Fossil Friday Roundup: June 10, 2016


Unique Cellular Organization in the Oldest Root Meristem (Current Biology)

Pleistocene Bovidae (Mammalia) from Malapa, Gauteng Province, South Africa (Palaeontologia Electronica)

New dental material and redescription of Agerinia roselli (Primates, Adapiformes) from Les Saleres (early Eocene, NE Iberian Peninsula) (Palaeontologia Electronica)

New lower jaw and teeth referred to Maxakalisaurus topai (Titanosauria: Aeolosaurini) and their implications for the phylogeny of titanosaurid sauropods (PeerJ)

Geometric morphometric analysis of intratrackway variability: a case study on theropod and ornithopod dinosaur trackways from Münchehagen (Lower Cretaceous, Germany) (PeerJ)

Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene Migratory Behavior of Ungulates Using Isotopic Analysis of Tooth Enamel and Its Effects on Forager Mobility (PLOS ONE)

A new Late Jurassic halecomorph fish from the marine Vaca Muerta Formation, Argentina, southwestern Gondwana (Fossil Record)


New Cretaceous Fossils Shed Light on the Early Evolution of Ants (Link)

Lucy Had Neighbors: Fossil Review Confirms Co-existence of Hominin Species (Link)

Ice age bison fossils shed light on early human migrations in North America (Link)

Did the death of the dinosaurs allow meek mammals to thrive? (Link)

Fossils Hint at Long-Sought Ancestor of Weirdest Human Species (Scientific American) (NY Times)

The Dinosaur Fossil Bubble Has Popped and Natural History Museums Are Pumped (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

Marc Vincent at Love at the Time of Chasmosaurs reviews a classic book, and it’s dated—but still awesome!—dinosaur art.

Extinct Monsters reviews the book Life on Display: Revolutionizing U.S. Museums of Science and Natural History in the Twentieth Century.

Peer J interviews Pedro Godoy about his new paper on the Postcranial anatomy of Pissarrachampsa sera.

Interns are crucial to museums! Learn about about undergraduate intern Paige Dzindolet’s work in the Virginia Museum of Natural History Paleontology Lab. (Link)

Mark Witton has some thoughts for artists on the dinosaur resting pose debate.

New fossils show that hobbits are real. Paige Madison sums up why the new Mata Menge announcement matters.

The last few weeks have seen a crush of new ceratopsids. Learn more about the discoveries in this post by Ben Borcovic.

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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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