Fossil Friday Roundup: August 18, 2017

Featured Image: Lower jaw of Anatoliadelphys maasae, from Maga et al. 2017. CC-BY.

Papers (All Open Access):

  • Quid est Clea helena? Evidence for a previously unrecognized radiation of assassin snails (Gastropoda: Buccinoidea: Nassariidae) (PeerJ)
  • Telychian (Llandovery, Silurian) conodonts from the LaPorte City Formation of eastern Iowa, USA (East-Central Iowa Basin) and their implications for global Telychian conodont biostratigraphic correlation (PalaeoE)
  • New findings in a 400 million-year-old Devonian placoderm shed light on jaw structure and function in basal gnathostomes (Scientific Reports)
  • The completeness of the fossil record of plesiosaurs, marine reptiles from the Mesozoic (APP)
  • A new site with Oligocene terrestrial mammals and an Oligocene selachian fauna from Minqar Tibaghbagh, the Western Desert of Egypt (APP)
  • Beyond the carapace: skull shape variation and morphological systematics of long-nosed armadillos (genus Dasypus) (PeerJ)
  • Increasing knowledge on biodiversity patterns and climate changes in Earth’s history by international cooperation: introduction to the proceedings IGCP 596/SDS Meeting Brussels (2015) (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments)
  • Skeleton of an unusual, cat-sized marsupial relative (Metatheria: Marsupialiformes) from the middle Eocene (Lutetian: 44-43 million years ago) of Turkey (PLOS ONE)
  • Cheek tooth morphology and ancient mitochondrial DNA of late Pleistocene horses from the western interior of North America: Implications for the taxonomy of North American Late Pleistocene Equus (PLOS ONE)
  • Late Pleistocene songbirds of Liang Bua (Flores, Indonesia); the first fossil passerine fauna described from Wallacea (PeerJ)
  • A dinosaur missing-link? Chilesaurus and the early evolution of ornithischian dinosaurs (Biology Letters)


  • A unique Morrison-Formation sauropod specimen with biconcave dorsal vertebrae (PeerJ Preprints)
  • The complicated and surprisingly early origin of the pterodactyloid bauplan (PeerJ Preprints)
  • Reviewing the vertebrate fossil record (PeerJ Preprints)
  • Upper Karoo vertebrate assemblages (Late Triassic/Early Jurassic) of the Late Kariba region, Zimbabwe (PeerJ Preprints)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • The Paleontological Society Student Ambassador Program (PS‐SAP), deadline Sept. 1 (Link)
  • SVPCA 2017, September 12–15, Birmingham, England (Link)
    • SVPCA/SPPC 2017 abstracts collection on PeerJ (Link)
  • Call for Nominations: Nat’l Academy of Sciences Elliot Medal, due Oct. 12 (Link)
  • Principles of Vertebrate Functional Morphology, October 16–20, 2017, Barcelona, Spain (Link)
  • North American Paleontological Convention June 23–27 2019 (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.

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