Fossil Friday Roundup: July 28, 2017

Featured Image: Maevia eureka from Riquelme and Menéndez-Acuña (2017)

Papers (All Open Access):

  • A Burmese amber fossil of Radula (Porellales, Jungermanniopsida) provides insights into the Cretaceous evolution of epiphytic lineages of leafy liverworts (Fossil Record)
  • An exceptionally preserved 110 million years old praying mantis provides new insights into the predatory behaviour of early mantodeans (PeerJ)
  • Geometric morphometrics reveals sex-differential shape allometry in a spider (PeerJ)
  • Miocene spider Maevia eureka nov. sp. (Araneae: Salticidae) (PeerJ)
  • Reappraisal of Mesozoic fishes and associated invertebrates and flora from Talbragar and Koonwarra, eastern Australia (Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria)
  • Neogene Proto-Caribbean porcupinefishes (Diodontidae) (PLOS ONE)
  • Lower Cretaceous fossils from China shed light on the ancestral body plan of crown softshell turtles (Trionychidae, Cryptodira) (Scientific Reports)
  • A juvenile of the multiple-tooth-rowed reptile Labidosaurikos (Eureptilia, Captorhinidae, Moradisaurinae) from the Lower Permian of north-central Texas (PaleoBios)
  • Morpho-functional characterization of the systemic venous pole of the reptile heart (Scientific Reports)
  • Two types of bone necrosis in the Middle Triassic Pistosaurus longaevus bones: the results of integrated studies (RSOS)
  • High diversity of the Ganzhou Oviraptorid Fauna increased by a new “cassowary-like” crested species (Scientific Reports)
  • Reappraisal of Austrosaurus mckillopi Longman, 1933 from the Allaru Mudstone of Queensland, Australia’s first named Cretaceous sauropod dinosaur (Alcheringa)
  • Correlated evolution of sternal keel length and ilium length in birds (PeerJ)
  • Plantar pressure distribution of ostrich during locomotion on loose sand and solid ground (PeerJ)
  • Ontogenetic variations and structural adjustments in mammals evolving prolonged to continuous dental growth (RSOS)
  • Neanderthal-Derived Genetic Variation Shapes Modern Human Cranium and Brain (Scientific Reports)
  • A laid-back trip through the Hennigian Forests (PeerJ)


  • Theropod specimens from the Navesink Formation and their implications for the Diversity and Biogeography of Ornithomimosaurs and Tyrannosauroids on Appalachia (PeerJ)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • Diversity in Paleontology Workshop GoFundMe (Link)
  • SVP Paleontology Education Workshop (Link)
  • SVP Women in Paleontology Luncheon (Link)
  • SVP 2017, August 23–26,  Calgary, Alberta (Link)
  • SVPCA 2017, September 12–15, Birmingham, England (Link)
  • Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology, October 16–20, 2017, Barcelona, Spain (Link)
  • The Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program (PS‐SAP), Deadline Sept. 1 (Link)
  • 2017 Election Ballot is Open until August 15 (Paleo Society)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (Link)
  • Paleontology Field Internship, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, application deadline August 14 (Link)
  • Valley of the Mastodons Workshop and Exhibits schedule (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

  • A Wrinkle in Time (Pseudoplocephalus)
  • Flipping subscription journals to OA: Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics (SV-POW)
  • New paper: “A multi-disciplinary perspective on emergent and future innovations in peer review” – Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything (Green Tea and Velociraptors)

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

  • Doctoral Student Launches Website Explaining Climate Change, Evolution (Link)
  • Paleo-Interview with Dr. Eugenia Leone Gold (Paleo Society)
  • Nick Matzke, Computational Biogeographer (Time Scavengers)
  • Preparing for a scientific ocean drilling expedition (Time Scavengers)

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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