Fossil Friday Roundup: August 12, 2016

Featured image: The Piltdown Man is back in the headlines this week! Above: Group portrait of the Piltdown skull being examined. Back row (from left): F. O. Barlow, G. Elliot Smith, Charles Dawson, Arthur Smith Woodward. Front row: A S Underwood, Arthur Keith, W. P. Pycraft, and Ray Lankester. Painting by John Cooke, 1915. Public Domain.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Molecular phylogenetic analysis of nuclear genes suggests a Cenozoic over-water dispersal origin for the Cuban solenodon (Scientific Reports)
  • Oldest fossil remains of the enigmatic pig-footed bandicoot show rapid herbivorous evolution (Royal Society Open Science)
  • New genetic and morphological evidence suggests a single hoaxer created ‘Piltdown man’ (Royal Society Open Science)
  • Reproduction in Mesozoic birds and evolution of the modern avian reproductive mode (The Auk)
  • Measure, Then Show: Grasping Human Evolution Through an Inquiry-Based, Data-driven Hominin Skulls Lab (PLOS ONE)
  • Ontogeny reveals function and evolution of the hadrosaurid dinosaur dental battery (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Natural Constraints to Species Diversification (PLOS Biology)

Society Events and Updates:

  • Early Registration Deadline for the SVP Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah is August 16! For more information and to register for the meeting, click here.
  • The Canadian Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts volume has been published online in VAMP [Link]


  • Textbook story of how humans populated America is “biologically unviable”, study finds [Link]
  • Unearthed: the cannibal sharks of a forgotten age [Link]
  • Meet the fighting dinosaurs of Trenton [Link]
  • Father, son find rare dinosaur fossil in Japan [Link]
  • Dinosaur fossils display celebrated at Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center [Link]
  • Manitoba Museum unveils rare pliosaur fossil [Link]
  • One Man’s Incredible Collection of Fossilized Poop to become part of online poo museum [Link]

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Paleontologist and homebrewer Andy Farke explores a surprising connection between the ancient bird Archaeopteryx and modern beer [Link]
  • What happened after the dinosaur-killing asteroid hit the Earth? [Link]
  • Is Internal/External Eternal? [Link]
  • Andy Farke is at it again for SVP! Here he discusses Taphonomy Tourism [Link]
  • Tracking Australia’s dinosaur past [Link]
  • Paleontologists Uncover Ancient Crocodile Nesting Ground in Brazil [Link]
  • A (palaeo)biologist postdoc’s views of the past, present and future [Link]
  • Late Cretaceous and Modern Diatom Ecology: Implications for our Changing Oceans [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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