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  1. UK Systematics Association (UKSystAss): The role of morphology in modern systematics.

Convener: Mark Wilkinson (


Abstracts as pdf


Systematics was founded on the study of the phenotype and made much progress before the advent of the macromolecular revolution. Now that molecular data plays such a massive role in modern systematics, what place is there for morphology?  Of course morphology is uncontroversially needed in palaeontology but what about in neontology?  Is morphology now simply to be mapped on molecular phylogenies or does it offer more? What obstacles remain in the development of morphological systematics and how can we get the best out of morphology?  These are some of the questions that will be addressed in the symposium.



All slots for this symposium have been filled and abstract submission for oral presentations for this symposium is now closed.


Friday, August 18th. Morning session.



Invited talks:

08.30 – 08.45
Mark Wilkinson1:

Do we need morphology?  Introduction to the Symposium

1 Department of Life Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD.



08.45 – 09.15

Seraina Klopfstein1:

Using fossils to date molecular trees

1Naturhistorisches museum der burgergemeinde bern, Switzerland.



09.15 – 09.30

Peter Wagner1:

Integrating disparity, compatibility, stratigraphy and likelihood to deal with big bangs in extinct taxa.

1National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA


09.30 – 09.45

Robert Asher1:

Truth & Bias in Paleosystematics

1Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge



09.45 – 10.00

Robert Sansom1:

Phylogenetic impact of the morphological losses intrinsic to fossilization.

1University of Manchester, United Kingdom.



10.00 – 10.30




10.30 – 10.45

Norman MacLeod1,2,3:

Morphometric approaches to the delineation & analysis of taxonomic and phylogenetic characters

1The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK; 2Department

of Earth Science, University College, London, UK; 3Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology,

Chinese Academy of Sciences.



10.45 – 11.00

Martin D. Brazeau1, Thomas Guillerme2, and Martin R. Smith3:

Phylogenetic analysis of morphological data with inapplicable character states.

1Department of Life Sciences, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London; 2Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, London;Department of Life Sciences, Silwood Park Campus, Imperial College London; 3Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University



11.00 – 11.15

Joe O'Reilly1, Mark Puttick1, Davide Pisani1 and Philip Donoghue1:

Using evolutionary models to assess the accuracy of phylogenies estimated with Bayesian, Maximum-Likelihood, and Parsimony methods.

1 University of Bristol, School of Earth Sciences, Bristol, UK



11.15 – 11.30

Sabine Stöhr1 & Ben Thuy2:

Revival of morphology for phylogenetic inference: the Ophiuroidea.

1Swedish Museum of Natural History, Dept. of Zoology, Stockholm, Sweden; 2Section Paléontologie, Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle du Luxembourg, Luxembourg.



11.30 – 12.00


Lars Vogt1:

Morphology goes digital: How semantic techniques are about to revolutionize morphology

1University of Bonn.





Alexander Ordynets1, David Scherf1, Felix Pansegrau1, Jonathan Denecke1, Karl-Henrik Larsson2, Ewald Langer1:

Morphology complements molecular data for the delimitation of species in peculiar fungal genus (Subulicystidium, Agaricomycetes, Basidiomycota).

1 Department of Ecology, FB 10 Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Kassel, Heinrich-Plett-Str. 40, 34132 Kassel, Germany.; 2 Natural History Museum, University of Oslo, P.O. Box 1172 Blindern, 0318 Oslo, Norway.



Beatriz Neves¹ and Andrea Costa²:

Integrating morphological, molecular and environmental data to delimit Vriesea incurvata complex species (Bromeliaceae): new evidences from geometric morphometrics.

¹Postgraduation Program in Biological Science (Botany), National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (; ²Departament of Botany, National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.



Jean-Luc Gattolliat, Michael T. Monaghan, Michel Sartori, Laurent Vuataz:

From molecular putative to valid morphological species: the case of some aquatic insects from Madagascar.


Thomas Bartolomaeus1 & Ekin Tilic1:

Segment-wise coding in annelids enhances resolution of morphology based phylogenies – a case study from Arenicolidae and Maldanidae (Annelida).

¹Institute of Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, University of Bonn, An der Immenburg 1, 53121 Bonn







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