Fossil Friday Roundup: June 17, 2016

Featured image: new species of ichthyosaur, Wahlisaurus massarae. Image by James McKay, copyright James McKay.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • A new species of Propalaeotherium (Palaeotheriidae, Perissodactyla, Mammalia) from the Middle Eocene locality of Aumelas (Hérault, France). (Link)
  • Dentition of Subengius mengi (Mammalia: Plesiadapoidea) and a reassessment of the phylogenetic relationships of Asian Carpolestidae. (Link)
  • Paleocene faunal evolution at Polecat Bench in the northern Bighorn Basin of Wyoming, USA. (Link)
  • Presence of the calcaneal canal in basal Glires (Link)
  • Taxonomic revision of lizards from the Paleocene deposits of the Qianshan Basin, Anhui, China (Link)
  • Regarding the real diversity of Glyptodontidae (Mammalia, Xenarthra) in the late Pliocene (Chapadmalalan Age/Stage) of Argentina (Link)
  • Late Pleistocene echimyid rodents (Rodentia, Hystricognathi) from northern Brazil (Link)
  • Diagenetic analysis of tetrapod from the Upper Triassic, Puesto Viejo Group, Argentina (Link)
  • Paleogene Glyptodontidae Propalaehoplophorinae (Mammalia, Xenarthra) in extra-Patagonian areas (Link)
  • Osteology of Carnufex carolinensis (Archosauria: Psuedosuchia) from the Pekin Formation of North Carolina and Its Implications for Early Crocodylomorph Evolution (Link)
  • Assessing the control of preservational environment on taphonomic and ecological patterns in an Oligocene mammal fauna from Badlands National Park, South Dakota (Link)
  • Late Pleistocene/Early Holocene migratory behavior of ungulates using isotopic analysis of tooth enamel and its effects on forager mobility (Link)
  • A critical evaluation of the Down Syndrome diagnosis for LB1, type specimen of Homo floresiensis (Link)
  • A method for quantifying, visualising, and analysing gastropod shell form (Link)


  • Here’s What Happened the Day the Dinosaurs Died, via National Geographic (Link)
  • Tiny popcorn-like fossils show how environment affects species (Link)
  • Duke prof’s website allows unique access to fossils, ancient specimens (Link)
  • Stegosaurus had a bite like a sheep (link)
  • Get your grants and papers written up now, because when this video game comes out, you can say goodbye to productivity (Link)
  • The Art of Deciding What Color Dinosaurs Are Is Part Paleontology, Part Palette-ontology (Link)
  • UK researcher discovers new 200 million year old marine reptile (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Alton Dooley talks taphonomy at Valley of the Mastodon (Link)
  • Extinct Monsters meets the AMNH Titanosaur (Link)
  • Liz Martin-Silverstone searches for dinosaurs in Alberta (Link)
  • Sharovipteryx, the Triassic reptile with leg-wings (Link)
  • Rockhead Sciences interviews PhD student Alessandro Chiarenza (Link)
  • The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology recently hosted Annie Quinney to talk about her work with Australian amber (Link)
  • Cambrian island-hopping at Taylors Falls, Minnesota, with Justin Tweet (Link)
  • Dr. Neurosaurus (Eugenia Gold) is Volvi del Campo / Back from the Field!

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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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