Fossil Friday Roundup: November 11, 2016

Papers (all Open Access):

  • New palynological evidence for the age of the Beda Formation, Sirte Basin, Libya (PalaeoE)
  • Rapid recovery of Patagonian plant–insect associations after the end-Cretaceous extinction (Nature Ecology Evolution)
  • Three new species of the genus Tanidromites (Decapoda: Brachyura: Tanidromitidae) from the Late Jurassic (Oxfordian) of Poland (PalaeoE)
  • Cranial bone histology of Metoposaurus krasiejowensis (Amphibia, Temnospondyli) from the Late Triassic of Poland (PeerJ)
  • A toothed turtle from the Late Jurassic of China and the global biogeographic history of turtles (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • A Unique Late Triassic Dinosauromorph Assemblage Reveals Dinosaur Ancestral Anatomy and Diet (Current Biology)
  • A Late Cretaceous diversification of Asian oviraptorid dinosaurs: evidence from a new species preserved in an unusual posture (SciRep)
  • Dinosaur Metabolism and the Allometry of Maximum Growth Rate (PLOS ONE)
  • Probabilistic divergence time estimation without branch lengths: dating the origins of dinosaurs, avian flight and crown birds (Biology Letters)
  • First report of Quaternary mammals from the Qalehjough area, Lut Desert, Eastern Iran (PalaeoE)
  • The origin of the lower fourth molar in canids, inferred by individual variation (PeerJ)
  • Hyainailourine and teratodontine cranial material from the late Eocene of Egypt and the application of parsimony and Bayesian methods to the phylogeny and biogeography of Hyaenodonta (Placentalia, Mammalia) (PeerJ)
  • The Strength of Selection against Neanderthal Introgression (PLOS Genetics)
  • Boreal earliest Triassic biotas elucidate globally depauperate hard substrate communities after the end-Permian mass extinction (SciRep)


  • Unknown dinosaur almost blown to oblivion (Link)
  • Dinosaur Day: Unearthing Ancient Lake Dixie, Swimming Dinosaurs (Link)
  • A giant predatory lizard swam in Antarctic seas near the end of the dinosaur age (Link)
  • Fossilized Dinos Are Bones Turned to Stone—But Sometimes, Part of the Original Dino Survives (Link)
  • Changing Views of Evolutionary Factors at Work on Earliest Mammals (Link)
  • 2 Dome-Headed Dinosaurs the Size of German Shepherds Discovered (Link)
  • UNLV researchers puzzle over tracks left near Gold Butte that predate dinosaurs (Link)
  • Tough Turtle: Dino-Killing Asteroid Spared Sea Creature (Link)
  • Q&A with paleontologist Neil Shubin on the brink of his Antarctic Expedition (Link)
  • Century-old Indian dinosaur fossils yet to be recovered, restored (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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Featured image: Tongtianlong limosus mired in the mud, a new fossil discovery from China. Illustration by Zhao Chuang.

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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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