Lethaia is a quarterly peer-reviewed scientific journal of Earth science, covering research on palaeontology and stratigraphy. Now published by Wiley-Blackwell, it was originally published by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. It is an official publication of the International Palaeontological Association and the International Commission on Stratigraphy.
The 4th International Palaeontological Congress held in Mendoza, at the foothills of the Andes, from September 28th to October 3rd, 2014, constituted the first time this important event took place in America. It was hosted by the Centro Científico Tecnológico CONICET Mendoza and organized by top specialists, both local and international, in leading fields of paleontological research. Its venue, strategically located in downtown Mendoza City, was the Sheraton Mendoza Hotel while several academic and social events were simultaneously being held in the nearby Huentala Boutique Hotel.
The 2014 IPC involved 858 scientific participants, of whom a staggering 260 were students, coming from 46 countries, fact which rendered the conference truly international. A total amount of 894 abstracts, were presented during the congress. Such presentations, both oral and poster, were orchestrated in a varied array of meeting styles including plenary lectures (5), symposia on leading issues (22), interactive workshops (4) and technical sessions (24). This meeting provided participants with the unique opportunity to discuss experiences, explore new research directions and debate topics with specialists from across the globe. Furthermore, attendees could embark on several field trips, pre-, post- and intra-congress, covering not only some of the most relevant palaeontological sites in the country but also including visits to the main tourist attractions all over Argentina. Certainly, participating scientists and students, enjoyed Mendoza, the sun and wine Argentine province, and made the 4th IPC an unforgettable event.