Alexander Ivanov and the team at the University of St Petersburg for the organisation and hospitality of the meeting which was enjoyed by all (including the very wet but fascinating historical tour of the City).
V.T. (Sally) Young (U.K.) and Sue Turner (Australia)

(NATO Outreach Grant Outr.Lg 961235)

Participants: Per Erik Ahlberg, Alexander Ivanov, Ervins Luksevics, Elga Mark-Kurik

As noted above, this project, funded by NATO, re-evaluates and compares the Middle and Late Devonian vertebrate faunas of Britain (chiefly Scotland) and the Main Devonian Field (Latvia, Estonia and western Russia). Particular attention is being paid to species-level identification of taxa in the two areas, and the biostratigraphic conclusions which can be drawn. Middle Devonian arthrodires and psammosteids are being studied by Mark- Kurik, Late Devonian arthrodires and psammosteids by Ivanov, antiarchs by Luksevics and sarcopterygians (including tetrapods) by Ahlberg. During July 1997, Ivanov, Luksevics and Mark-Kurik spent three weeks in Britain, studying collections at the Natural History Museum in London and National Museums of Scotland in Edinburgh, as well as visiting the classic Scottish localities of Tillywhandland (Lochkovian), Tynet Burn and Edderton Burn (borderline Eifelian/ Givetian) and Scat Craig (Upper Frasnian). We extend our grateful thanks to Bob Davidson and Nigel Trewin for organising the fieldtrip.