Fossil Friday Roundup: February 10, 2017

Featured Image: Bajaichthys elegans, photograph of the holotype MCSNV T.922 From Davesne et al (2017), first paper listed below.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Bajaichthys elegans from the Eocene of Bolca (Italy) and the overlooked morphological diversity of Zeiformes (Teleostei, Acanthomorpha) (Palaeontology)
  • The internal cranial anatomy of Romundina stellina Ørvig, 1975 (Vertebrata, Placodermi, Acanthothoraci) and the origin of jawed vertebrates—Anatomical atlas of a primitive gnathostome (PLOS ONE)
  • Faunal response to sea-level and climate change in a short-lived seaway: Jurassic of the Western Interior, USA (Palaeontology)
  • Gliding lizards use the position of the sun to enhance social display (Biology Letters)
  • Turtle shell bone and osteoderm histology of Mesozoic and Cenozoic stem-trionychian Adocidae and Nanhsiungchelyidae (Cryptodira: Adocusia) from Central Asia, Mongolia, and North America (Fossil Record)
  • A new genus for the eastern dwarf galagos (Primates: Galagidae) (Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society)
  • The internal anatomy of titanosaur osteoderms from the Upper Cretaceous of Spain is compatible with a role in oogenesis (Scientific Reports)
  • The Origin of Vertebrate Gills (Current Biology)


  • Royal Tyrrell Museum Research Assistant Helped Write One of Most Cited Cretaceous Research Articles in Last Three Years (Link)
  • Spiny, armored slug reveals ancestry of molluscs (Link)
  • The Lost Continent of Appalachia (Link)
  • Climate change responsible for the great diversity in horses (Link)
  • Dinosaurs: juvenile, adult or senior? (Link)
  • National Museums fear Brexit ‘Brain Drain’ (Link)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology abstract submission portal now open (Link)
  • Collections study grants – Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (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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