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IGCP 596, Mid-Paleozoic Conodonts & Corals and the Mongolian Research Team in Europe
A new subproject of IGCP 596 (Climate change and biodiversity patterns in the Mid-Paleozoic) started in 2015. The Goal of the project is to increase the record of rugose coral biodiversity and to provide a high-resolution biostratigraphy especially of Devonian fossil-rich deposits in western Mongolia. A big step was achieved with the Conodont Workshop held in Graz, Austria (25.09-01.10.2015) exclusively for teaching conodont extraction techniques to colleagues from the Paleontological Center of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences (MAS) and the School of Geology and Petroleum Engineering of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology (MUST). With the knowledge provided during the workshop, in both microfossil laboratories at the MAS and at the MUST units for conodont extraction were established.