Rise of Animal LIfe

  Marrakesh, Morocco, 5-10 October 2015



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General Congress Program





Monday, October 5th 2015



10h00-15h30   Welcome of the participants


15h30-16h00   Opening Ceremony:

                        The Minister of Culture

                        The Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Professional Training           

                        The Wali Marrakesh Safi

                        The President Cadi Ayyad University


16h00-17h00 [Plenary 1: Derek E.G. BRIGGS]


                        The remarkable Fezouata biota of Morocco compared to other exceptionally preserved Ordovician fossil assemblages

                        Derek E.G. BRIGGS (Department of the Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, USA)


17h00-18h30 Reception and Stamp Exhibition by Barid Al-Maghrib dedicated to RALI2015

                        and Geological Heritage


Tuesday, October 6th 2015



Session 1 (9h00-10h45) [Plenary 2: Jean Bernard CARON and Arthropods 1]


                        Chair: Diego C. GARCÍA-BELLIDO


09h00-10h00   The Burgess Shale augmented: the Marble Canyon fossil deposit

                        Jean-Bernard CARON (Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada)


10h00-10h15   The Bailiella Formation, a Moroccan counterpart of the mid-Cambrian conocoryphid biofacies

                        J. Javier ÁLVARO (Instituto de Geociencias CSIC – UCM, Spain)

10h15-10h30   Disparity of the arthropod frontal-most appendage

                        Cédric ARIA (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto AND Department of Natural History, Palaeobiology, Royal Ontario Museum, Canada)

10h30-10h45   Anomalocaridid diversity, ecology and evolution

                        Allison C. DALEY (Oxford University Museum of Natural History AND Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK)


10h45-11h15   Posters and Coffee Break


Session 2 : [Arthropods 2]


                        Chair : Derek BRIGGS


11h15-11h30   Cambrian and Ordovician trends in trilobite ecdysis

                        Harriet B. DRAGE (Department of Zoology, University of Oxford AND Oxford University Museum of Natural History, UK)

11h30-11h45   A timetree for the early diversification of trilobites and implications for the Cambrian ‘Explosion’

                        Gregory D. EDGECOMBE (Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, UK)

11h45-12h00   Reappraisal on the Ordovician trilobites from the Bou Nemrou assemblage (Tafilalt Biota, Morocco)

                        Juan Carlos GUTIÉRREZ-MARCO (Instituto de Geociencias CSIC – UCM, Spain)

12h00-12h15   Trilobite assemblages of the Landeyran Formation (Floian), Montagne Noire, France: biostratigraphy and palaeoenvironmental implications

                        Jean-Paul KUNDURA (France)

12h15-12h30   Unlocking central nervous systems of Cambrian Chengjiang panarthropods and their preservation pathways

                        Xiaoya MA (Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London AND Yunnan Key Laboratory for Palaeobiology, Yunnan University, China)

12h30-12h45   The Fezouata arthropod fauna: an overview of current research

                        Peter VAN ROY (Department of Geology and Geophysics, Yale University, USA)

12h45-13h00   Reconstructing the diet of Cambrian arthropods

                        Jean VANNIER (Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon, France)


13h00-14h30   Posters and Lunch


Session 3A (14h30-16h15) [plenary:  David A.T. Harper and Ordovician 1]


                        Chair : Abderrazak EL ALBANI


14h30-15h30   Unravelling the causes and consequences of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

                        David A.T. HARPER (Palaeoecosystems Group, Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University, UK)


15h30-15h45   The significance of sponges in the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event (GOBE)

                        Joseph P. BOTTING (Chatsworth, UK AND Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, China)

15h45-16h00   Upper Ordovician of the Tafilalt region (eastern Anti-Atlas, Morocco): brachiopod associations, bioevents and sequence-stratigraphy.

                        Jorge COLMENAR (Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Ciencias de la Tierra, Área de paleontología, Spain)

16h00-16h15   Burgess Shale-type preservation beyond the Cambrian: an example from the Middle Ordovician Llanfallteg Biota, South Wales

                        Thomas W. HEARING (Geology Department, University of Leicester, UK)


Session 3B (15h30-16h15) [Geological Heritage 1]


                        Chair : Hasnaa CHENNAOUI


15h30-16h00   The geological wealth of the Western High Atlas (Morocco)

                        Moussa MASROUR (Université Ibn Zohr, Laboratoire de Géologie Appliquée et Géo-Environnement, Morocco)

16h00-16h15   Ordovician geological heritage of Spain and Portugal

                        Artur SA (Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro Portugal)


16h15-16h45   Posters and Coffee Break


Session 4A (16h45-18h30) [Ordovician 2]


                                   Chair : David HARPER


16h45-17h00   The eocrinoid Ascocystites Barrande (Echinodermata, Blastozoa) in the Upper Ordovician of Kerzaz (Ougarta, western Algeria)

                        Yamouna MAKHLOUF (Laboratoire Géodynamique des Bassins Sédimentaires et des Orogènes, Université des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Algeria)

17h00-17h15   Red beds at the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary in Morocco and related NW-Gondwana domains: geodynamic inferences

                         H. OUANAIMI (EGE, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco)

17h15-17h45   Exceptional fossil preservation during global greenhouse crises?

