Fossil Friday Roundup: May 26, 2017

Featured Image:   Dorsal view of Promecops (Promecodes) divarichela n. sp. in Dominican amber. From Poinar and Legalov (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Impact of e-publication changes in the International Code of Nomenclature for algae, fungi and plants (Melbourne Code, 2012) – did we need to “run for our lives”? (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • Five new species from the subfamily Entiminae (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Dominican amber (PalaeoE)
  • Storm effects on intertidal invertebrates: increased beta diversity of few individuals and species (PeerJ)
  • A three-dimensional placoderm (stem-group gnathostome) pharyngeal skeleton and its implications for primitive gnathostome pharyngeal architecture (Journal of Morphology)
  • New evidence indicates the presence of barracuda (Sphyraenidae) and supports a tropical marine environment in the Miocene of Madagascar (PLOS ONE)
  • The first reported ceratopsid dinosaur from eastern North America (Owl Creek Formation, Upper Cretaceous, Mississippi, USA) (PeerJ)
  • The first Eocene rodents from the Pacific Northwest, USA (PalaeoE)
  • Late Miocene bats from the Jurua River, State of Acre, Brazil, with a description of a new genus of Thyropteridae (Chiroptera, Mammalia) (Contributions in Science)
  • Alveoli, teeth, and tooth loss: Understanding the homology of internal mandibular structures in mysticete cetaceans (PLOS ONE)
  • Independent evolution of baleen whale gigantism linked to Plio-Pleistocene ocean dynamics (ProcB)
  • Reconstruction of the musculoskeletal system in an extinct lion (PalaeoE)
  • Potential hominin affinities of Graecopithecus from the Late Miocene of Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • Messinian age and savannah environment of the possible hominin Graecopithecus from Europe (PLOS ONE)
  • Early Upper Paleolithic colonization across Europe: Time and mode of the Gravettian diffusion (PLOS ONE)
  • Morphology and sediment deformation of downslope Brasilichnium trackways on a dune slipface in the Nugget Sandstone of northeastern Utah, USA (PalaeoE)
  • Assessing sampling of the fossil record in a geographically and stratigraphically constrained dataset: the Chalk Group of Hampshire, southern UK (Journal of the Geological Society)


  • The Chinese colossus: an evaluation of the phylogeny of Ruyangosaurus giganteus and its implications for titanosaur evolution (PeerJ Preprints)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • PLOS Early Career Travel Award Program, Due May 31 (Link)
  • Support the Excavation of the KU T.rex in Montana (Link)
  • Series: Park Paleontology News – Spring 2017 (Link)
  • Announcing the First Call for Papers on Vertebrate Paleontology of Eastern North America, Southeastern Association of Vertebrate Paleontologists, and annual meeting, June 14–17, 2017 (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Ooooh, Barracuda! (PLOS Paleo)
  • Postosuchus: Beast of the Week (Prehistoric Beast of the Week)
  • OMNH 2162, probable dorsal 2 of the big apatosaur (SV-POW)
  • Secret Air Sacs Made This Dinosaur Extra Light (Laelaps)
  • Secret Origins of the First Hippos (Synapsida)
  • Fossil Friday – Paramylodon claw (Valley of the Mastodon)
  • Life in the Precambrian may have been much livelier than previously thought (Link)
  • How Long Did The Dinosaurs Last After Chicxulub Impact? ‘Maybe Months’ (Link)

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

  • Permian Monster exhibit to make first U.S. stop at Sternberg (Link)
  • Social Media, Preprints, and a Dinosaur Tooth (PLOS Paleo)
  • Updates (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Episode 9 – The Cambrian Explosion (Common Descent)
  • National Monuments, Paleo, and the Future (Prehistoric Pub)
  • Listen to Matt spout nonsense on Fist Full of Podcasts (SV-POW)
  • Even Anthropologists are not Infallible: A Missing Link from Nebraska (Paige Fossil History)
  • Tutorial 32: How to ensure that no-one will ever use your PhyloPic silhouettes (SV-POW)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • When to stay away from outcrops and exposures (Equatorial Minnesota)
  • Special events celebrate Isle of Wight’s dinosaur pioneer (Link)

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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