Fossil Friday Roundup: October 7, 2016

Featured image: Restoration of Bonacynodon schultzi in life by Jorge Blanco. From Martinelli et al. (2016) below.

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Two New Cynodonts (Therapsida) from the Middle-Early Late Triassic of Brazil and Comments on South American Probainognathians (PLOS ONE)
  • Variable wing venation in Agathiphaga (Lepidoptera: Agathiphagidae) is key to understanding the evolution of basal moths (RSOS)
  • New dragonflies and damselflies from Middle Miocene deposits in SW Bulgaria (Insecta: Odonata) (PalaeoE)
  • A fossil biting midge (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from early Eocene Indian amber with a complex pheromone evaporator (SciRep)
  • A new elusive otodontid shark (Lamniformes: Otodontidae) from the lower Miocene, and comments on the taxonomy of otodontid genera, including the ‘megatoothed’ clade (Historical Biology)
  • Young relicts and old relicts: a novel palaeoendemic vertebrate from the Australian Central Uplands (RSOS)
  • Bony cranial ornamentation linked to rapid evolution of gigantic theropod dinosaurs (Nature Communications)
  • Stratigraphy, mammalian paleontology, paleoecology, and age correlation of the Wasatch Formation, Fossil Butte National Monument, Wyoming (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Foot pressure distributions during walking in African elephants (Loxodonta africana) (RSOS)
  • Estimating shifts in diversification rates based on higher-level phylogenies (RSOS)


  • SUE Lends a Hand: Field Museum Scientists Remove T. rex’s Arm for Argonne Study (Link)
  • Research: Mosasaurs: Cold or Warm Blooded? (Link)
  • New website for traveling exhibition: Daring to Dig: Women in Paleontology (Link)
  • Britain’s last mammoths died when they fell en masse into an enormous pit left by melting ice 14,000 years ago (Link)
  • Ancient global cooling gave rise to modern ecosystems (Link)
  • Gender bias found in Earth-science society journals (Link)
  • Giant dinosaur footprint discovered in Mongolia desert (Link)
  • Paleontologist suggests ‘great dying’ 252 million years ago wasn’t as bad as thought (Link)
  • Research to Answer a Crushing Evolutionary Question (Link)
  • IRCM researchers explain how evolution has equipped our hands with five fingers (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

  • DEADLINE IS TODAY! Digital Data in Paleontological Research Workshop (Link)
  • 2016 SVP Women in Science Social (Link)
  • OpenCon 2016 (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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