Fossil Friday Roundup: April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!


3D Reconstruction of the fish Rhacolepis. From Maldanis et al (2016) DOI:
3D Reconstruction of the fish Rhacolepis. From Maldanis et al (2016) DOI:
  • Heart fossilization is possible and informs the evolution of cardiac outflow tract in vertebrates. Open Access in eLife.
  • Vertebral development in Paleozoic and Mesozoic tetrapods revealed by paleohistological data. Open Access in PLOS ONE.
  • A Centrosaurine (Dinosauria: Ceratopsia) from the Aguja Formation (Late Campanian) of Northern Coahuila, Mexico. Open Access in PLOS ONE.
  • Anatomy and osteohistology of the basal hadrosaurid dinosaur Eotrachodon from the uppermost Santonian (Cretaceous) of southern Appalachia. Open Access in PeerJ.
  • Yelmochelys rosarioae gen. et sp. nov., a stem kinosternid (Testudines; Kinosternidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Coahuila, Mexico. Open Access in PaleoBios.



  • Does eliminating grant deadlines at NSF give you a better chance of being funded? Perhaps, according to this article over at Science.
  • 13-million-year-old ‘storyteller’ crocodylian fossils show evidence for parallel evolution (featured image) (link)
  • Baby titanosaurs were able to fend for themselves from birth, by Patrick Monahan for Science
  • Were dinosaurs really thriving before that huge asteroid wiped them out? (link)
  • Making tracks through the Dinosaur Diamond, by Martin Lockley for Earth Magazine.
  • A 26 million year old whale song, by Jon Tennant for Discover Magazine. (shameless..)


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Featured Image: Gryposuchus pachakamue mandible in the field. Photo Credit: D. De Francesci; CCAL. Read the paper out in PLOS ONE

Published by Sarah Z. Gibson

Dr. Sarah Z. Gibson is a paleontologist and science communicator based in Minnesota. Her research focuses on the evolutionary history of ray-finned fishes from the Early Mesozoic.

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