Fossil Friday Roundup: September 9, 2016

Featured image: A reconstruction of the Storr Lochs Monster, the most complete ichthyosaur from Scotland. Art by Todd Marshall.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Big-headed marine crocodyliforms and why we must be cautious when using extant species as body length proxies for long-extinct relatives (PalaeoE)
  • Fossil snake preserving three trophic levels and evidence for an ontogenetic dietary shift (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironment)
  • A new rauisuchid (Archosauria, Pseudosuchia) from the Upper Triassic (Norian) of New Mexico increases the diversity and temporal range of the clade (PeerJ)
  • Convergent evolution of jaws between spinosaurid dinosaurs and pike conger eels (APP)
  • Sea level regulated tetrapod diversity dynamics through the Jurassic/Cretaceous interval (Nature Communications)
  • First fossil of Cylindrostethinae (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Gerridae) in the Paleocene of Menat, France (PalaeoE)
  • Patterns of diet and body mass of large ungulates from the Pleistocene of Western Europe, and their relation to vegetation (PalaeoE)
  • Biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in Fushun amber reveal further biotic links between Asia and Europe during the Eocene (PalaeoE)


  • An exceptional palaeontological site going back 100,000 years is unearthed in Arrasate (Link)
  • Life history of the 360-My-old tetrapod Acanthostega rewrites the tetrapod move onto land (Link)
  • Skye’s Storr Lochs Monster fossil unveiled in Edinburgh (Link)
  • Cretaceous dinosaur footprints uncovered on Western Australian beach (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

  • The Palaeontological Association meeting early bird registration closes on September 19th! Register Here.
  • Darren Naish announces TetZooCon 2016 (Link)
  • Digital Data in Paleontological Research Workshop (Link)
  • 2016 SVP Women in Science Social (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Remembering  the Tasmanian Tiger for Threatened Species Day (Link)
  • Regarding Liaoningosaurus (Link)
  • Vintage Dinosaur Art: Book of Big Beasts  (Link)
  • Back to School Thoughts (Link)
  • More on an ICZN petition to preserve Diplodocus carnegii (Link)
  • A Tiny Pterosaur (Link) / Un Pequeño Pterosaurio (Link)
  • That Field Assistant (Link)
  • The Road to Comps Part 1: 19th Century Natural History in Comparative Perspective (Link)

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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