                        Gregory J. RETALLACK (Department of Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, USA)

17h45-18h00   Development of the morphological diversity of attachment structures of the stalked echinoderms during the Early and Middle Ordovician of the eastern part of the Baltica basin

                        Sergey ROZHNOV (Borissiak Paleontological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)

18h-18h15       Lagerstätte-type preservation of fossils in siliceous deep water deposits in the Upper Cambrian and Lower Ordovician of Kazakhstan

                        Tatiana TOLMACHEVA (A.P. Karpinsky Russian Research Geological Institute, Russia)


Session 4B : [Geological Heritage 2]


                        Chair : Moussa MASROUR

16h45-17h00   From the inventory and assessment of sites to interpretation for tourists: current work in the M’Goun Global Geopark, central High Atlas, Morocco.

                        Hanane ADARAB (Geology department, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco)

17h00-17h15   The inventory of geoheritage sites in Draa Valley (Morocco): Contribution to tourism valorization and regional development.

                        Mohamed BERAAOUZ (Laboratoire de géologie appliquée et géo-environnement, Université Ibn Zohr, Morocco)

17h15-17h30   Paleontological heritage of Zagora region (southeastern Morocco): a tool for local sustainable development

                        Abdelouahed LAGNAOUI (Department of Geology, Chouaïb Doukkali University, Morocco AND Institute of Geology and Petroleum Technologies, Russian Federation)

17h30-17h45   Identification and classification of geomorphological geosites in the western Anti-Atlas of Morocco. An approach based on similarities and SIG for promoting geological heritage

                        Lhassan M’BARKI (Géo-environment and Geoheritage Group, Ibn Zohr University, Morocco)

17h45-18h00   Geo-tourism in the Arctic – challenges in a vulnerable environment.

                        H.A. NAKREM (Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, Norway)

Gala Dinner

Wednesday, October 7th 2015


Session 5A (9h00-10h55)  [Plenary 4: Ahmed BENLAKHDIM and Geological Heritage 3]


                        Chair 1: Mohamed BOUTAKIOUT


09h00-10h00   Geological heritage of Morocco between its promotion and preservation

                        Ahmed BENLAKHDIM (Ministry of Energy and Mining Water and Environment, Morocco)


                        Chair 2: Ahmed BENLAKHDIM


10h00-10h25   Le géoparc M’Goun dans le Haut-Atlas central du Maroc

                        Mohamed BOUTAKIOUT (Université Mohammed V, Faculté des Sciences, Morocco)

10h25-10h55   Vertebrate fossils of the phosphates of Morocco, a memory of 24 million years, valorization and preservation by the OCP

                        Essaïd JOURANI (OCP SA, Morocco)


Session 5B  [Cambrian 1]


                        Chair : Jean Bernard CARON


10h00-10h15   Sedimentary environments of the Upper Cambrian facies in the Central Anti-Atlas (Morocco): preliminary results

                        Abdelfattah AZIZI (Faculté des Sciences et Techniques, Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco)

10h15-10h30   The Cambrian Radiation in East Gondwana: New data, new dates, new fossils

                        Glenn A. BROCK (Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Australia)

10h30-10h45   Contrasting ichnodiversity and ichnodisparity trajectories for bioturbation and bioerosion structures during the Cambrian and Ordovician radiations

                        Luis A. BUATOIS (Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)


10h45-11h15   Posters and Coffee Break


Session 6A : [Cambrian 2]


                        Chair : Jean Bernard CARON


11h15-11h30              An insight into the Cambro-Ordovician perireefal communities

                        Jerzy DZIK (Instytut Paleobiologii PAN,  AND  Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Poland)

11h30-11h45   Census of exceptionally preserved fossil in Cambrian of the Barrandian area (Czech Republic)

                        Oldřich FATKA (Charles University, Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Czech Republic)

11h45-12h00   The Emu Bay Shale biota: palaeobiogeographical relationships with other Cambrian Lagerstätten

                        Diego C. GARCÍA-BELLIDO (School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, AND Earth Sciences Section, South Australian Museum, Australia)

12h00-12h15   Ichnology of Burgess Shale-type deposits: The interplay of ecologic, taphonomic and evolutionary constrains

