Fossil Friday Roundup: March 24, 2017

Featured Image: Jaw of Argyromys cicigei, from López-Guerrero et al. 2017, PLOS ONE.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Late Messinian mollusks and vertebrates from Moncucco Torinese, north-western Italy. Paleoecological and paleoclimatological implications (PalaeoE)
  • A multidisciplinary approach to digital mapping of dinosaurian tracksites in the Lower Cretaceous (Valanginian–Barremian) Broome Sandstone of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia (PeerJ)
  • Accuracy and reliability of cetacean cranial measurements using computed tomography three dimensional volume rendered images (PLOS ONE)
  • A new species of Argyromys (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the Oligocene of the Valley of Lakes (Mongolia): Its importance for palaeobiogeographical homogeneity across Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan (PLOS ONE)
  • Evolution of the patellar sesamoid bone in mammals (PeerJ)
  • Neogene amphibians and reptiles (Caudata, Anura, Gekkota, Lacertilia, and Testudines) from the south of Western Siberia, Russia, and Northeastern Kazakhstan (PeerJ)
  • Scaling and functional morphology in strigiform hind limbs (Scientific Reports)
  • Cellular preservation of musculoskeletal specializations in the Cretaceous bird Confuciusornis (Nature Communications)
  • A new crustacean from the Herefordshire (Silurian) Lagerstätte, UK, and its significance in malacostracan evolution (Proceedings B)
  • Functional morphology of tegmina-based stridulation in the relict species Cyphoderris monstrosa (Orthoptera: Ensifera: Prophalangopsidae) (JEB)
  • Paleozoic echinoderm hangovers: Waking up in the Triassic (Geology)
  • Extreme adaptations for probable visual courtship behaviour in a Cretaceous dancing damselfly (Scientific Reports)
  • Repetitive mammalian dwarfing during ancient greenhouse warming events (Science Advances)
  • Cranial arterial patterns of the alpaca (Camelidae: Vicugna pacos) (RSOS)
  • Are floating algal mats a refuge from hypoxia for estuarine invertebrates? (PeerJ)
  • Walking and talking the tree of life: Why and how to teach about biodiversity (PLOS ONE)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • Seeking Nominations (March 31 deadline): The Raymond M. Alf Award for Excellence in Paleontological Research and Education (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

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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