Fossil Friday Roundup: November 4, 2016

Papers (all Open Access):

  • Comparative cranial myology and biomechanics of Plateosaurus and Camarasaurus and evolution of the sauropod feeding apparatus (Palaeontology)
  • Tetrapod limb and sarcopterygian fin regeneration share a core genetic programme (Nature Communications)
  • Three-dimensional paleohistology of the scale and median fin spine of Lophosteus superbus (Pander 1856) (PeerJ)
  • Timing and causes of North African wet phases during the last glacial period and implications for modern human migration (Scientific Reports)
  • Correction to ‘Oldest fossil remains of the enigmatic pig-footed bandicoot show rapid herbivorous evolution’ (RSOS)
  • Photosymbiosis and the expansion of shallow-water corals (Science Advances)
  • Buoyancy mechanisms limit preservation of coleoid cephalopod soft tissues in Mesozoic Lagerstätten (Palaeontology)
  • Origins of Biodiversity (PLOS ONE)
  • Interactive web-based visualization of phylogenetic trees using Phylogeny.IO (PeerJ Preprint)
  • Free access until Dec. 14: The Rauenberg fossil Lagerstätte (Baden-Württemberg, Germany): A window into early Oligocene marine and coastal ecosystems of Central Europe (P3)


  • Early birds could achieve liftoff (Link)
  • Ancient sea monster battle revealed in unusual fossil (Link)
  • Mummified Poop Reveals Ancient Sloth Ate Mormon Tea and Saltbush (Link)
  • Herbivorous mammals have bigger bellies (Link)
  • A life spent working with dinosaurs (Link)
  • Famous ‘Four-Legged Snake’ May Really Be Dino-Era Lizard (Link)
  • Discovering Texas Fossils (Link)
  • Fossils under your feet: Ancient sea cow found in Spanish street (Link)
  • Frank H.T. Rhodes, at 90, honored for academic impact (Link)
  • Ancient 400-Pound Salmon Fought with Dagger-Like Teeth (Link)
  • Ancient Bird Coughed Up ‘Fishy’ Pellet 120 Million Years Ago (Link)

Society Events and Updates:

  • Pre-registration open for the 7th International Meeting of Mesozoic Fishes, August 1–7, 2017, in Mahasarakham, Thailand (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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