                        M. Gabriela MÁNGANO (Department of Geological Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, Canada)

12h15-12h30   Cambrian stem group polychaetes resolve the origin of the annelid head and recover congruence between morphological and molecular phylogenies

                        Luke PARRY (Bristol Life Sciences Building, University of Bristol, UK)

12h30-12h45   The Emu Bay Shale Konservat-Lagerstätte: A view of Cambrian life ‘Down Under’

                        John R. PATERSON (Division of Earth Sciences, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia)

12h45-13h00   Exceptionally preserved Cambrian Pterobranchia from Siberian Platform (Olenek River)

                        Nikolay V. SENNIKOV (Institute Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Russia)


Session 6B : [Geological Heritage 4]


                        Chair : Mohamed GHAMIZI


11h15-11h45   Some aspects of the archaeological heritage of Eastern Morocco

                        Hassan AOURAGHE (Université Mohamed premier, Faculté des Sciences, Morocco)

11h45-12h15   Meteorites from Morocco: A geoheritage to preserve and to promote

                        Hasnaa CHENNAOUI AOUDJEHANE (GAIA Laboratory, Faculty of Sciences Ain Chock, Hassan II University, Morocco)

12h15-12h45   Fossils, patrimony and knowledge: the need to protect Moroccan geoheritage. The case of the “Kem Kem beds” fossils

                        Nour-Eddine JALIL (Sorbonne Universités, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, France AND Université Cadi Ayyad, Faculté des Sciences Semlalia, Morocco)

12h45-1300     The Fezouata Shale: a Model for Promoting Moroccan Geological Heritage. Challenges and issues

                        Khadija EL HARIRI (Faculté des Sciences et Techniques-Guéliz, Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco)


13h00-14h30   Posters and Lunch


Session 7A (14h30-16h15) [Plenary 5 EL ALBANI and Precambrian]    


                        Chair : Abderrahmane SOULAIMANI


14h30-15h30   Fossils from Gabon show early steps toward multicellularity and the oldest biodiversity 2.1 billion years ago: A new chapter of Life history

                        Abderrazak EL ALBANI (Université de Poitiers, France)

15h30-15h45   The Precambrian-Cambrian boundary in the Western Anti-Atlas (Morocco): new insight from detrital zircon ages of the Ediacaran sedimentary rocks of the Bas Drâa inlier

                        Brahim KARAOUI (Geology Department, Moulay Ismail University, Morocco AND Geological Institute, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany)

15h45-16h00   Multidisciplinary studies of Neoproterozoic sedimentary basin in South-western Ukraine (Ediacaran period - 553 Ma)

                        Y.SOLDATENKO (Department of geological prospection, National Mining University of Ukraine, Ukraine AND  IC2MP, University of Poitiers, France)

16h00-16h15   From Snowball Earth to Greenhouse conditions and the Cambrian Bioradiation: Did the multiple pulses of the Central Iapetus Magmatic Province trigger and drive these phenomena?

                        Nasrrddine YOUBI (Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences-Semlalia, Cadi Ayyad University, Morocco AND Instituto Dom Luiz (LA), Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal)


Session 7B : [Geological Heritage 5]


                        Chair : Noureddine JALIL

15h30-16h00   Moroccan Rock Art sites, a mirror of landscape and pal-ethnology of the ancient Northern Africa

                        Abelkhalek LEMJIDI (Institut national des sciences de l’archéologie et du patrimoine, Rabat AND Centre national du patrimoine rupestre, Agadir, Morocco)

16h00-16h15   The Fezouata Biota Database

                        Khaoula KOURAÏSS (Département des Sciences de la Terre, Faculté des Sciences et Techniques-Guéliz, Université Cadi Ayyad, Morocco)


16h15-16h45   Posters and Coffee Break


Session 8A : (16h45-18h30) [Geological Heritage 6]


16h45-17h15   Synthesis Symposium Promoting  Geological  heritage.

                        All Chairs Geological Heritage


17h15-18h30   Meeting APPGM

                        Chair :  Abdeljalil EL HASSANI SBAI


Session 8B : [Fezouata]


                        Chair : Peter VAN ROY

16h45-17h00   Size matters! Ontogeny of a new palaeoscolecid worm from the Fezouata Konservat Lagerstätte (Lower Ordovician, Morocco) and its bearing on the systematics of the group

                         Emmanuel L.O. Martin (Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, Université Lyon 1, Lyon, France.)

