Fossil Friday Roundup: October 14, 2016

Featured image: The newly reclassified beardog Angelarctocyon australis (Field Museum specimen no PM 423) had a much smaller jawbone (left) than that of the larger Amphicyon riggsi (right, Field Museum specimen no. P 12029), which lived around 22 million years later.
Credit: copyright Susumu Tomiya, The Field Museum

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Whence the beardogs? Reappraisal of the Middle to Late Eocene ‘Miacis’ from Texas, USA, and the origin of Amphicyonidae (Mammalia, Carnivora) (RSOS)
  • Palate anatomy and morphofunctional aspects of interpterygoid vacuities in temnospondyl cranial evolution (SciNat)
  • Comparative Phylogeography of Ethiopian anurans: impact of the Great Rift Valley and Pleistocene climate change (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Ecomorphological analysis of the astragalo-calcaneal complex in rodents and inferences of locomotor behaviours in extinct rodent species (PeerJ)
  • A night heron (Ciconiiformes, Ardeidae) and a stork (Ciconiidae) from the Pliocene of Myanmar (Burma) (PalaeoE)
  • Early Miocene amber inclusions from Mexico reveal antiquity of mangrove-associated copepods (Sci Reports)
  • A Complete Fossil-Calibrated Phylogeny of Seed Plant Families as a Tool for Comparative Analyses: Testing the ‘Time for Speciation’ Hypothesis (PLOS ONE)
  • Reconstructing the past: methods and techniques for the digital restoration of fossils (RSOS)
  • The impact of gape on the performance of the skull in chisel-tooth digging and scratch digging mole-rats (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) (RSOS)
  • Histological variability in the limb bones of the Asiatic wild ass and its significance for life history inferences (PeerJ)
  • Oligocene ruminants from the Kızılırmak Formation, Çankırı-Çorum Basin, Central Anatolia, Turkey (PalaeoE)


  • Meet your hominid ancestors in Georgia (Link)
  • Palaeontology is full of dinosaurs – and not in a good way for women’s careers (Link)
  • Could dinosaurs roar? Ancient voice box offers clues (Link)
  • Did Plant-Eating Dinosaurs Really Only Eat Plants? (Link)
  • Digging For Dinosaurs In Retirement (Link)
  • Amateur paleontologist spends two years gluing giant plesiosaur fossil back together after smashing it (Link)

Events and Society Updates:

  • 2016 SVP Women in Science Social (Link)
  • OpenCon 2016 (Link)
  • Dinosaur Days, 29th & 30th October 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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