Fossil Friday Roundup: June 24, 2016

Featured image: Pablo Puerta, the head of Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum’s technical laboratory in Trelew, Argentina, lies alongside a sauropod dinosaur femur. (AP Photo/Museo Paletontologico Egidio Feruglio, Jose Maria Farfaglia)

Papers (all Open Access):

  • A Re-Description of ‘Mycterosaurus’ smithae, an Early Permian Eothyridid, and Its Impact on the Phylogeny of Pelycosaurian-Grade Synapsids (PLOS ONE)
  • First records of Canis dirus and Smilodon fatalis from the late Pleistocene Tule Springs local fauna, upper Las Vegas Wash, Nevada (PeerJ)
  • The hidden teeth of sloths: evolutionary vestiges and the development of a simplified dentition (Scientific Reports)
  • The systematics of the Mongolepidida (Chondrichthyes) and the Ordovician origins of the clade (PeerJ)
  • Oligocene Termite Nests with In Situ Fungus Gardens from the Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania, Support a Paleogene African Origin for Insect Agriculture (PLOS ONE)
  • An Unexpected Early Rhabdodontid from Europe (Lower Cretaceous of Salas de los Infantes, Burgos Province, Spain) and a Re-Examination of Basal Iguanodontian Relationships (PLOS ONE)


  • 150 million-year-old dinosaur footprints found in Rajasthan (Link)
  • Ancient DNA shows perfect storm felled Ice Age giants (Link)
  • Early mammals evolved night vision to escape the dinosaurs (Link)
  • The Egidio Feruglio Paleontology Museum, in Trelew, Argentina is making room for a new dinosaur skeleton (Link)
  • Level up with some coding skills! The Paleontological Association has provided an R tutorial for paleontologists (Link)
  • Sperm whale fossils up to 12 million years old unearthed at Irvine landfill (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah’s Giant Jurassic Death Pit? (Link)
  • Did Dinosaur Dads Take Care Of Their Kids? (Link)
  • Shelled krakens of the Mesozoic deep (Link)
  • Why isn’t India doing more to protect it’s fossil record? (Link)
  • Rena Maguire discusses Sivatherium, an extinct giraffe from India and Africa, on Twilight Beasts (Link)
  • Happy (belated) birthday to George Gaylord Simpson, from March of the Fossil Penguins (Link)
  • The top six dinosaur myths and how we busted them (Link)

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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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