17h00-17h15   Lower Ordovician graptolite biostratigraphy of the Fezouata Formation, Moroccan Anti-Atlas

                        Juan Carlos GUTIÉRREZ-MARCO (Instituto de Geociencias CSIC-UCM), Spain)

17h15-17h30   Palaeoecological aspects of the diversification of echinoderms in the Lower Ordovician of central Anti-Atlas, Morocco

                        Bertrand LEFEBVRE (UMR CNRS 5276 LGLTPE, Université Lyon 1, France)

17h30-17h45   Palynomorphs of the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Formation of Morocco

                        Hendrik NOWAK (CNRS-UMR 8198 Evo-Eco-Paleo, Université Lille1, France)

17h45-18h00   Towards new findings of Lagerstätten in the Fezouata Shales (Morocco)? A sedimentological perspective

                        Bernard PITTET (Université Lyon 1, Observatoire de Lyon, UMR CNRS 5276 LGL-TPE, France)

18h00-18h15   Palaeoenvironmental conditions and the record of the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event in the Anti-Atlas of Morocco

                        Romain VAUCHER (UMR CNRS 5276 LGLTPE, Observatoire de Lyon - Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France)

18h15-18h30   A halkieriid-like aculiferan mollusc from the Early Ordovician Fezouata biota, Anti Atlas Region, Morocco

                        Jakob VINTHER (Schools of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building, UK)


18h30-19h30   Closing Ceremony





  1. Small shelly faunas from the Lower Cambrian (Anti-Atlas, Morocco)

Mohammed BENSSAOU, Abdelhkim EZAIDI, M. Belkacem KABBACHI, Nezha ELKAMALI


  1. Microbialitic diversity in the Lower Cambrian of the Anti-Atlas, Morocco. Géo-environment and Geoheritage .



  1. The Devonian palaeontological heritage from Tafilalt: a tool for sustainable development



  1. The Rock Art of the Yagour (Moroccan High Atlas) : State of the Art, Conservation and Valorisation

Abdelhadi EWAGUE, Mohssine EL GRAOUI, El Hassane BOUMAGGARD


  1. The fish-like skeletal fragments from the Upper Ordovician of Tarim Basin

Zhikun GAI, Shitao WANG, Xianpu GUO


  1. First benthic graptolite and a possible? hydroid from the Bou Nemrou assemblage (Tafilalt Biota), Upper Ordovician of Morocco.



  1. Ramified structures in the Upper Ordovician of Ougarta (SW Algeria); animal or sedimentary structures?



  1. An unusual, high-diversity assemblage in the A. murrayi Zone (Late Tremadocian, Early Ordovician) of the Zagora area (Central Anti-Atlas, Morocco)

Khaoula KOURAISS, Emmanuel MARTIN, Bertrand LEFEBVRE, Muriel VIDAL, Juan Carlos GUTIERREZ-MARCO, Khadija EL HARIRI, Ahmid HAFID, Ali BACHNOU, Abdelfattah AZIZI


  1. The ontogeny in Ellipsocephalidae (Trilobita)



  1. New insights on the Precambrian-Cambrian Boundary of Morocco.

Nezha LAZREQ, Nasrrddine YOUBI, Moulay Ahmed BOUMEHDI


  1. An acercostracan marrellomorph from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Biota, Anti-Atlas region, Morocco

David A. Legg


  1. Protection of geological sites in an urban area of Norway :results and future issues



  1. Cambrian gogiid eocrinoids from the Barrandian area (Czech Republic)

Martina NOHEJLOVÁ, Oldřich FATKA


  1. A new skeletal-dominated reef association of stromatoporoids and bryozoans from the Middle Ordovician of Korea

Jae-Ryong OH, Jusun WOO, Tae-Yoon S. PARK, Suk-Joo CHOH, Dong-Jin LEE


  1. A new aglaspidid euarthropod with a six-segmented trunk from the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Konservat-Lagerstätte, Morocco.



  1. Unusual eocrinoid (?) stem and columnals from the Late Cambrian of Northern Iran



  1. New echinoderm fauna from the Upper Cambrian Davis Formation (Furongian) of Southeastern Missouri, Central USA



  1. Early Tremadocian phosphatized fossils from the Öland Island (Sweden).



  1. Asterozoan pedicellariae and ossicles revealed from the Middle Ordovician of Baltica

Oive TINN, Leho Ainsaar


  1. A euarthropodof uncertain affinity from the Early Ordovician Fezouata Biota, Morocco. 



  1. A specialised predatory anomalocaridid from the Early Ordovician Fezouata biota, Morocco

Peter Van Roy, Allison C. Daley, Derek E.G. Briggs


Thursday, 0ctober 8th to Saturday, October 10th 2015



Post-conference field-trip


Thursday,      08/10/2015 at  8h00  am   :      Departure from the Mansour Eddahbi Congress Center


Saturday,       10/10/2015 at 18h00 pm  :       Arrival at Marrakesh.