Organisers: Chien-Hsiang Lin1, Jih-Pai Lin2, Allan Gil S. Fernando3, Tze Tshen Lim4, László Kocsis 5
1Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan
2Department of Geosciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
3National Institute of Geological Sciences, University of the Philippines,Philippines
4Department of Geology, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
5Institute of Earth Surface Dynamics, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
The present biodiversity hotspot of the West Pacific region, including subtropical Taiwan-southern Japan, tropical Southeast Asia, and Australia, originated during the early Miocene through a complex geological history related to tectonic movements. The fossil record provides essential evidence of how various communities responded to these geological and environmental events that led to this biodiversity hotspot formation. The session is dedicated to presenting the rich and diverse fossils in the West Pacific. We aim to provide an international platform for discussion between paleontologists examining the factors that have driven the distribution of faunas in the region. We encourage all contributions to systematic paleontology, paleoecology, geochemistry, evolutionary biology, paleoichnology, and taphonomy. Methodological insights, including new techniques and models, are also welcome.