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Meetings News

The first overall group meeting of the Deep Scaly project participants occurred June 7 - 20, 2004 at The Field Museum in Chicago. Accomplishments during this meeting included: division of labor for molecular and morphological teams, transportation and transfer of fossil material for CT-scanning, review and revision of all previously published morphological character lists for squamate phylogenetics and completion of tentative new character list for morphological work, meeting with participants of Early Bird AToL group, selection of Field Museum herpetologicalspecimens for CT-scanning, and much more.

From the 2nd to the 4th of December, 2004, Jack Sites was invited to serve as an external reviewer for the AmphibiaTree group's meeting at the University of Texas at Austin.

Four Deep Scaly investigators attended an NSF meeting November 19-22, 2004 in Washington, DC, which brought together investigators from all AToL projects. A summary of each AToL project (talk and poster) was presented. Matters relating to data analysis, management, and informatics were discussed, and the meeting provided an opportunity to establish productive linkages across AToL projects and between participants. Coordination, education, and outreach strategies were also discussed.

From June 20 – July 1, 2005, Deep Scaly morphological investigators met at The Field Museum in Chicago and worked on character coding and scoring. New CT data were distributed and analyzed as well.

The Deep Scaly morphological investigators met at The Field Museum in Chicago from August 18 - September 2, 2006 to continue data collection and analysis.