Fossil Friday Roundup: April 14, 2017

Featured Image: Reconstruction of Teleocrater rhadinus in a Middle Triassic scene. Artwork by Mark Witton. From Nesbitt et al (2017), see press release here.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • The genera Architipula Handlirsch, 1906 and Grimmenia Krzemiński and Zessin, 1990 (Diptera: Limoniidae) from the Lower Jurassic of England (PalaeoE)
  • Methods for isolation and quantification of microfossil fish teeth and elasmobranch dermal denticles (ichthyoliths) from marine sediments (PalaeoE)
  • X-ray computed tomography library of shark anatomy and lower jaw surface models (Scientific Data)
  • Asymmetry in dentition and shape of pharyngeal arches in the clonal fish Chrosomus eos-neogaeus: Phenotypic plasticity and developmental instability (PLOS ONE)
  • Intra-specific variation and allometry of the skull of Late Cretaceous side-necked turtle Bauruemys elegans (Pleurodira, Podocnemididae) and how to deal with morphometric data in fossil vertebrates (PeerJ)
  • A Short-Snouted, Middle Triassic Phytosaur and its Implications for the Morphological Evolution and Biogeography of Phytosauria (Scientific Reports)
  • A new occurrence of Dakotasuchus kingi from the Late Cretaceous of Utah, USA, and the diagnostic utility of postcranial characters in Crocodyliformes (APP)
  • Moabosaurus utahensis, n. Gen., n. sp., A New Sauropod From The Early Cretaceous (Aptian) of North America (U of Michigan Museum of Paleo Contributions)
  • The first reported ceratopsid dinosaur from eastern North America (Owl Creek Formation, Upper Cretaceous, Mississippi, USA) (PeerJ Preprints)
  • A new tiny dromaeosaurid dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol Group of western Liaoning and niche differentiation among the Jehol dromaeosaurids (Vertebrate PalAsiatica)
  • Aspects of gorgonopsian paleobiology and evolution: insights from the basicranium, occiput, osseous labyrinth, vasculature, and neuroanatomy (PeerJ)
  • A new tribe of castoroidine beavers from the late Arikareean to Hemphillian (Oligocene–Miocene) of western North America (APP)
  • Co-option of an endogenous retrovirus envelope for host defense in hominid ancestors (eLife)
  • Open data and digital morphology (ProcB)

Community Events and Society Updates:

  • PLOS Science Wednesday Reddit AMA transcript: Rebekah Rogers (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Specific Specimens:

  • Matt’s best tetrapod photos of 2016 (SV-POW)
  • Paleo Profile: The Moab Lizard (Laelaps)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • David Dale Owen and the first geological survey of Minnesota (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Nick Fraser on Triassic Reptiles (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Arts, Books, 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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