Fossil Friday Roundup: March 10, 2017

Featured Image: Egg Holotype of Suchoolithus portucalensis, oogen. and oosp. nov. Specimen FCT-UNL706 from Cambelas, Assenta Member, Lourinhã Formation, Upper Jurassic. The shape and preservation of the specimen suggests an unhatched clutch. From Russo et al. (2017) first paper listed below.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Two new ootaxa from the late Jurassic: The oldest record of crocodylomorph eggs, from the Lourinhã Formation, Portugal (PLOS ONE)
  • Micropaleontology of the lower Mesoproterozoic Roper Group, Australia, and implications for early eukaryotic evolution (Journal of Paleontology)
  • Draconisella mortoni sp. nov., a Mizzia-like Dasycladalean alga from the Lower Cretaceous of Oman (PalaeoE)
  • Halkieriid-like animals in the Late Ordovician? (PeerJ Preprints)
  • A remarkably well-preserved terrestrial isopod (Peracarida: Isopoda: Armadillidiidae) from the upper Oligocene of Hungary, with remarks on the oniscidean taphonomy (PalaeoE)
  • A new osteichthyan from the late Silurian of Yunnan, China (PLOS ONE)
  • A taxonomic reassessment of Ichthyosaurus communis and I. intermedius and a revised diagnosis for the genus (Journal of Systematic Palaeontology)
  • Osteology and relationships of Colymbosaurus Seeley, 1874, based on new material of C. svalbardensis from the Slottsmøya Member, Agardhfjellet Formation of central Spitsbergen (JVP)
  • A new Mourasuchus (Alligatoroidea, Caimaninae) from the late Miocene of Venezuela, the phylogeny of Caimaninae and considerations on the feeding habits of Mourasuchus (PeerJ)
  • Description of Arundel Clay ornithomimosaur material and a reinterpretation of Nedcolbertia justinhofmanni as an “Ostrich Dinosaur”: biogeographic implications (PeerJ)
  • A Digital Endocranial Cast of the Early Paleocene (Puercan) ‘Archaic’ Mammal Onychodectes tisonensis (Eutheria: Taeniodonta) (Journal of Mammalian Evolution)
  • Meckel’s cartilage breakdown offers clues to mammalian middle ear evolution (Nature Ecology & Evolution)
  • Timing of global regression and microbial bloom linked with the Permian-Triassic boundary mass extinction: implications for driving mechanisms (Scientific Reports)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Learning About the Hobbits of Flores – an online course (Link)
  • Seeking Nominations: The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education (Link)
  • TetZooCon 2017 (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • On Friendships & Missing Links: Bringing Characters to Life (Paige Fossil History)
  • Joseph Nicollet (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • NextGen Paleontologist: Egypt’s Catfish Hunter Sanaa El-Sayed (Discover)
  • Sketching science: Meet the fossil artist who reconstructs ‘lost worlds’ (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. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6784-3980

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