Fossil Friday Roundup: September 1, 2017

Featured Image: Paratype of †Sorbinicharax verraesi. MCSNV Na 47. From Mayrinck et al. (2017).

Papers (All Open Access):

  • The functional head of the Cambrian radiodontan (stem-group Euarthropoda) Amplectobelua symbrachiata (BMC Evolutionary Biology)
  • New insights into Mesozoic cycad evolution: an exploration of anatomically preserved Cycadaceae seeds from the Jurassic Oxford Clay biota (PeerJ)
  • The wasp larva’s last supper: 100 million years of evolutionary stasis in the larval development of rhopalosomatid wasps (Hymenoptera: Rhopalosomatidae) (Fossil Record)
  • Early Jurassic diversification of pycnodontiform fishes (Actinopterygii, Neopterygii) after the end-Triassic extinction event: evidence from a new genus and species, Grimmenodon aureum (JVP)
  • Sorbinicharax verraesi: An unexpected case of a benthic fish outside Acanthomorpha in the Upper Cretaceous of the Tethyan Sea (PLOS ONE)
  • A new Mississippian tetrapod from Fife, Scotland, and its environmental context (Papers in Palaeontology)
  • Dinosaur origin of egg color: oviraptors laid blue-green eggs (PeerJ)
  • The jaw is a second-class lever in Pedetes capensis (Rodentia: Pedetidae) (PeerJ)
  • A revision of European Plesiosminthus (Rodentia, Dipodidae), and new material from the upper Oligocene of Teruel (Spain) (PalaeoE)
  • High incidence of cervical ribs indicates vulnerable condition in Late Pleistocene woolly rhinoceroses (PeerJ)
  • Three-Dimensional Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Fossil Canid Mandibles and Skulls (Scientific Reports)
  • Ancient whales did not filter feed with their teeth (Biology Letters)
  • Dental development in Homo naledi (Biology Letters)
  • Correction to ‘Fossil skulls reveal that blood flow rate to the brain increased faster than brain volume during human evolution’ (RSOS)
  • Quaternary vertebrate faunas from Sumba, Indonesia: implications for Wallacean biogeography and evolution (ProcB)
  • New dating evidence of the early presence of hominins in Southern Europe (Scientific Reports)
  • Hidden subsurface garden on own faeces — the trace fossil Tubulichnium rectum (Fischer-Ooster, 1858) from the Cretaceous-Palaeogene deep-sea sediments (PalaeoE)

Community Events, Society Updates, and Resources:

  • 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)
  • Support The Paleontological Society With Your T-Shirt! (Link)

New and Views:

Animals and Anatomy:

  • Episode 16 – Cephalopods (Common Descent)
  • South American caiman ancestor gulped its prey like a pelican (PLOS Paleo)
  • ‘Sea dragon’ fossil is ‘largest on record’ (BBC)
  • The Unique and Efficient 4-Flipper Locomotion of Plesiosaurs (Tetrapod Zoology)
  • Paleo Profile: The Horned Lizard (Laelaps)
  • An Old Dinosaur with New Information (Dr. Neurosaurus)
  • Paleontologists discover new species of sauropod dinosaur in Tanzania (Link)
  • Paleo Profile: The Silk Bird (Laelaps)
  • Herds of mammoths roamed far further across America than thought: Researchers find the animals travelled hundreds of miles across Texas to graze (Link)
  • How horses lost their toes (Link)
  • Oldest direct evidence of humans in the Americas? (PLOS Paleo)

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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