Fossil Friday Roundup: December 9, 2016

Feature Image: A rendering of the early marsupial relative, Didelphodon vorax. (First Paper) Credit: Misaki Ouchida

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A large carnivorous mammal from the Late Cretaceous and the North American origin of marsupials (Nature Communications)
  • Fruits, seeds and flowers from the Bovay and Bolden clay pits (early Eocene Tallahatta Formation, Claiborne Group), northern Mississippi, USA (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Antarctotrechus balli sp. n. (Carabidae, Trechini): the first ground beetle from Antarctica (Zookeys)
  • Evolutionary convergence in conodonts revealed by Synchrotron-based Tomographic Microscopy (PalaeoE)
  • Phylogenetic and environmental context of a Tournaisian tetrapod fauna (Nature Ecology and Evolution)
  • A Feathered Dinosaur Tail with Primitive Plumage Trapped in Mid-Cretaceous Amber (Cell Current Biology)
  • Odontoma in a 255-Million-Year-Old Mammalian Forebear (JAMA Oncology)
  • First comprehensive morphological analysis on the metapodials of Giraffidae (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Ear Structures of the Naked Mole-Rat, Heterocephalus glaber, and Its Relatives (Rodentia: Bathyergidae) (PLOS ONE)
  • Experimental evidence for the co-evolution of hominin tool-making teaching and language (Nature Communications)
  • The origin of animals: Can molecular clocks and the fossil record be reconciled? (BioEssays)
  • Evidence for social parasitism of early insect societies by Cretaceous rove beetles (Nature Communications)


  • Alberta: Vast badlands once a real Jurassic Park (Link)
  • ‘Slam-dunk’ find puts hunter-gatherers in Florida 14,500 years ago (Link)
  • Virginia Tech Geoscientists Size-Up Early Dinosaurs, Find Surprising Variation (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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