- Fossil clitellate annelid cocoons and their microbiological inclusions from the Eocene of Seymour Island, Antarctica. Open Access at Palaeontologia Electronica.
- The oldest species of the relic extant genus Mesochria from Eocene Fushun amber of China (Diptera: Anisopodidae: Mycetobiinae (Lead Image above). Open Access at Palaeontolgia Electronica.
- Neandertal versus modern human dietary responses to climatic fluctuations. Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- Pleistocene Hominins as a Resource for Carnivores: A c. 500,000-Year-Old Human Femur Bearing Tooth-Marks in North Africa (Thomas Quarry I, Morocco). Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- A New Basal Salamandroid (Amphibia, Urodela) from the Late Jurassic of Qinglong, Hebei Province, China. Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- If Dung Beetles (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) Arose in Association with Dinosaurs, Did They Also Suffer a Mass Co-Extinction at the K-Pg Boundary? Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- Combined Use of Electron and Light Microscopy Techniques Reveals False Secondary Shell Units in Megaloolithidae Eggshells. Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- Lions as Bone Accumulators? Paleontological and Ecological Implications of a Modern Bone Assemblage from Olduvai Gorge. Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- Paleohistology of Susisuchus anatoceps (Crocodylomorpha, Neosuchia): Comments on Growth Strategies and Lifestyle. Open Access at PLOS ONE.
- University of Cincinnati Student Spotlight: Making Geology Education More Inclusive
- Researchers find that Earth may be home to 1 trillion species (link)
Six new fossil species form ‘snapshot’ of Asian primates stressed by ancient climate change (link)
Paleontology collection reopens at Indiana University (link)
Events and Society News:
- The Early Bird Registration Deadline for the European Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists meeting (taking place July 6–10, 2016 in the Netherlands) has been extended to June 1, 2016! More details here: http://www.eavp.oscartrapman.nl
Around the Blogosphere:
- Just in case you are in that awkward situation where you can’t tell a Camarasaurus neck vertebra from that of an Apatosaurus, Matt Wedel can help out with this tutorial.
- “Scentless in Nevada” — University of California Berkeley undergrad Hiep Nguyen discusses their project with fossil bugs.
- Joyce Havstad reviews David Sepkoski’s 2012 book, Rereading the Fossil Record: The Growth of Paleobiology as an Evolutionary Discipline.
- Student experiences in collections management translate into real success stories at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology’s Museum of Geology.
- Shaena Montanari asks, “Are the dire wolves from Game of Thrones real animals?“
- Elsa Panciroli reports on a recent fossil insect conference, with the memorable line that “It’s all about the genitals”
- The life and times of Rhamphorhynchus (with art), related by Mark Witton.
- Justin Tweet continues to dig into the geology and paleontology of Death Valley National Monument.
- Why does that prehistoric dog have a cat’s neck? Mauricio Anton has the details.
- Recruitment vs. Retention: What’s the Problem in the Earth Sciences? Robyn Dahl follows up on her post from last week.
- It was a Jurassic World of Salamanders, in this blog post from Andy Farke on a new discovery from China.