Fossil Friday Roundup: August 4, 2017

Featured Image: Plate 40, drawn by Mary Morland, from W. Buckland (1824b) showing the lectotype right dentary of Megalosaurus. From Howlett et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • First discovery of the charophycean green alga Lychnothamnus barbatus (Charophyceae) extant in the New World (American Journal of Botany)
  • Evolutionary response to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau uplift: phylogeny and biogeography of Ammopiptanthus and tribe Thermopsideae (Fabaceae) (PeerJ)
  • The ancestral flower of angiosperms and its early diversification (Nature Communications)
  • Pleistocene to Holocene benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the Peruvian continental margin (PalaeoE)
  • Hostplant change and paleoclimatic events explain diversification shifts in skipper butterflies (Family: Hesperiidae) (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • The taxonomic status of the genus Hubertoceras Spath: A new light on sexual dimorphism from the Callovian ammonites of Kutch, India (PalaeoE)
  • Historical Quarries, Decay and Petrophysical Properties of Carbonate Stones Used in the Historical Center of Madrid (Spain) (AIMS Geosciences)
  • The first data on the innervation of the lophophore in the rhynchonelliform brachiopod Hemithiris psittacea: what is the ground pattern of the lophophore in lophophorates? (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • A unique Cretaceous–Paleogene lineage of piranha-jawed pycnodont fishes (Scientific Reports)
  • Plio-Pleistocene phylogeography of the Southeast Asian Blue Panchax killifish, Aplocheilus panchax (PLOS ONE)
  • Two pelobatid frogs from the late Miocene of Caucasus (Russia) (PalaeoE)
  • An Exceptionally Preserved Three-Dimensional Armored Dinosaur Reveals Insights into Coloration and Cretaceous Predator-Prey Dynamics (Current Biology)
  • Using step width to compare locomotor biomechanics between extinct, non-avian theropod dinosaurs and modern obligate bipeds (J Royal Society Interface)
  • New light on the history of Megalosaurus, the great lizard of Stonesfield (Archives of Natural History)
  • Catalogue of the fossil bird holdings of the Bavarian State Collection of Palaeontology and Geology in Munich (Bayerische Staatssammlung)
  • The evolution of dual meat and milk cattle husbandry in Linearbandkeramik societies (ProcB)
  • Small carnivores from a Late Neolithic burial chamber at Çatalhöyük, Turkey: pelts, rituals, and rodents (Archaeological and Anthropological Science)

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)
  • Call for Nominations: Nat’l Academy of Sciences Elliot Medal (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

Museums, Methods, and Musings:

Featured Folks and Fieldwork:

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. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6784-3980

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