To celebrate the first birthday of JAMS, yesterday we had five excellent talks from interstate or international speakers. Thanks to Tim Stinnear, I now know what the bizarre link between Point Lonsdale (Victoria) and Western Africa is (hints- Mycobacterium ulcerans, mosquitos and ringtail possums). Afterwards we had dinner and copious volumes of wine in the dinosaur room of the museum. It was slightly disconcerting to have a video loop showing dinosaurs devouring each other in Triassic era, while we were eating slowly braised beef cheek.
Nevertheless, we had 79 people at the dinner, which would seem to be an encouraging sign for the future health of JAMS.
|Dinosaur video- moments before one of these guys had an unfortunate meeting with a larger relative|