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retirement as Secretary-General of IGCP last April.
She made a fleeting visit to Edinburgh, Reading, Newcastle and Jurmala in September 99. In Edinburgh she spoke about the Lower Carboniferous tetrapod-bearing assemblage in Queensland. Allen & Unwin have just brought out a paperback called "Wizards of Oz - Recent breakthroughs by Australian scientists" by Peter Spinks and Anne Warren and Sue are in it for the discovery of the Carboniferous tetrapods! Most exciting so long as the powers that be read it and give us more money!!
In Jurmala Sue showed some of the arctic remains from Somerset Island and Timan. In between she delved in museum drawers at BGS and RSM Edinburgh and the Hancock Museum.

Papers of note:
Turner S. 1999. Early Silurian to Early
Devonian thelodont assemblages and their
possible ecological significance. In Boucot,
A.J. and Lawson, J. (eds.).
Palaeocommunities: case studies in
International Geological Correlation
Programme 53, Project Ecostratigraphy,
Final Report. Cambridge University Press,
Cambridge. 42-78.
Turner S. (1999): Non-gnathostome
vertebrates: In R. Singer (ed.),
Encyclopedia of Paleontology. Fitzroy
Dearborn Publishers. 2 volumes; 1700 p.
Turner, S., Kuglitsch, J.J. and Clark, D.L.
1999. Llaandoverian thelodont scales from
the Burnt Bluff Group of Wisconsin and
Michigan. J. Paleont., 73(4):667-676. (SEE

<><<><<><<><<><<><<><<><<> Below a small digression upon which I have pondered long and hard:-

THE IMPORTANCE OF COPROLITE EVENTS S. Turner : Ichthyolith Issues20.
HAS anyone else wondered seriously about how much we owe to the vertebrate digestive system to preserve really important information about the evolution ofour ancestors? With my propensity for finding coprolites (and sometimes not much else) I have often given the matter deep thought. Well, I think we should elevate the humble coprolite to the position it deserves. I suggest here that we should seek out the characteristics of Palaeozoic and other fish coprolite-bearing horizons, which I propose here to designate Coprolite Events (as a belated contribution to IGCP 216 perhaps - with apologies to Otto Walliser).
These phosphatic deposits are event horizons crowded, nay overwhelmed by fossil ordure or coprolites (Reviews see e.g. Häntzschel et al. 1968, Duffin 1979, Thulborn 1991). Palaeozoic horizons where coprolites begin to be noticeable (i.e. fish have got to a reasonable size and perhaps begin schooling)

do not occur until the Early Carboniferous according to Daphne Sumner's (1994) review. She illuminated us on the large numbers of coprolites throughout the West Lothian Oil- Shale Formation, Lower Carboniferous (commonly in the transition zone between the East Kirkton Limestone and the overlying Little Cliff Shale) which is a case in point. She also noted other horizons, in particular, the Pumpherston Shale at South Queensferry near Edinburgh (even I managed to collect some from here - S.T. coll. in Hancock Museum - courtesy of a fine day out with Stan Wood) - all Viséan. She noted other similar Carboniferous horizons (Price 1927, Johnson 1934, Zidek 1980). Johnson's (1934) horizon may be a significant stratigraphic event horizon being found by him in Colorado and by Price (1927) in West Virginia at approximately the same age in black shales of the so-called Weber Formation; the copious coprolites occurring in a zone about 23 m thick. Johnson and Price ascribed their coprolites to "ganoids" but given their spiral nature, chondrichthyans would be a more likely source. Does anyone else have evidence of this Late Carboniferous phosphatic hey day. Were Zangerl & Richardson's (1963) examples from the same time?
BUT significant coprolitic horizons do also occur in much older deposits: the Telychian fish beds of Lesmahagow in Scotland and New Brunswick, Canada, for example. Here presumed coprolitic masses and strings have yielded some of the best-preserved thelodont scales. The source of these coprolites is thought tobe invertebrate, arthropod and possibly eurypterid or phyllocarid. Gilmore (1992) had a deal to say about other spiral coprolites in the Late Llandovery of Scotland; Ritchie (1963) also noted these. Gilmore saw his specimens as originating from thelodonts with a spiral valve, as in chondrichthyans.
At the first IGCP 328 meeting at Parc de Miguasha in 1991, Jim McAllister enthralled us with an account of the coprolites from the Late Devonian (early Frasnian), Escuminac Formation (McAllister 1996). Then there are amazing examples possible in the late Famennian Cleveland Shale (e.g. Williams 1972, Briggs & Crowther1990, McAllister 1985). Waldman (1970) prized open a Cretaceous coprolite to the same good effect finding Lepisosteusscales and other remains in a presumed crocodilian coprolite. He emphasised something I have been trying to maintain since the beginnings of IGCP 328 - that most palaeoecology etc. has been based on macrovertebrate evidence and that microvertebrates have been neglected or ignored, giving what Waldman calls an unbalanced or a "top-heavy" approach.
So vertebrates got into the weighty business much earlier than Sumner's contention implies and equally significantly by Early Silurian times. BUT I know of no really good Ordovician event - can anyone enlighten me?