The Quaternary Vertebrate Research Group (QUAVER for short) is a Quaternary Research Association Research Group hosted in the School of Biological & Earth Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University.
Membership of this group is open to anyone researching Quaternary vertebrates including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians. It is intended to be a group where archaeologists, palaeontologists and anthropologists can get together to discuss research in any aspect of Quaternary vertebrates, from excavations to evolution.
As a group we aim to:
Bring the UK fossil vertebrate research community closer together
Facilitate networking and encourage collaboration
Highlight the importance of mammal studies in academic research
Encourage the involvement of a new generation of researchers
Following a meeting of the Quaternary Research Association (QRA) Executive Committee in the Isle of Man, the QRA accepted a proposal to set up a new Quaternary Vertebrate Research Group (QUAVER for short). The purpose of this group is to improve communication between Quaternary vertebrate researchers through regular meetings, a website and a web-based mailing list.
Meetings have taken place in Liverpool (2005), Oxford (2006) and London (2007). Reports of these meetings were published in Quaternary Newsletter.
The fourth QUAVER Meeting is taking place in York at King's Manor on 18nd April 2008 (scientific meeting) and 19th April (Quaternary collections workshop).
We are attempting to put together a database of sites and where the collections are housed, which should prove invaluable in saving time and effort when trying to track missing specimens. The database has been created and can be archived at the Archaeology Data Service in York in the long-term. However we need information of where collections are held, so if you have any knowledge of what is where, then please let Hannah O'Regan at LJMU know, and she can enter them into the database. It will be distributed to people at the QUAVER meetings, so the more information that is contributed, the more useful it will become!
We are especially keen to encourage postgraduates to get involved. Once the group is established we intend to integrate with EUROMAM (the European Quaternary Mammal Research Association) and the new INQUA Commission on Palaeoecology and Human Evolution.