Fossil Friday Roundup: September 16, 2016

Featured image: Crew from the Natural History Museum of Utah, BLM, Moab Museum, and GeoCorps working the Dystrophaeus Quarry. Image courtesy Brian Switek via Twitter. Follow along with Project Dystrophaeus on Twitter!

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Comparative cephalopod shell strength and the role of septum morphology on stress distribution (PeerJ)
  • Measures of Relative Dentary Strength in Rancho La Brea Smilodon fatalis over Time (PLOS ONE)
  • Palate anatomy and morphofunctional aspects of interpterygoid vacuities in temnospondyl cranial evolution (SciNat)
  • The neck of Barosaurus: longer, wider and weirder than those of Diplodocus and other diplodocines (PeerJ Preprint)
  • A juvenile subfossil crocodylian from Anjohibe Cave, Northwestern Madagascar (PeerJ)
  • 3D Camouflage in an Ornithischian Dinosaur (Current Biology)
  • Unappreciated diversification of stem archosaurs during the Middle Triassic predated the dominance of dinosaurs (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Ecological selectivity of the emerging mass extinction in the oceans (Science)


  • Collections come to life in Google Arts and Culture collaboration (Link)
  • Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created (Link)
  • New book details South America’s Surprising Prehistoric Mammals (Link)
  • What the Ancient Oyster Knows (Link)
  • For 20 million years, the diversity of large terrestrial mammals depended on plant growth (Link)
  • Paleontology grant awarded for Sternberg Museum’s paleontology work (Link)
  • This Paleontologist Is on a Mission to Teach Mongolians About Their Own Dinosaurs (Link)
  •  The Broken Bridge Between Geology and Museums (Link)
  • Man fined $4,000 after being caught with Burgess Shale fossil in his backpack (Link)
  • Finders keepers doesn’t apply to fossils and bones (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

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

Around the Blogosphere:

  • Tet Zoo:  Bookshelf September 2016: of Fossil Primates and Nightjars (Link)
  • SV-POW: What is the nature and purpose of a type specimen? (Link)
  • Extinct: Transformation, Persistence, and Identity (Link)
  • Laelaps: Paleo Profile: The Pig-Footed Bandicoot (Link)
  • Trowelblazers: Profile: Lisa White (Link)
  • Laelaps: A Torvosaurus before its time (Link)
  • Dr. Neurosaurus: Feeding TIme! (Link)
  • Musings of a Clumsy Paleontologist: Meet Allkaruen – the new Argentinian pterosaur (Link)
  • Vox: Humans and Neanderthals had sex. But was it for love? (Link)
  • Mark Witton blog: A salute to the Erythrosuchidae (Link)

Non-paleo blog posts of interest:

  • Green Tea and Velociraptors: Citations, altmetrics, and the impact factor (Link)
  • Tenure, She Wrote: How to Publish Without Institutional Support (Link)
  • Green Tea and Velociraptors: Shit I learned during my PhD (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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