Fossil Friday Roundup: July 1, 2016

Featured Image: Leonardo the hadrosaur. Image courtesy Red Rocket Photography/The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis/Wikimedia Common (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Eutherians experienced elevated evolutionary rates in the immediate aftermath of the Cretaceous–Palaeogene mass extinction (Link)
  • Mummified precocial bird wings in mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber (Link)
  • A fossil Diploglossus (Squamata, Anguidae) lizard from Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre Islands (Guadeloupe, French West Indies) (Link)


  • Parasites wormed way into dino’s gut (Link)
  • Grant to expand Kansas museum’s paleontology collection, study (Link)
  • Amber fossils tell 99 million-year-old story of unusual baby birds (Link)
  • Bay of Fundy fossils may hold evolutionary secrets of the dawn of the dinosaurs (Link)
  • Utility workers discover 14,000-year-old mammoth fossils under Mexican street (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Darren Naish at Tetrapod Zoology takes a crack at the Bigfoot myth. Here’s what he thinks about the elusive beast.
  • Bird hip? Lizard hip? Beaks are better! Andy Farke (writing at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology blog) on how to distinguish dinosaurs. (Link)
  • SEEING, EXPERIENCING, and ENCOUNTERING: An Anecdotal Account of the Role of Museums and Schools in Sparking Interest in Paleontology and Evolutionary Biology – Allison Beck (on the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology blog) on how the future of science depends on early exposure. (Link)
  • If pterosaurs were so big, how did they manage to fly?? (Link)
  • Eugenia Gold writes about Un Nuevo Mamífero del Mesozoico de Japón (Link) / A New Mesozoic Mammal from Japan (Link)
  • Tony Martin follows the death crawl of a Jurassic crinoid (Link)
  • How to find the dinosaurs that hide inside modern birds, by Brian Switek for the Washington Post. (Link)
  • These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossils, another one this week from Brian Switek, for the Smithsonian Magazine. (Link)
  • Patterns in palaeontology: How and why did the arthropod shed its skin? Moulting in living and fossil arthropods (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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