Fossil Friday Roundup: January 6, 2017

Featured Image: 3D printout of the Dwykaselachus brain case. Image courtesy University of Chicago. For more info, see first article under News

Happy New Year everyone!

Papers (All Open Access):

  • The Importance of International Collaborations to Advance Research Endeavors (PLOS ONE)
  • Body size–trophic position relationships among fishes of the lower Mekong basin (RSOS)
  • Dinosaur incubation periods directly determined from growth-line counts in embryonic teeth show reptilian-grade development (PNAS)
  • A cryptic record of Burgess Shale-type diversity from the early Cambrian of Baltica (Palaeontology)


  • 280 Million-Year-Old Fossil Reveals Origins of Chimaeroid Fishes (Link)
  • NASA Scientists Come To Dinosaur Provincial Park (Link)
  • Fossil fuel formation: Key to atmosphere’s oxygen? (Link)
  • South American fossil tomatillos show nightshades evolved earlier than thought (Link)
  • South Texas fossil could be reptile that swam 90M years ago (Link)
  • Pitt owns 6,000 acres of fossils, artifacts and inspiration in Wyoming (Link)
  • Bones In Belgium Cave Prove Neanderthals Were Cannibals: Why Extinct Human Relative Practiced Cannibalism (Link)
  • Study of Extinct Seabirds Reflects Climate Change in OC, California (Link)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Webinar: Paleontological Resources Preservation Act of 2009 (PRPA), January 19, 2017 (Link)
  • Paleontological Society Arthur James Boucot Research Grants (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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