Fossil Friday Roundup: December 16, 2016

Featured Image: A new species of armored trumpetfish from Mexico, from Cantalice and Alvarado-Ortega (2016), first paper.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Eekaulostomus cuevasae gen. and sp. nov., an ancient armored trumpetfish (Aulostomoidea) from Danian (Paleocene) marine deposits of Belisario Domínguez, Chiapas, southeastern Mexico (Palaeontologia Electronica)
  • Retreat and extinction of the Late Pleistocene cave bear (Ursus spelaeus sensu lato) (Science of Nature)
  • The archaeology of persistent places: the Palaeolithic case of La Cotte de St Brelade, Jersey (Antiquity)
  • A New Chytridiomycete Fungus Intermixed with Crustacean Resting Eggs in a 407-Million-Year-Old Continental Freshwater Environment (PLOS ONE)
  • Laser Fluorescence Illuminates the Soft Tissue and Life Habits of the Early Cretaceous Bird Confuciusornis (PLOS ONE)
  • A basal ceratopsid (Centrosaurinae: Nasutoceratopsini) from the Oldman Formation (Campanian) of Alberta, Canada (Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences)


  • Paleontologist Phil Currie awarded the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Cross (Link)
  • Editorial: Media Outlets Bury Ants With Dinosaur Tail (Link)
  • Right after an asteroid killed the dinosaurs, life returned to the scene of the crime (Link)
  • French museum employee sold stolen fossils online (Link)
  • The touchy subject of high-priced dinosaurs (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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