Fossil Friday Roundup: October 28, 2016

We have been busy at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology! Be sure to swing by Booth 30! And thank you to all who come to the PLOS Social last night! Congratulations to the winners of the Top 10 OA Fossil Vertebrates contest! 

Papers (all Open Access):

  • The first oviraptorosaur (Dinosauria: Theropoda) bonebed: evidence of gregarious behaviour in a maniraptoran theropod (Scientific Reports)
  • Deciduous dentition and dental eruption sequence of Bothriogenys fraasi (Anthracotheriidae, Artiodactyla) from the Fayum Depression, Egypt (PalaeoE)
  • OH-65: The earliest evidence for right-handedness in the fossil record (Journal of Human Evolution)
  • Rodents: food or pests in Neolithic Orkney (RSOS)
  • The first fossil parrot (Aves, Psittaciformes) from Siberia and its implications for the historical biogeography of Psittaciformes (Biology Letters)
  • A toothed turtle from the Late Jurassic of China and the global biogeographic history of turtles (BMC Evol Biol)
  • Non-linear ontogenetic shape change in Cryptolithus tesselatus (Trilobita) using three-dimensional geometric morphometrics (PalaeoE)
  • New fossils of Hyaenodonta (Mammalia) from the Eocene localities of Chambi (Tunisia) and Bir el Ater (Algeria), and the evolution of the earliest African hyaenodonts (PalaeoE)
  • Ephippia belonging to Ceriodaphnia Dana, 1853 (Cladocera: Anomopoda: Daphniidae) from the Lower Cretaceous of Australia (PalaeoE)
  • Graphic correlation of the upper Eifelian to lower Frasnian (Middle-Upper Devonian) conodont sequences in the Spanish Central Pyrenees and comparison with composite standards from other areas (PalaeoE)
  • Palaeoamyda messeliana nov. comb. (Testudines, Pan-Trionychidae) from the Eocene Messel Pit and Geiseltal localities, Germany, taxonomic and phylogenetic insights (PeerJ)
  • Remarkable preservation of brain tissues in an Early Cretaceous iguanodontian dinosaur (Geological Society Special Publication)
  • Under the Skin of a Lion: Unique Evidence of Upper Paleolithic Exploitation and Use of Cave Lion (Panthera spelaea) from the Lower Gallery of La Garma (Spain) (PLOS ONE)


  • Huge new dinosaur hints at when sauropods arrived Down Under (Link)
  • Early fossil fish from China shows where our jaws came from (Link)
  • Mistaken Identity? Debate Over Ancient 4-Legged Snake Heats Up (Link)
  • Eyes came before limbs in the transition to land (Link)

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Featured image: Paleontologists flocked to NHMU during the Welcome Reception at 2016 SVP. Image by Sarah Gibson.

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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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