Fossil Friday Roundup: April 28, 2017

Featured Image: Juvenile specimen of Manchurochelys manchoukuoensis (PMOL-AR00007). From Shao et al (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Polyphyly of the extinct family Oviparosiphidae and its implications for inferring aphid evolution (Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha) (PLOS ONE)
  • The phylogeny of fossil whip spiders (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Miocene sepiids (Cephalopoda, Coleoidea) from Australia (Fossil Record)
  • Redescription of ‘Perleidus‘ (Osteichthys, Actinopterygii) from the Early Triassic of Northwestern Madagascar (RIPS)
  • Virtual reconstruction of the endocranial anatomy of the early Jurassic marine crocodylomorph Pelagosaurus typus (Thalattosuchia) (PeerJ)
  • Evolution of developmental sequences in lepidosaurs (PeerJ)
  • New species of Deinogalerix (Mammalia, Eulipotyphla) from the late Miocene of Scontrone (Abruzzo, central Italy) (PalaeoE)
  • Assessment of dental ontogeny in late Miocene hipparionines from the Lamagou fauna of Fugu, Shaanxi Province, China (PLOS ONE)
  • Re-evaluation of the very large Eomellivora fricki (Pia, 1939) (Carnivora, Mustelidae, Mellivorinae) from the Late Miocene of Austria (PalaeoE)
  • Forelimb bone curvature in terrestrial and arboreal mammals (PeerJ)
  • First report of bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera) from the Gray Fossil Site (late Miocene or early Pliocene), Tennessee, USA (PeerJ)
  • Biases in the study of relationships between biodiversity dynamics and fluctuation of environmental conditions (PalaeoE)
  • Role of Sediment Size and Biostratinomy on the Development of Biofilms in Recent Avian Vertebrate Remains (Frontiers in Earth Science)
  • RelTime rates collapses to a strict clock when estimating the timeline of animal diversification (GBE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • PLOS Early Career Travel Award Program, Due May 31 (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Ouch! U of T paleontologists identify 508-million-year-old sea creature with can opener-like pincers (Link)
  • Walking with ichthyosaurs: the amphibious ichthyosaur hypothesis (Mark Witton Blog)
  • The Mark of the Mosasaur (Laelaps)
  • Prenocephale: Beast of the Week (Prehistoric Beast of the Week)
  • The Case of the Headless Corythosaurus (Laelaps)
  • Japan’s largest fossilized dinosaur skeleton unearthed in Hokkaido (Link)
  • Fossil Friday – possible bobcat tooth (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Pinnipeds: Ribbon and Ringed Seals (Synapsida)
  • Paleo Profile: Little Anubis (Laelaps)
  • Episode 7: Primates (Common Descent Podcast)
  • Controversial study claims humans reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought (Link)
  • DNA from extinct humans discovered in cave sediments (Link)
  • Replica Brain Reveals Advanced Communication In Fossil Human Ancestor (Link)
  • Smile: fun things to look for in your dental x-rays (SV-POW)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

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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