Fossil Friday Roundup: February 24, 2017

Featured Image: The jaw of Eotaria, a Miocene seal from California. From Velez-Juarbe (2017), first paper listed below.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Eotaria citrica, sp. nov., a new stem otariid from the “Topanga” formation of Southern California (PeerJ)
  • Earth’s oldest ‘Bobbit worm’ – gigantism in a Devonian eunicidan polychaete (Scientific Reports)
  • The ‘Tully Monster’ is not a vertebrate: characters, convergence and taphonomy in Palaeozoic problematic animals (Palaeontology)
  • A re-examination of the enigmatic Russian tetrapod Phreatophasma aenigmaticum and its evolutionary implications (Fossil Record)
  • Macroevolutionary patterns in Rhynchocephalia: is the tuatara (Sphenodon punctatus) a living fossil? (Palaeontology)
  • A new fossil from the mid-Paleocene of New Zealand reveals an unexpected diversity of world’s oldest penguins (The Science of Nature)
  • Making a giant rodent: cranial anatomy and ontogenetic development in the genus Isostylomys (Mammalia, Hystricognathi, Dinomyidae) (Journal of Systematic Paleontology)
  • On Prophoca and Leptophoca (Pinnipedia, Phocidae) from the Miocene of the North Atlantic realm: redescription, phylogenetic affinities and paleobiogeographic implications (PeerJ)
  • Vertebrate paleontology, stratigraphy, and paleohydrology of Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, Nevada (USA) (Geology of the Intermountain West)
  • Unexpected Early Triassic marine ecosystem and the rise of the Modern evolutionary fauna (Science Advances)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Windows into the World of Giants, Free Dinosaur Lecture at the Burke Museum, March 10 (Link)
  • Russian Late Mesozoic | Resources @ (Link)
  • American Association of Anatomists Vertebrate Paleontology Mini-Meeting at the Annual Meeting of Experimental Biology, Monday, April 24 (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Live Birth in Aquatic Reptiles! (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Pliocene (Pt 15): Life on the Australian Grasslands (Synapsida)
  • Isaberrysaura, and the further revenge of gut contents (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Fossil Friday – sloth mandible (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Spiky Fossil Highlights the Early Days of Molluscs (Laelaps)
  • The Stegosaur lookalike and its last supper (Earth Archives)
  • Better Know a Rodent! A Gnawing Pet Peeve (Albertonykus)
  • Conservation paleontology: Hints from the fossil record on how to re-oyster the Chesapeake (Link)
  • Allosaurus Had an Amazing Gape (Laelaps)
  • Noripterus returns – sorting out some pterosaur taxonomy (Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings)
  • Trilobite Eggs in New York (Link)
  • Some Azhdarchid Pterosaurs Were Robust-Necked Top-Tier Predators (Tetrapod Zoology)
  • Paleo Profile: Mauricio Fernández’s Plesiosaur (Laelaps)
  • Early baleen whales contended for title of ocean’s Barry White (PLOS Paleo)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • The VMNH Paleo Lab Welcomes A New Intern! (Updates from the Paleontology Lab)
  • 150 things about Canadian palaeo – part 2, the Burgess Shale #FossilFriday (Musings of a Clumsy Paleontologist)
  • Saving Mongolia’s dinosaurs and inspiring the next generation of paleontologists (Earth Magazine)
  • IPFW Geosciences Department Transitions From Endangered To Extinct (Link)
  • Meet a Paleontologist: Luiz Eduardo Anelli (Paleowire)
  • Australian megafauna fossils found in Naracoorte cave date back more than 45,000 years (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Arts, Culture, and Fun:

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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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