Fossil Friday Roundup: December 2, 2016

Featured image: Composite Photograph of the original fossil specimen of “Lucy” From Ruff et al. 2016

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Large Scale Anthropogenic Reduction of Forest Cover in Last Glacial Maximum Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • Pteropoda (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Thecosomata) from the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (United States Atlantic Coastal Plain) (PalaeoE)
  • Non-destructive analysis of in situ ammonoid jaws by synchrotron radiation X-ray micro-computed tomography (PalaeoE)
  • The fossil fish of Salento: a history of their discovery and their study (Thalassia Salentina)
  • Revision of Ionoscopus petrarojae (Ionoscopiformes, Osteichthyes) from the Albian of Pietraroja (Campania, southern Italy) (Thalassia Salentina)
  • Characteristic tetrapod musculoskeletal limb phenotype emerged more than 400 MYA in basal lobe-finned fishes (Scientific Reports)
  • Ontogenetic Change in the Temporal Region of the Early Permian Parareptile Delorhynchus cifellii and the Implications for Closure of the Temporal Fenestra in Amniotes (PLOS ONE)
  • The late Miocene caimanine fauna (Crocodylia: Alligatoroidea) of the Urumaco Formation, Venezuela (PalaeoE)
  • Morphological evolution of the mammalian jaw adductor complex (Biological Reviews)
  • A new skull of the fossil porpoise Numataphocoena yamashitai (Cetacea: Phocoenidae) from the upper part of the Horokaoshirarika Formation (lower Pliocene), Numata Town, Hokkaido, Japan, and its phylogenetic position (PalaeoE)
  • Suction feeding preceded ltering in baleen whale evolution (Memoirs of Museum Victoria)
  • Limb Bone Structural Proportions and Locomotor Behavior in A.L. 288-1 (“Lucy”) (PLOS ONE)
  • Photography-based taxonomy is inadequate, unnecessary, and potentially harmful for biological sciences (Zootaxa)


  • Life before oxygen (Link)
  • ‘It’s a pretty rare dinosaur’: Alberta paleontologist hopes to find Troodon (Link)
  • Scientists find new conclusions for how sauropod claws were used (Link)
  • Florida Museum in need of volunteers at Levy dig site (Link)
  • Found: Ancient Elephant Fossils Hidden Beneath L.A.’s New Subway (Link)
  • Death Valley’s ‘secret’ fossil canyon could finally be opened to the public after being hidden for almost a century (Link)
  • Could Dinosaurs Fly? (Link)

Society Events, Meetings, Announcements, and Updates:

  • 2017 Stratigraphic Paleobiology Field Course (Link)
  • NHMU Dinofest 2017 (Link)

Around the Blogosphere:

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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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