Fossil Friday Roundup: July 22, 2016

Featured image: Murusraptor barrosaensis, which lived about 80 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. (Courtesy: Jan Sovak)

Papers (all Open Access):

  • New holostean fishes (Actinopterygii: Neopterygii) from the Middle Triassic of the Monte San Giorgio (Canton Ticino, Switzerland) (PeerJ)
  • A new method for reconstructing brain morphology: applying the brain-neurocranial spatial relationship in an extant lungfish to a fossil endocast (RSOS)
  • A New Megaraptoran Dinosaur (Dinosauria, Theropoda, Megaraptoridae) from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia (PLOS ONE)
  • Neural and endocranial anatomy of Triassic phytosaurian reptiles and convergence with fossil and modern crocodylians (PeerJ)
  • Evolutionary relationships and systematics of Atoposauridae (Crocodylomorpha: Neosuchia): implications for the rise of Eusuchia (Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • Multivariate and Cladistic Analyses of Isolated Teeth Reveal Sympatry of Theropod Dinosaurs in the Late Jurassic of Northern Germany (PLOS ONE)

Society Events and Updates:

  • Rebecca Hunt-Foster invites SVP attendees to consider this worthwhile workshop for paleontologists considering a teaching-intensive career path (Link)
  • Early registration deadline for the SVP Meeting is fast approaching (August 16), register here! (Link)


  • DMNS Curator helps discover real reason why turtles have shells (Link)
  • Southeast Asian coelacanth species found in shattered fossil (Link)
  • Humans decimating the diversity of life should worry us all (Link)
  • Dino park could have local voice (Link)
  • Santa Cruz teachers make big finds in Florida paleontology exchange program (Link)
  • Newfoundland fossil trove to become UNESCO World Heritage Site (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Why two tiny wings preserved in amber have palaeontologists in a flap. Hanneke Meijer’s take for The Guardian. (Link)
  • Size Does Matter: Using the size of fossil marine mammals to estimate primary productivity in ancient oceans (Link)
  • Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs continues admiring vintage dinosaur art (Link)
  • Brian Switek discusses how dinosaurs literally reshaped the planet (Link)
  • Why one of the world’s best fossil sites is full of severed bird feet (Link)
  • Another Brick in the “Murus”: Meet the newest Megaraptoran theropod, Murusraptor (Link)
  • Beaked birds champions of the last mass extinction (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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