Fossil Friday Roundup: December 23, 2016

Featured Image: Triceratops ornament adorns a Christmas Tree. Ornament was purchased at The Field Museum, Image by Sarah Gibson. Happy Holidays from the PLOS Paleo Community Editors!

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Cretaceous origin of dogwoods: an anatomically preserved Cornus (Cornaceae) fruit from the Campanian of Vancouver Island (PeerJ)
  • Floral development and vascularization help to explain merism evolution in Paepalanthus (Eriocaulaceae, Poales) (PeerJ)
  • The first fossil New World Dixidae with a critical discussion of generic definitions (PalaeoE)
  • Deciphering the preservation of fossil insects: a case study from the Crato Member, Early Cretaceous of Brazil (PeerJ)
  • A Large Ornithurine Bird (Tingmiatornis arctica) from the Turonian High Arctic: Climatic and Evolutionary Implications (Scientific Reports)
  • Condylura (Mammalia, Talpidae) reloaded: New insights about the fossil representatives of the genus (PalaeoE)
  • Odyssey in the evolution of a paleopathologist (Fossil Record)
  • Nannotanyderinae: a new subfamily of Tanyderidae (Diptera) (PalaeoE)
  • Reappraisal of Europe’s most complete Early Cretaceous plesiosaurian: Brancasaurus brancai Wegner, 1914 from the “Wealden facies” of Germany (PeerJ)
  • The emergence of core eudicots: new floral evidence from the earliest Late Cretaceous (Proceedings B)
  • Extreme Ontogenetic Changes in a Ceratosaurian Theropod (Current Biology)


  • A Conversation with NHMU’s Randy Irmis (Link)
  • Fossilized Water Fleas – A new study of the evolution of the micro-crustacean group Cladocera (Link)
  • Studies Refute Hypothesis on What Caused Abrupt Climate Change Thousands of Years Ago (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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