Fossil Friday Roundup: September 2, 2016

Featured image: A new pterosaur was the size of a housecat, published this week in Royal Society Open Science. Image courtesy Mark Witton.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Osteology of the Late Triassic aetosaur Scutarx deltatylus (Archosauria: Pseudosuchia) (PeerJ)
  • Cranial Morphology of the Carboniferous-Permian Tetrapod Brachydectes newberryi (Lepospondyli, Lysorophia): New Data from µCT (PLOS ONE)
  • A Jurassic pterosaur from Patagonia and the origin of the pterodactyloid neurocranium (PeerJ)
  • An Early Neogene Elasmobranch fauna from the southern Caribbean (Western Venezuela) (PalaeoE)
  • Unaltered sequence of dental, skeletal, and sexual maturity in domestic dogs compared to the wolf (Zoological Letters)
  • A new megalosaurid theropod dinosaur from the late Middle Jurassic (Callovian) of north-western Germany: implications for theropod evolution and faunal turnover in the Jurassic (PalaeoE)
  • A small azhdarchoid pterosaur from the latest Cretaceous, the age of flying giants (RSOS)
  • Skeletal Anatomy of Alligator and Comparison with Thecachampsa (Links directly to PDF: Calvert Marine Museum Publication)
  • Fossil skulls reveal that blood flow rate to the brain increased faster than brain volume during human evolution (RSOS)
  • The Middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from Khok Sung (Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand): biochronological and paleobiogeographical implications (ZooKeys)


  • Print your own 3D Lucy to work out how the famous hominin died (Link)
  • Life thrived on young Earth: scientists discover 3.7 billion year old fossils (Link)
  • Fossil Pollen “Sneeze” Caught by University of Guelph research team (Link)
  • All That Plastic In The Ocean Is Going To Leave Behind Fossils (Link)
  • Retired Hermosa Rancher Now Focuses On Fossil-Hunting Hobby (Link)
  • Perot Museum Celebrates 10th Anniversary Since Discovery of “Perot Dinosaur” (Link)
  • Dinosaur bones unearthed by outback Queensland drought (Link)

Society Updates:

  • Registration and abstract submissions are open for the paleoecology session at the Medecos and AEET meeting in Seville, abstract deadline is September 5th! (Link)
  • SVP Abstract Volume is now available online: (PDF: Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Platyzilla & the Value of Fossils (a response to Turner’s “Are Dinosaurs Overrated?”) (Link)
  • Even tadpoles have a fossil record (Link)
  • Finding Nemo, Paleozoic style (Link)
  • Women in Paleontology: A Celebration of Female Field Scientists (Link)
  • Dinosaurs with Marionette Jaws: The Case for the Predentary in Ornithischians (Link)
  • A busy year for a little dinosaur (Link)
  • You Call That a Velociraptor? A Philosophical Review of “Jurassic Park” (Link)
  • The Great Minnesota Brachiopod Caper of 1892 (Link)
  • Ancient Footprints to Tiny ‘Vampires’: 8 Rare and Unusual Fossils (Link)
  • This Tiny Ankylosaur Ate… Fish? (Link)
  • An Elaborate Story: Why Lucy’s Death Matters to Us (Link)
  • “Where No Dinosaur Has Gone Before” (Link)
  • Shelf Life Episode 12: Six Extinctions in Six Minutes (Link)

Non-Paleo Blog Posts of Interest:

  • Formatting a CV for a faculty job application (Link)
  • 15 Tips for Improving Your Writing in Graduate School (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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