European Caenozoic Contact Group

aims of the ECCG
ECCG is an international contact group on the internet which tries to assemble professional paleontologist as well as advanced amateurs within the European community, to further mutual contacts and cooperation.
Contributors to ECCG try to help each other in study work on Caenozoic fossils and also in field work.
The ECCG website can become a discussion platform between the members; the regional palaeontology of the different European states is illustrated, species lists are presented, new publications announced, etc.
The ECCG tries to harmonize European legislation on palaeontology.
  • Starting point is that paleontology differs fundamentally from archeology in methods, aims and research material.
  • Fossils are no products of human culture and it is inadmissible to consider them as a national heritage; they are scientific study objects, to which the international scientific community should have full access.
  • Paleontology falls consequently outside the scope of the Malta treatise and supervision on the collection of fossils has to come from geological services or natural history museums, but not from archeological services.
  • Palaeontoly is the most important science, which, by the study of the evolution of fauna and flora in the past, can contribute to knowledge of the changes which life on earth has undergone in natural circumstances.
  • It can give insight in the changes in climate and other ecological factors in the past. Especially study of the Caenozoic changes is usefully for interpretation of the present changing climate and its consequences; this knowledge is necessary in the debate about global change and the Kyoto Treatise.
ECCG tries every year to organize a congress in a different European country, with an excursion in the area.
The ECCG can cooperate with other like minded organizations.

Activities in Belgium

ECCG will organize its founding congress in Belgium, with an excursion.
Furthermore, ECCG will …
  • organize boring's for the study of the Belgian Caenozoic;
  • organize excursions to fossil localities;
  • organize digging activities;
  • start a study project for inventory of in first instance the Neogene fauna's from Belgium.

Excluded activities

To cooperate with like-minded organizations, ECCG will organize no activities which could cause overlap and competition
ECCG will have no library of its own, will issue no journal or monographs, because it is an initiative of PPL, a society which has its main activities in these fields.
The organization of commercial as well as exchange activities is excluded, participation on fossil fairs for publicity is possible, as part of PPL.
Because ECCG is no real organized society, but only an internet contact group, it has no members or committee, only participants in its activities.