Fossil Friday Roundup: July 15th, 2016

Featured Image: A pair of Gualicho dinosaurs pursuing prey. Image courtesy Jorge Gonzalez and Pablo Lara/PA

Happy Fossil Friday! One quick announcement, the PLOS Paleontology Community has a new Facebook page (to replace our former Facebook Group) Click here to like us on Facebook!

Papers (all Open Access):

  • A tiny new marsupial lion (Marsupialia, Thylacoleonidae) from the early Miocene of Australia (PalaeoE)
  • New and little known crane-fly species of the genera Helius, Elephantomyia and Toxorhina (Diptera, Limoniidae) from Dominican and Mexican amber (PalaeoE)
  • Redescription of the argyrolagid Microtragulus bolivianos (Metatheria, Polydolopimorphia, Bonapartheriiformes) based on new remains from Northwestern Argentina (PalaeoE)
  • The integration of quantitative genetics, paleontology, and neontology reveals genetic underpinnings of primate dental evolution (PNAS)
  • Combining geometric morphometrics and finite element analysis with evolutionary modeling: towards a synthesis (JVP)
  • Dynamics of dental evolution in ornithopod dinosaurs (Scientific Reports)
  • An Unusual New Theropod with a Didactyl Manus from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina (PLOS ONE)
  • The Origin of Large-Bodied Shrimp that Dominate Modern Global Aquaculture (PLOS ONE)
  • The Evolution of Diapsid Reproductive Strategy with Inferences about Extinct Taxa (PLOS ONE)
  • Diverse Aquatic Adaptations in Nothosaurus spp. (Sauropterygia)—Inferences from Humeral Histology and Microanatomy (PLOS ONE)
  • Mammals from the earliest Uintan (middle Eocene) Turtle Bluff Member, Bridger Formation, southwestern Wyoming, USA, Part 1: Primates and Rodentia (PalaeoE)
  • New information on the braincase and inner ear of Euparkeria capensis Broom: implications for diapsid and archosaur evolution (Royal Society Open Science)


  • Why study palaeontology? Two scientists explain their ‘sexy’ medium (Link)
  • Dinosaurs might have cooed, not roared! (Link)
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Spider Mummy Sported Horned Fangs (Link)
  • Terrifed insect escapes a permanent tomb – 50 million years ago (Link)
  • Charleston Museum plans include new paleontology lab (Link)
  • So Many Research Scientists, So Few Openings as Professors (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • The Stegosaurus plate controversy (Link)
  • The final nail in the coffin for Patagonian megafaunal extinctions (Link)
  • Valley of the Mastodon is touring museums examining “Mastodons of Unusual Size” Follow along here: (Link)
  • A Tale of Two Extinctions (Link)
  • Introducing Gualicho (Link)
  • Theropoda compares the new Gualicho to Aoniraptor (In Italian but a translate button is available). (Link), and another take from The Theropod Database (Link)
  • Getting in the Head of Euparkeria: An Interview with Gabriela Sobral (Link)
  • Summing up the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (Link)
  • Neanderthal DNA: A Historical Fossil Resurfaces (Link)
  • From bonebeds to paleoecology (Link)
  • The Strange case of Transylvanian Hadrosaurs (in English) y El Extraño Caso de los Hadrosaurios de Transilvania (en Español)
  • Help save Mongolia’s dinosaurs (Link)

Do you have some news, a blog, or something just plain cool you want to share with the PLOS Paleo Community? Email it to us at or tweet it to us at @PLOSPaleo.

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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